Heather Derr-Smith met with students at the Gymnasium in Gracanica, Bosnia for poetry workshops on May 14, 2019. It was a great group of young people so excited to share poetry and literature and to perform their parody of Hamlet which was hilarious. They were so full of joy. Derr-Smith presented work by Jericho Brown, Ilya Kaminsky, and Gabrielle Calvocoressi as well as work by Selma Asotic, Amila Kahrovic-Posavljak, and Ani Gjika, and Velid Beganovic-Borjen. Students made quilt blocks with messages of thanks or quotes from things they had read during the semester for their teacher. Derr-Smith will embroider there messages on a quilt to send to Ljela Djulic.
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Heather Derr-Smith is an American Poet and the author of The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005). and Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press. 2016). Her fourth collection, Thrust, won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and was published at Persea Books in 2017. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She teaches poetry in conflict zones and post-conflict zones and with refugees, migrants, and trauma survivors in the United States. View all posts by Heather Derr-Smith