The Poetry of Change with Luke Hathaway

October 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia

Printed words are static on the page, yet poets—enamoured by the metamorphic properties of life—are always trying to find ways to get their work to embody changefulness. In this workshop with Luke Hathaway (The Affirmations), look at some examples of words that change and try your hand at creating linguistic structures that both describe and embody transformation. The event will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 12PM ADT. Location TBD.

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“…a trans-mystical work of love and change…”—Ali Blythe, author of Hymnswitch

The mystics who coined the phrase ‘the way of affirmation’ understood the apocalyptic nature of the word yes, the way it can lead out of one life and into another. Moving among the languages of Christian conversion, Classical metamorphosis, seasonal transformation, and gender transition, Luke Hathaway tells the story of the love that rewired his being, asking each of us to experience the transfiguration that can follow upon saying yes—with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul, with all one’s mind, with all one’s strength … and with all one’s body, too.


Luke Hathaway is a trans poet who teaches English and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has been before now at some time boy and girl, bush, bird, and a mute fish in the sea. His book Years, Months, and Days was named a best book of 2018 in The New York Times. He mentors new librettists as a faculty member in the Amadeus Choir’s Choral Composition Lab, and makes music with Daniel Cabena as part of the metamorphosing ensemble ANIMA.