Hannah Beresford, originally of the Helderberg Escarpment of upstate New York, earned her MFA from New York University after spending four years on red dirt at Oklahoma State. Her poems are published or forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Mid-American Review, Sycamore Review, Pleiades, among others, and she is the recipient of a 2017-2018 fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She serves as poetry editor for No Tokens and teaches poetry at Drew University.
"I spent my residency at the Young Women’s Leadership school in Jamaica, Queens under the mentorship of Katie Rainey. The curriculum moved in the vein of creative writing and poetry but always with an inclination toward more philosophical pursuits of personhood and self-reflection. The class was eager and adept at recognizing and celebrating diversity and empathy. I lead the class through interpretation of dream poems as an entry point into metaphor. The students felt confident interpreting their dreams and the dreamscapes of poems and were exhilarated to find the process so closely adjacent to unpacking metaphor. I also lead a lesson focused on thought reflection that helped the students to access poetical associative leaps through careful (albeit playful) observation of their streams of consciousness."
Most Memorable TAP Moment:
"After a dream inspired free-write, students in TYWLS class shared their creative renderings of dreams and were asked to help each other unpack the possible metaphorical implications of one another’s dreams. The care they showed for one another—trying to possess the perspective of a classmate and decode the symbolism of their dreamscape—was intuitive and loving. The students were gentle and quick to share the burden of their interpretations of each other’s fears. They were as quick, if not quicker, to point toward the strengths, triumphs and dream metaphors of good fortune."