Writing In Color 2021 Retreat Preview: Q&A with André Hoilette

Editor's Note: In advance of the 2021 Writing In Color Retreat, we've asked the Faculty for a preview of their workshop style, what they're reading, and more.

What books/movies/tv shows have fired you up lately?

I am holding and revisiting Anodyne by Khadijah Queen. I am also just finishing Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky. The next read will be People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia. I haven't been watching tv, but would like to see the Loki series as well as re-visit Mandalorian.

What are you working/currently trying to work on these days?

I would like to have my manuscript and chapbook published. I would like them to be read.  With that in mind, I want to begin to submit it to reading periods for publication. I am also writing some in-between poems, a book review, an essay, and a couple of chapters for a friend's book.

How would you describe your workshop style?

I try for an inclusive workshop. I expect to learn something from the people I am workshopping with.  I try to minimize the hierarchy as well as make sure everyone gets equal time for peer review and discussion. I love a lively discussion and an exchange of ideas.

Are we living in a simulation or no?

No. The hatred and violence seem to be very real.


André Hoilette is teaching Writing in Color Retreat: Poetry Intensive. Learn more here.