Writing in Color Craft Class: What Poems Want

$25.00 Members
$35.00 Non-members

In workshops, we’re often asked to point out what’s “working” and what’s “not working” and discuss ways to make our poems “stronger.” But what would it mean to enter a different kind of relationship with our writing--one in which we let the poem itself guide us to what it needs? In this revision-based craft class, we’ll see what happens when we try to ask: “What does the poem want?” We will look at poems that seem to have holes, hungers, and unrequited loves baked in. We’ll try out a few revision exercises that try to be in conversation with poems rather than fixing them. And we’ll discuss what it might mean to cultivate a healthy relationship with one’s own writing. Participants should bring 3-4 poem drafts that they would like to revise. This class is open to writers of all genres who also identify as people of color or from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Franny Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as one chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She was a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and has also received awards from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Princeton University’s Lewis Center. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times, Poetry, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She co-hosts the Poetry Foundation’s podcast VS (it’s pronounced “verses”—get it?) alongside Danez Smith and is currently a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College.

Instructor: Franny Choi Learn More


Aug 04, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm