SUNDAY, DEC. 19th | Poets have been focusing their work on the body for ages — on pleasure, on identity, on beauty, on illness, and on the body as a living target. We write from our lived experiences and the way our body moves through the world shapes our stories and songs. As we revisit on the page what our bodies endure, it is necessary to build a practice centered in tenderness and care. This 3-hour online class is a generative space to explore pleasure, trauma, survival and healing through writing poetry about the body. We will dive into themes of sexuality, desire and pain, while reading poems by authors such as Leila Chatti, Derrick Austin and Destiny Birdsong.
Through close readings of poems, guided free writes and discussing poetic strategies, we will use our time together on creating new work so you’ll have drafts you can continue working on after class. This session is great for all levels of poets and writers who seek to find new ways to write about the body and enhance their craft.
Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for details.
Preeti Vangani is the author of Mother Tongue Apologize, winner of the RL India Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in The Threepenny Review, Gulf Coast, Cortland Review among other places. A graduate of University of San Francisco’s MFA Program, Preeti has received fellowships and support from Ucross, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Pen America and the California Center for Cultural Innovation.
Number of sessions: 1
Dates: Sunday, December 19
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $100