LIVE via ZOOM: 7pm-9pm (Eastern)
Why does confessional poetry get a bad rap? Arguably, aren’t all poems confessional, revealing of human experiences and truths? This online workshop aims to encourage the risks and lessen the apprehension of writing about risky subjects. Together we will form a safe space that is affirming yet challenging. The focus will be on poems-in-progress, elaborating on intent, craft and process. We will also generate new writing through prompts, and discuss exemplar poems. In creating narratives of the self and family, we will tap into memory, psyche, emotions, culture and autobiography.
Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the full-length collections Threshold and Imago, and three chapbooks: Postcards, Aviary, Bestiary and Subways. His works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, Best of the Net, Memorious, Orion and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day. He serves as faculty at New York University and Fordham University. He cofounded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a national organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers Asian American literature.