Bad Behavior

“Do not forget that a poem, although it is composed in the language of information, is not used in the language-game of giving information.”
—Ludwig Wittgenstein

Because we are human, we are not exempt from doing bad things. At its best, poetry surprises us by nudging us to set aside certain meanings in order to make room for more complex ways to understand our experiences. In this six-week workshop, students will learn to write poems situated in both the bad behavior we observe and the bad things we ourselves have done. Students will be encouraged to write poems that surprise themselves. To ground our work, we’ll read and discuss poems by writers such as Kaveh Akbar, Ama Codjoe, Kyle Dacuyan, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Ladan Osman, Wisława Szymborska and Emily Jungmin Yoon, among others.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Cindy Tran
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Jul 14–Aug 18, 2022
  • Time: Thursdays, 6:30–9:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: 144 Montague St, Brooklyn
  • Cost: $445
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JUL 10, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, JUNE 19
Cindy Tran

Cindy Tran

Cindy Tran is the author of the poetry collection Sonnet Crown for NYC (2021), winner of the Thornwillow Patrons’ Prize. A recipient of fellowships from NYSCA/NYFA, the Poetry Project, and the Loft Literary Center, her work has been presented at the Shed, Lincoln Center, and the BBC. Cindy’s poems have been published in Slice, the Margins, Copper Nickel and elsewhere.