Basement Hymns: Writing Unexpected Poems

How can bold or surprising images and language serve as tools for writing unexpected, unforgettable poems? How might we flip the script on traditional anthems, hymns and odes, and what and who might inspire unexpected, poetic tribute? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll read, write and workshop traditional and experimental poems that alchemize, inspire and challenge. Readings will include poems by Tina Chang, Ada Limón, Mary Ruefle, Megan Merchant, Chen Chen, Rachel McKibbens, Suji Kwock Kim, John Murillo, Danez Smith and others. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Joan Kwon Glass
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Mar 26–Apr 30, 2023 (Apr 9 off)
  • Time: Sundays, 5:30–8:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, MAR 19, 2023
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, FEB 12
Joan Kwon Glass

Joan Kwon Glass

Joan Kwon Glass is the Korean American author of Night Swim (2022), winner of the Diode Editions Book Contest. She is editor-in-chief of Harbor Review, a Brooklyn Poets Mentor and poet laureate of Milford, CT. Joan’s work has won or been finalist for several prizes, including the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, the Subnivean Award and the Lumiere Review Award. Joan’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Prairie Schooner, the Margins, Rhino, Rattle, Dialogist and elsewhere.