Desire and Truth

How can poetry be a manifestation of one’s desire while also exposing unspoken truths? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll look at poetry and ephemera from poets masterful in writing about desire and encountering the feral heart that shimmers beneath. Each member of the class will workshop a poem each week, either a draft in progress or a new poem written out of the weekly guided prompts. We’ll talk about form and poetic techniques and get inspired to write and revise by reading compelling poems by poets such as Frank Bidart, Larry Levis, Ada Limón, Marie Howe, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Li-Young Lee, Yona Harvey, Daisy Zamora, Frank Stanford, Paul Celan, Cynthia Cruz, Allison Benis White and more. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Carlie Hoffman
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Oct 9–Nov 6, 2022
  • Time: Sundays, 2:00–5:00 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: FRI, OCT 7, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 18
Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman is the author of This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021). Her second collection is also forthcoming with Four Way Books in 2023. A poet and translator, her honors include a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize and a Poet’s & Writers Amy Award. Carlie earned her MFA in poetry from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was a creative writing teaching fellow and served as graduate director of the Columbia Artist Teachers (CA/T) program. She has previously taught creative writing workshops at Columbia University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and the Young Women’s Leadership School. Currently, Carlie is an instructor of creative writing at Purchase College–SUNY and also teaches creative writing at Ramapo College. Carlie is the founder and editor-in-chief of Small Orange Journal.