In this five-week workshop, we’ll explore play as a means of generating writerly confidence, drawing from prompts outlined in Yoko Ono’s book Grapefruit. What happens when we allow spontaneity, chance, guided movement, and collaboration to set the tone of our writing and editing process? What is the relationship between a willingness to play, improvise and take risks to developing as an artist? We’ll demolish and resurrect poems that have confounded you while generating new, multiform work via group exercises and collaborations.
We strongly encourage all in-person workshop participants to wear masks. Workshop participants may be required to wear masks as an accessibility accommodation for other participants or the instructor.
imogen xtian smith is a poet and performer living in Lenapehoking / Brooklyn, NY. Their work has appeared in Baest, b l u s h, Folder, the Rumpus, the Poetry Project Newsletter and Tagvverk among other places, as well as in We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics. imogen holds an MFA from NYU and was a 2021–22 Emerge–Surface–Be Fellow at the Poetry Project. Their debut collection, stemmy things, is out from Nightboat Books.