"I love you. I'm glad I exist": Daily Poems of Gratitude & Affirmation

How do we mark the days? How do we care for the mundane and charged experiences that fill our lives? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll read and discuss poems that track daily living, infusing our writing practice with vulnerability, immediacy and mystery. We’ll approach poetry writing as a ritualistic practice, for mourning and for celebration and even for boredom—to mark the still rich days where “nothing” happened. Poets we’ll discuss include Marilyn Hacker, Aracelis Girmay, Nazim Hikmet, Fay Chiang, Diane Di Prima, Patricia Spears Jones, Dorianne Laux, Wendy Cope and more. Come ready to write about your life as you are. No prior writing experience necessary. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Wo Chan
  • Level: I
  • Dates: Jul 31–Aug 28, 2022
  • Time: Sundays, 2:00–5:00 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JUL 24, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, JUNE 19
Wo Chan

Wo Chan

Wo Chan, who performs as the Illustrious Pearl, is a poet and drag artist. They are a winner of the 2020 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the author of Togetherness (2022). Wo has received fellowships from MacDowell, New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, the Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House and Lambda Literary. Their poems appear in Poetry, Wussy, No Tokens and the Margins. As a member of the Brooklyn-based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play, Wo has performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts and elsewhere. They live in Brooklyn, New York. Find them at @theillustriouspearl.