In this five-week online workshop at the start of the new year, we’ll meditate on the concept of Future Self, the version of yourself and your poems that you know you can be and that you want to write. In an atmosphere of self-trust and mutual respect, and through weekly exercises, prompts and workshopping, we’ll let go of limiting beliefs that no longer serve us and our poems and find new ways of feeling and writing so that we may become unstuck. In addition to thinking about our future selves, we’ll closely read and be guided by classic and contemporary poets who are similarly exploring the field of possibility and manifestation, including Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Diane di Prima, Ray Young Bear, Tracy K. Smith, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Tarfia Faizullah, Rio Cortez and Major Jackson, among others. This workshop is designed to meet you where you are at—open to all. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Wednesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of the poetry collections Basic Needs (Rescue Press, 2021) and Images for Radical Politics (Rescue Press, 2016), which was the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize contest. She is a graduate of Poly Prep Country Day School in NYC and Tufts University, and she received an MA in English from St. John’s University and an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College, where she was the recipient of the 2010 Himan Brown Award in Poetry. From 2012 to 2015, she copublished the literary project Five Quarterly, and she has taught English and writing at St. John’s University and Newark Academy and workshops for Brooklyn Poets, the International Women’s Writing Guild and the Geneva Writers Group. Currently, she runs the literary arm of the arts & literary consulting company Collective Consciousness NYC, Inc, where she offers writing coaching and editing services. Of Belizean and Colombian descent, she is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY.