Vibe City: Poetics of the Crush

In this five-week workshop, we’ll explore crushing as a liminal space in which the possibilities for being remain perpetually unfinished. Our interests will coalesce around topics of self-crushing, romantic crushing, literary and geographic crushing, etc. What ethical questions arise in writing desire? Can a haptic approach to writing generate new forms of relation, both of and beyond the quotidian? We’ll read essays, poems, letters and diary excerpts while working on in-class writing (lyric, epistolary, and automatic writing exercises) and take-home prompts.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: imogen xtian smith
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Feb 14–Mar 21, 2023 (Mar 7 off)
  • Time: Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: 144 Montague St, Brooklyn
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, FEB 12, 2023
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, FEB 12
imogen xtian smith

imogen xtian smith

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.