Writing from the Disaster

It is not you who will speak; let the disaster speak in you.
—Maurice Blanchot

For some time now there have been rumblings about how we are at the threshold, how if we don’t do something, we’ll end up in variations of an apocalypse. We’ve been warned of an upcoming ecological, economic and political disaster when the truth is we are already on the other side of it—we are already inside of it. How, then, do we write of what is happening? How can we gain a bird’s-eye view of the destruction when we are living inside of it already? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll read and discuss poets whose work has set out to document, in one way or another, the disaster. And we will try, using what we have gleaned from our readings and discussions, to write, in our own way, about what we are seeing in our own contemporary world. We will spend the majority of each class workshopping one another’s poems. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Cynthia Cruz
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Nov 20–Dec 18, 2022
  • Time: Sundays, 10:30 am–1:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, NOV 13, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 18
Cynthia Cruz

Cynthia Cruz

Cynthia Cruz is the author of seven collections of poems. Hotel Oblivion, her seventh collection, was published in the spring of 2022 by Four Way Books; Disquieting: Essays on Silence, a collection of critical essays exploring the concept of silence as a form of resistance, was published by Book*hug in 2019; and The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class, an examination of Freudian melancholia and the working class, was published by Repeater Books in 2021. Forthcoming in 2023 are a novella, Steady Diet of Nothing; a collection of poems, Back to the Woods; and a book on the working class and negative freedom. Cruz is pursuing a PhD in philosophy at the European Graduate School.