This weekly drop-in class will give participants the permission to embrace drama and go big in their writing. While “drama” can mean extreme exaggeration or even fiction, it can also mean daring to speak the truth. We’ll consider what it means to be “dramatic” or “too much” in our writing and what truths we can access by leaning into our dramatic selves. At the beginning of each class, we’ll read and discuss one or two poems that express our class theme, followed by prompts to generate new work. Some poets we will read include CA Conrad, Morgan Parker, Bernadette Mayer, Chen Chen and many more. (Note that drop-in classes are not a forum for critique of work; students looking for critique should register for multi-week workshops.)
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Erin Mizrahi (she/they) is a Pushcart-nominated poet, educator, collaborator, cofounder and editor-in-chief of the literary and arts magazine Cobra Milk. Erin holds a PhD in comparative studies in literature and culture from the University of Southern California and has received fellowships from Asylum Arts and the Institute for Jewish Creativity. Their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Maudlin House, Sonora Review, Gasher Journal, Rogue Agent, Yes Poetry, the Ben Yehuda Press anthology Strange Fire: Jewish Voices from the Pandemic and elsewhere. Erin has taught at USC, Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Fordham University and NYU–Los Angeles.