Poetry, Road Maps and Preservation

Poetry is a way of recording history and experiences. Whether in the form of a song, nursery rhyme, sonnet, epic or haiku, poetry is an act of preservation. It has also allowed groups who have been historically excluded from industries like publishing to tell their stories without restrictions and ensure their experiences aren’t forgotten. In this weekly drop-in class, we’ll attempt to preserve our own history through poetry. We’ll recall personal experiences, family stories and hometown tales only told by word of mouth, mentioned in passing or whispered late at night while sitting around the fire. This generative session will be an opportunity to make sense of our origins and arrivals, our movement and—sometimes—removement from one home to the next, the means or lack of means of transportation along the way, and the geography of where we are and where we’ve been. Sharing will be encouraged but optional. (Note that drop-in classes are not a forum for critique of work; students looking for critique should register for multi-week workshops.)

Drop-In Details


  • Teacher: Kyle Liang
  • Beginning date: Jul 28, 2022
  • Time: Thursdays, 5:00–6:00 pm
  • Location: 144 Montague St
  • Cost: $23 in advance / $25 at the door
    $20 for members anytime
  • Upcoming dates off: No class Dec 1.

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Kyle Liang

Kyle Liang

Kyle Liang is the son of Taiwanese and Malaysian immigrants. He is the author of the chapbook How to Build a House (Swan Scythe Press, 2018), and his work has appeared in Best of the Net, the Margins, Glass, wildness and elsewhere. His poems have been nominated for the Best New Poets and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Kyle lives in New York, where he works as a physician assistant in internal medicine, and he is also an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, where he teaches a course on health, aging and intersectionality.