In the age of the attention economy, we are all, by design, addicted—whether it be to devices, work, sex, caffeine, sugar or any number of other substances or habits. In this workshop, we’ll interrogate the fears that hold us back and work toward integrating more intentional practices in our lives and on the page. Through mindfulness writing and rewriting exercises, and close readings of poems by Kaveh Akbar, Chad Abushanab, Jericho Brown, Ocean Vuong, Eugenia Leigh, Mary Oliver and others, we’ll deploy the therapeutic strategy of the heroic revision: rewriting the narratives of our lives (and the dialogues in our heads) by allowing the progress we make, in life and work, to inform our self-beliefs—while engaged in the process of actual textual revision. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Debora Kuan is the author of XING (Saturnalia) and Lunch Portraits (Brooklyn Arts Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, the New Republic, Michigan Quarterly Review, Iowa Review, ZYZZYVA and other magazines. She has worked on the editorial masthead of Poetry magazine and has taught at the 92nd Street Y as a teaching artist. She has also written about mental health and the mind-body connection for the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. She is currently the poet laureate of Wallingford, CT, where she lives with her family.