The Archive as Resistance

In this workshop we’ll read, view and discuss practices and practitioners of the archive, examining how by utilizing this practice poets can insist on the complexities inherent in their lives. To practice archiving means weaving actual objects, images and memories from our own lived lives into our poems. Using examples from the visual arts, experimental film, theory and contemporary poetry, this workshop will provide a space to explore and practice how to archive. Some of the texts we’ll discuss in this class include works by filmmakers Jane Jim Kaysen and Sky Hopinka; visual artists Josephine Mekseper and Mark Bradford; excerpts from Laura Oldfield Ford’s zine Savage Messiah and from Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life; and poetry by Andy Mister, Allison Benis White, Bhanu Kapil, Dawn Lundy Martin and John Wieners.

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Cynthia Cruz’s first collection, Ruin, was published by Alice James Books in 2006. Her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published in 2012 and her third collection, Wunderkammer, in 2014 by Four Way Books. Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Boston Review and many other journals, and her essays, art and book reviews have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rumpus and Hyperallergic. She has taught at many colleges and universities, including the New School, Julliard, Queens College and the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program, as well as with Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is an art editor at Guernica magazine.