What is the language of excruciation? How do we as poets craft a beautiful music out of our extreme longing and our painful, innermost parts? In this generative, five-week online workshop, we’ll interrogate our individual and collective suffering in order to find a way to name it through the language of poetry. Guided by the poems and ephemera of poets who are masterful in writing about the excruciating, such as Paul Celan, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Don Mee Choi, Frank Bidart, Wanda Coleman, Victor Montejo, Rose Ausländer and more, we’ll draft and workshop four new poems that bring to light our humanity and hold us together in poetry. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Wednesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Carlie Hoffman is the author of This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021). Her second collection is also forthcoming with Four Way Books in 2023. A poet and translator, her honors include a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize and a Poet’s & Writers Amy Award. Carlie earned her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow and served as Graduate Director of the Columbia Artist Teachers (CA/T) program. She has previously taught creative writing workshops at Columbia University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and the Young Women’s Leadership School. Currently, Carlie is an instructor of creative writing at Purchase College–SUNY and also teaches creative writing at Ramapo College. Carlie is the founder and editor-in-chief of Small Orange Journal.