The Lying Room

“Don’t be afraid to tell the truth, even if it’s a lie.”
     —Lucie Brock-Broido

What is the language of truth in poetry? If a poem is not a recollection of an event, but rather, a poem is an event, then how do we translate the emotion of what happened? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll write and workshop new poems that reach into the heart of human emotion. We won’t be afraid of crafting our best lies in the best order to attain the truest truth possible. Poets we’ll look to for guidance include Paul Celan, Joy Harjo, Frank Bidart, Sarah Kirsch, Matthew Rasmussen, Lucie Brock-Broido, Terrance Hayes, Ilya Kaminsky and more. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Tuesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Carlie Hoffman
  • Dates: April 5–May 3, 2022
  • Time: Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30 PM (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, MARCH 27, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, FEB 6
Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman

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.