The Poet at Work

What do poets have to say about work? How does capital influence poetry? This workshop asks students to do three things: 1) Respond to the demands of labor on human life; 2) consider how these demands structure language and imagination; and 3) experiment with poetic forms that allow us to interrogate and shift capitalist power dynamics. This workshop will combine robust conversation about readings with a rigorous and empathetic poetry workshop. Readings will include poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, W.H. Auden, Wendy Xu, Morgan Parker and Jericho Brown, as well as prose by Karl Marx and Toni Morrison.

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Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s a sixth-grade humanities educator and robotics coach. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. Her Spells for Black Wizards was a 2017 TAR Chapbook Series winner and published by the Atlas Review, and futureblack, her first full-length poetry manuscript, was a 2018 National Poetry Series finalist. Her work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House, Hyperallergic and Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, among other places. She earned her master’s in education from Stanford University and has been awarded fellowships from Cave Canem, Brooklyn Poets and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.