Writing can be a revolutionary act and revolution can be an act of love. In this five-week online workshop, we’ll write and workshop poems about radical love, the revolution and resistance while reading and discussing work by poets such as Jericho Brown, Hafizah Geter, June Jordan, Donika Kelly, Audre Lorde, Dawn Lundy Martin, Carl Phillips, Danez Smith and more. Poets will have the option of working in poetic forms like the ghazal, sonnet and the ode, and we’ll also innovate some new forms together in class. Topics will include queer love as radical love; black love as resistance; and the self-care revolution, among others. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Thursday night, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.
Darrel Alejandro Holnes is the author of the poetry collections Migrant Psalms (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming 2021) and Stepmotherland (Notre Dame Press, forthcoming 2021). He is also the coauthor of PRIME: Poetry & Conversations, an Over the Rainbow List selection by the American Library Association, and the coeditor of Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, published to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Happiness. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, the CP Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from Letras Latinas, and the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize from Northwestern University Press. His poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing and elsewhere in print and online. He is an assistant professor of creative writing and playwriting at Medgar Evers College—CUNY and also teaches as part of the arts faculty at NYU Gallatin.