Forming a Finished Book
Our classes will consist of workshopping a portion of each student’s manuscript (full-length book or chapbook) each week, so that we read and learn and work together as a group, trusting each other’s attentiveness. Being an advanced class, our critiques will involve the nitty-gritty: close line-readings that open up to discussions of aesthetics, musicality, perspective, voice, genre, lineage, individual taste. We will enjoy the freedom of interpretation, and have fun with it. We will read poems aloud and watch clips of poets reading and discussing their own work, if it feels relevant. We will search for relevancy. As a publisher of poetry, I will bring to the table an honest sense of the difficulty of publishing a book and take you through the ins and outs of the publishing process, while discussing how one might better navigate the persnicketiness of editors. As an editor, I will be thorough and honest. As a poet, I will praise your passion, and as a teacher, help you in your attempt to create a book that is more thoroughly itself.
Joe Pan is the author of two collections of poetry, Hiccups (Augury Books, 2015) and Autobiomythography & Gallery (BAP, 2011). He is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Brooklyn Arts Press, serves as the fiction editor for the arts magazine Hyperallergic and is the founder of the services-oriented activist group Brooklyn Artists Helping. His piece “Ode to the MQ-9 Reaper,” a hybrid work on drones, was excerpted and praised in the New York Times. In 2015 Pan participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space artist residency program on Governors Island. He attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, grew up along the Space Coast of Florida and now lives in Williamsburg.