American adults watch an average of five hours and four minutes of TV every day. This online workshop is for writers who want to translate that screen time into poetry. Using the Wet Ink platform, we’ll read poems written to Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Kelly Clarkson, Amy Winehouse, Tim Riggins and the Real Housewives, and work on forms that are ekphrastic, epistolary and elegiac. Students will receive weekly writing prompts to generate new work in response to the media they love (or hate) to consume, and ongoing feedback from the instructor and their classmates.
Working at the intersection of literature and activism, Leigh Stein is the author of three books and the cofounder and executive director of Out of the Binders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender variant writers. Her début novel The Fallback Plan made the “highbrow brilliant” quadrant of New York Magazine‘s Approval Matrix, and her poetry collection Dispatch from the Future was selected for Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2012 list and the Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Land of Enchantment, her memoir about young love, obsession, abuse and loss, is just out from Plume. For her advocacy work, she has been called a “leading feminist” by the Washington Post and was honored as a “woman of influence” by New York Business Journal.