Right now so many of us are stuck in an undefined present that has little resemblance to our life before the pandemic began. In this weekend online workshop, we’ll start a series of poems (four poems in ninety minutes) in which we imagine possible futures. Each exercise will ask participants to play with borrowed language and take inspiration from music and short films as well as other poems. The next day, we’ll workshop one poem by each student. Readings will include poems by John Yau, Terence Winch, Eileen Myles, Victor Hernández Cruz, Yehuda Amichai, Jean Arp Barbara Guest, Mary Ruefle and others. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom.
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of six books of poetry, including the forthcoming To a New Era, The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press, 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books, 2009). She is a former poetry editor for Ping Pong and Boog City and served as the Monday-night coordinator for the poetry readings at the Poetry Project from 2001 to 2003 and the Wednesday-night coordinator from 2010 to 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, which awarded her the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including the Believer, Fence and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Her poem “Stagflation” won a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Fuhrman has been teaching for more than twenty years and currently teaches poetry writing at Rutgers University and Sarah Lawrence College’s Writers Village for teenagers.