Writing as Waking Dream

In this weekend workshop, we’ll start a series of poems (four poems in ninety minutes) that employ the logic and imagery of dreams. Using borrowed language, images, music and film as inspiration, students will learn techniques to tap into their unconscious mind and break habits of thinking. The next day, we’ll workshop one dream poem by each student. Readings will include poems by Thomas Devaney, Elaine Equi, David Shapiro, Jayne Cortez, Fanny Howe and others. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom.

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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.