ONLINE Generative Writing Workshop: Mapping Your Home in Poetry

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In this generative class for poets, we will look at home not simply from the vision of nostalgia, but from a lens that draws the visceral details, the metaphorical possibilities, and the essayistic memories of childhood, community, and family, to arrive at a juncture where poetry about home can be both personal and generational. We will read, embrace, and examine the work of poets such as Sharon Olds, Ilya Kaminsky, Ariel Francisco, and Warsan Shire, and use generative writing prompts to refine our use of home and its myriad components in our writing.

Our guiding question will be: What about home sneaks its way into my work, and how can I nurture and support that meaning through poetry?

Instructor: Meher Manda

Meher Manda is a poet, short story writer, culture critic, and educator from Mumbai, India, currently based in New York City. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the College of New Rochelle, where she was the founding editor-in-chief of The Canopy Review. She is the author of “Busted Models,” a chapbook of poems published by No, Dear Magazine in Fall 2019. Her work is forthcoming and has appeared in Hobart Pulp, Epiphany Magazine, Glass Poetry, Los Angeles Review, Lumina Journal, and elsewhere. She is one-half of An Angry Reading Series in Harlem, New York.

The Literature Series “Writing on Race & Immigration” at Lewis Latimer House Museum is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This workshop is produced in partnership with Newtown Literary.