My Pronouns Make a Sonnet: Queering Poetic Form

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At a time when so many books—including queer books—are being challenged, banned, and
burned, it feels perhaps more important than ever that queer authors write the books in which
they can find themselves represented and push back against the erasure of their experience. So
can queer poets find forms in which to do this? What does it mean to not only write about
queer experience, but also to queer form, a methodology of thinking, an entire poetics? What
does it mean to inhabit queerness, perhaps, as a poetic practice?

In this workshop, we will explore these questions together and study the work of queer authors
to generate our own writing and our own queer forms. Readings may include work by Benjamin
Garcia, torrin a. greathouse, Saeed Jones, Natalie Diaz, Franny Choi, and Lucien Darjeun
Meadows, among others. This workshop will focus on discussion and generative writing
prompts, with opportunities for participants to share excerpts from the material they generate
if they so choose (without critique). In framing our conversation around form and craft,
together we can all learn ways to queer our poetics and our thinking to write exciting new
poems.

In the first session, we will explore mentor texts and write poems that queer existing (or
“traditional”) forms. In the second session, we will explore mentor texts and write poems that
queer “experimental” forms. (And of course, along the way, we will challenge, blur, and queer
these false binaries.) By the end of the course, we will not have exhausted the possibilities of
ways to queer form, but rather we will have embarked on new ways of thinking about our craft
that will hopefully continue long after the class has ended. Let’s discover together in
community.