Writing the Forbidden: Poetry

Writing the Forbidden: Poetry

Jennifer Tseng
Week 3: June 25 to June 30
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 4 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

In this poetry intensive you will work to produce a piece of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e. trauma, ecstasy, poverty, wealth, sexuality, aging, mental illness, family secrets etc.); some feel forbidden to write about people different than themselves; for others, certain forms are forbidden. Whatever your forbidden territory is, I encourage you to visit it with curiosity and attention. We will proceed as a group of risk-takers together, none of us traveling to precisely the same place, but all of us keeping one another company on the journey. I will emphasize intuitive methods and ask you to cleave to what makes your secret heart beat faster. Daily readings, prompts, and exercises will be provided. Everyone welcome.

Biography

JENNIFER TSENG is the author of two award-winning poetry books, The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005) and Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013), and a novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015). MAYUMI has been featured in the Boston GlobeLA TimesHuffington PostElle, and Financial Times. A finalist for the New England Book Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, it has been translated into Italian and is forthcoming in Danish. Tseng is currently at work on a book of poems and a novel.