Community and Compassion: Finding Ourselves Through Us, You, and We
Social isolation is so hard. Period. In these times, loving others means staying away. This is a compassionate workshop that is focused on community, care, and light where you will write new poems based off of prompts while we look at the ways poets like Mary Oliver, Stanley Plumly, Gwendolyn Brooks, Joy Harjo, Walt Whitman, and others engage a poetics of the collective—the “I” of the poem that can help us find ourselves and each other—through us, you, and we. One of the powers of poetry is that we can speak to each other across time and communicate our human interconnectedness through song and image. In this course, we will form a compassionate online community and find our voices and each other.
LIVE ELEMENT: We will hold an attendance-optional poetry reading via Zoom during the last week of the course to celebrate your work!
Tyler Mills is the author of City Scattered (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press 2022), Hawk Parable (Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019), Tongue Lyre (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013), and co-author with Kendra DeColo of Low Budget Movie (Diode Editions Chapbook Prize, Diode Editions 2021). A poet and essayist, her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Brevity, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. Her nonfiction manuscript-in-progress, The Bomb Cloud, was awarded a Literature Grant from the Café Royal Foundation NYC. She teaches for Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and lives in Brooklyn.