ASYNCHRONOUS with LIVE ELEMENTS
Are you a writer who finds literary genre definitions outdated, boring, and counterintuitive? Are you drawn to reading authors whose work exists somewhere at the nexus of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction? And do you simultaneously feel thrilled, jealous, and/or scandalized when you read how these authors flout categorization in their own work? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you.
In our time together we will explore the possibilities of the genre-less text, conceptualize our own individual projects and develop site-specific writing approaches to embody our ideas. We will read a variety of short pieces by various authors ranging from prose poems to lyric essays to religious and scientific texts that will serve as models and inspiration as you are writing. Each student will formulate, develop, and workshop one piece of writing and will receive individualized feedback from me and from their fellow classmates. This course is open to writers from all levels and backgrounds. No prior workshop experience is necessary.
Optional LIVE elements: one zoom workshop in the 3rd week of class.
Chloe Garcia Roberts is a poet and translator from the Spanish and Chinese. She is the author of a book of poetry, The Reveal, which was published as part of Noemi Press’s Akrilika Series for innovative Latino writing. Her translations include Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes, which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, and a collected poems of Li Shangyin published in the NYRB / Poets series. She is the recipient of a 2021 NEA translation fellowship for the translation of the novel, Carne de Dios, by Mexican author and poet, Homero Aridjis. Her essays, poems, and translations have appeared in the publications BOMB, Boston Review, A Public Space, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Gulf Coast, Best American Essays 2022, and The Lyric Essay as Resistance. She lives in Boston and works as deputy editor of Harvard Review.