Summer Workshop Program 2023
In this generative workshop, we’ll read, discuss, and practice epistolary forms — mainly in poetry with some shoutouts to nonfiction and fiction. We’ll each also write an actual letter to send via snail mail. Participants can expect to draft at least five poems. Poet-correspondents such as Aracelis Girmay, Jean Valentine, Matthew Olzmann, Jennifer S. Cheng, Mary Ruefle, Amy Gerstler, Victoria Chang, Allison Titus, and Emily Dickinson will be our guides.
Chen Chen is the author of two books of poetry, Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency (BOA Editions, 2022) and When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award. His work appears in many publications, including Poetry and three editions of The Best American Poetry. He has received two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the NEA and United States Artists. He is core poetry faculty for the low-residency MFA programs at New England College and Stonecoast.