The Self as Bestiary: Writing the Animal


    8 Sundays
    April 14 – June 16
    (No Class on Easter or Mother’s Day)
    with Paige Quinones
    from 4 to 7

    Product Description

    In this generative poetry workshop, we will be looking at ways of crafting the self through the metaphor and allegory of animals. We will closely read work by Sylvia Plath, Aracelis Girmay, Donika Kelly, Eduardo C. Corral, Zachary Schomburg, Sharon Olds, Hayan Charara, Ada Limón, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Richard Siken, and more to see how they construct a persona on the page through animalia. Our discussions will also involve intersections between mythology, race, gender, class, place, and readership. We must also ask ourselves: what forms might lend themselves to telling our stories? The focus of this class will be to cultivate a supportive environment in which we can write and share the self through poetry. Participants will be encouraged to create both standalone and linked poems, bring in their own animal mythology, and together we will discuss opportunities for publication.

    This class will run 9 Sundays, beginning April 15 and ending June 23rd–skipping Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day.

    Paige Quiñones is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Houston, where she is the Managing Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Previously a fellow with the Center for Mexican American Studies at UH, she received her MFA in poetry from the Ohio State University. Her work has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2019 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize, selected by Gabrielle Calvocoressi. 


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