In this class, we’ll do something a lil’ different. We’ll abandon all need to talk about poetry as if it’s a secret language that only some can understand. We’ll get real with each other. We’ll write without holding back. We’ll write from memory about the things that we don’t understand about our life experiences, and along the way, we’ll read some writers we recognize and others we don’t. This is an opportunity to join in if you’re a beginner and chill out and try new things if you’ve been writing for a while and are kind of stuck. I want you to feel completely comfortable, but I also want you to be willing to try taking risks with your work. Because it doesn’t always have to be perfect to be good, and all of it is just part of the process.
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay for Milkweed Editions, 2018. She is also the author of the chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Nation. She is the recipient of the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize, a Canto Mundo fellowship, and scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Image Text Ithaca Symposium. Analicia holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston.