So many of us have been grappling with loss and grief over the last two years—personal, collective, anticipatory, recurring. Writing can help carve a path towards healing and transform difficult experiences into positive action, but it can be a challenge to tap into our creative energy in these times. This generative poetry workshop will help us hold space for and write into these many griefs. We will read and discuss poems that navigate grief and memory in creative ways and use these discussions as a launching point for writing new material. You will also receive a list of writing prompts.
This class will be followed immediately by a virtual reading from Jenny Qi, a Spring 22 Visiting Writer to The Porch. Please plan to stay for the reading!
Jenny Qi is the author of the debut poetry collection Focal Point, winner of the 2020 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award. Her essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, Literary Hub, and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships and support from Tin House, Omnidawn, Kearny Street Workshop, and the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Born to Chinese immigrants, she grew up mostly in Las Vegas and now lives in San Francisco, where she completed her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. She is working on more essays and poems and translating her late mother’s memoirs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and immigration to the U.S.
Jenny is new to The Porch. Welcome!