How do we feel about our bodies? How do they bring us joy? How do they let us down? How do they change over time? In this generative workshop, we will write about what it is like to live in our own skin, or to live in the skin of characters that we invent. We will begin at least two different pieces across genres, and do close readings of pieces by ancestors whose approach to bodies can guide our own. This class is appropriate for prose writers of all levels.
MATHANGI SUBRAMANIAN is an award winning Indian American who believes stories have the power to change the world. Her novel A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF HEAVEN was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, the TATA prize for fiction, and the Valley of Words Prize, and was longlisted for PEN/Faulkner and the Center for Fiction First Novel prizes. Her middle grades book DEAR MRS. NAIDU won the South Asia Book Award. Her essays and op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, Ms. Magazine, and Zora Magazine, among others. A former public school teacher, and senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, she holds a doctorate in communication and education from Columbia University Teachers College.
Mathangi Subramanian is new to The Porch. Welcome!