with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo (Online)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific)
October 13 to November 17, 2019
With the constant distractions of everyday life, it can be difficult to devote time to your writing practice, whether it's generating pages or sending work out for publication. This six-week online class will provide inspiration and accountability to help you make the time. At each meeting, we will set personalized writing goals, share new (or revised) pages for feedback (up to 500 words), and track submission stats. You can start a novel, polish a contest submission, or explore a new idea with the group every week. This class is open to all genres and levels and it is meant to serve as a tool for reaching daily, weekly, and long-term writing goals.
The class will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details closer to the date of the class.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 for new students; $285 for returning students
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee, she’s received residencies from Hedgebrook, Ragdale, National Parks Arts Foundation and Poetry Foundation. A Macondo Writers’ Workshop member, she has work published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and American Poetry Review among others. A dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and a member of Miresa Collective.
“Taking a class with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo was inspiring. Xochitl is able to create a supportive space so each student pushes past their comfort zone to write meaningful work. The poems she uses to teach her classes are very compelling: she knows the poets and their backgrounds well. It gave me a picture of what a writer is, and thus, who I am as a writer. I am really grateful to have found a teacher who is simultaneously supportive and challenges me to do better and better work.” —Cybele Garcia Kohel
“Poetry II was my first workshop at WWLA and my first time working with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. Xochitl's vision and direction for the class were right up my alley—as a teacher, she is open yet directed, stimulating and positive. I hope to take more classes with her at WWLA.” —Helena Lipstadt
“Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo's Lyricism from Chaos seminar was an eye-opening look at what poetry can do. Xochitl offered so many wonderful poems and ideas for us to discuss, and her facilitation style is warm and welcoming. We got time to write and share as well, so it was very productive! I highly recommend any class with Xochitl!” —Hazel Kight Witham
Reviews of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge
"I am moved by Xochitl-Julisa's work, her embrace of familia, of places long gone and present, of abandoned things too, near or in a neighborhood house yet filled with luminous power as a 'black lava molcajete,' a 'mano,' and many kinds of cacti-enduring, inscrutable, fierce, & makers of nectar. Perhaps her verses are gazing at the border-crosser—perhaps at you and me. I found joy in Bermejo's work, her caring journeys, places I have traveled. Her touch is that of an artist. Unique, light, and expansive in its humanity. Bravissimo, Xochitl-Julisa!" —Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States
"Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo's poems are a haunting vortex from Mexican America, detailed with the items we share, the stories, the names, the old country memories, and also deserts, many, many deserts. Her voice is formidable, her language clear and complex at the same time. Here's a millennial poet that goes beyond the millennium." —Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and Founding Editor of Tia Chucha Press
"Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo's poems rattle the heart, jolt the mind. Moving from the 'tender emerald bites' of nopales shared around a table to the brutal desert terrain crossed by immigrants, she interrogates the intimate and the political. Inventive, glimmering with Spanish, her language punctures silence and makes visible resilience. Her language is also curious; it's shaped by the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo, and it cruises through the city of Los Angeles. These poems weren't written to provide solace. These poems will break you in a thousand beautiful ways." —Eduardo C. Corral, 2011 Yale Younger Poets Prize winner for Slow Lightning