This week, we'll be introducing you to our outstanding guest instructors for the spring term (unless you're already familiar with their excellent writing). First up, we have Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, who will be teaching Poetry I, an eight-week workshop starting Tuesday, April 26 in Melrose Village.
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, a first-generation Chicana, is 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. Her work is 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 co-founder of Women Who Submit and a member of Macondo Writers’ Workshop.
Poetry I with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo in Melrose Village
7:30 to 9:30 pm
April 24, 2021 to June 19, 2021 (with no class on May 8)
Through original creative work, revision, reading, and discussion, this eight-week workshop will focus on making poems that are driven by a keen attention to language, image, and sound. Our task will to engage with each other’s work and the weekly readings in order to explore the ways poetry can recover more complex imaginative and perceptive possibilities. As poet Mark Doty wisely asserts: “Our metaphors go on ahead of us, they know before we do.” We will be putting Doty’s assertion to the test with an emphasis on generative writing exercises that lead us into surprising and productive creative spaces.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
Learn more or enroll at www.writingworkshopsla.com/poetry.