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Accompanying Crisis

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Essay


Introductory, Intermediate

2 Sessions

Start Date: January 27, 2024
End Date: February 3, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $178.20
General Price: $198.00

Please note the following schedule changes not shown in the printed catalog mailer:

  • New start date: 1/27/2024
  • New end date: 2/3/2024

How do we respond to crisis? How do we do justice to a wide range of injustices we might want to confront on the page? In this class, we’ll consider many approaches to writing out of crisis as we take inspiration from writers confronting violence and climate change, as well as historic and contemporary oppressions. Through readings and exercises, participants will consider the ethics of writing out of and through crisis, whether they approach these issues firsthand or as archival researchers. Then we'll interrogate our own goals, positions, and perspectives on the issues we want to address in our writing. While many of our readings will come from the tradition of documentary poetics, students working in any genre will be welcome.


  • This class includes:
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
    • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
    • Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
  • Feedback in class: Peer feedback given.
  • Work outside of class: 2-3 hours of writing or reading outside of class.


  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Susan Briante

Susan Briante


Susan Briante is the author most recently of Defacing the Monument (Noemi Press 2020), a series of essays on immigration, archives, aesthetics and the state, winner of the Poetry Foundation’s Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism in 2021. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the collection “a superb examination of the ethical issues facing artists who tell others’ stories” and a “dazzlingly inventive and searching text.” 

Briante’s collection of poetry The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The Kenyon Review calls it “masterful at every turn.” The collection was recently translated into Spanish by the poet Giancarlo Huapaya and published under the title El Mercado se pregunta by Kriller71 (Madrid). Briante is also the author of the poetry collections Pioneers in the Study of Motion and Utopia Minus (an Academy of American Poets Notable Book of 2011. Of Utopia Minus, Publisher’s Weekly declared: “this book finds an urgent language for the world in which we live.”

She has received grants and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, the MacDowell Colony, the Academy of American Poets, the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, and (most recently) the Ucross Foundation. Recent work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Poetry (2021) and The Brooklyn Rail. She is a professor of English in the creative writing program at the University of Arizona. There she serves as co-coordinator of the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program, which brings MFA students to the US-Mexico border to engage in reciprocal research projects with community-based environmental and social justice groups. She is also a member of the Detained project, a team of artists, scholars and activists who record and archive the oral histories of formerly detained migrants and asylum seekers.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than 5 students are enrolled within 10 days before the class start date. If for any reason Hugo House needs to cancel a class, students can choose between a full credit or full refund.

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