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Hysteria: Violent Women in Asian Poetry

Genres: Poetry



6 Sessions

Start Date: January 18, 2024
End Date: February 22, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $302.40
General Price: $336.00

We will read the poetry of Kim Hyesoon, Kim Yideum, and Masayo Koike, and discuss what makes their poetry violently modern, feminist, and political. Class will entail a close reading of craft, and then a generative workshop in which we experiment with that craft ourselves. Reading will be thematically grouped, into poems about bodily disgust, food, animals, sexuality, poverty, and "mommy and daddy issues." Delve into the depths of the human psyche and push your poetry to uncomfortable limits of emotion. Let's get dirty.


  • This class includes:  
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
  • Feedback in class: Both peer and Instructor feedback given
  • Work outside of class: Optional 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 
Christine Kwon

Christine Kwon


Christine Kwon is the author of A Ribbon the Most Perfect Blue (Southeast Missouri State University Press 2023), which won the Cowles Poetry Prize. She is literary editor of Tilted House and lives in New Orleans. Read more on

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