Literature & Desire (IN-PERSON)

with Amy Zhang

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction

In Person

Open to all levels

4 Sessions

Start Date: July 16, 2022
End Date: August 6, 2022
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $216.00
General Price: $240.00

CLASS UPDATE: This class will now run from 7/16-8/6. This has been updated from the print catalog

Desire has long been an element of good literature. In this class, we'll discuss both canonic and contemporary work, including Olivia Laing (Funny Weather), Raven Leilani (Luster), Megan Nolan (Acts of Desperation), Marguerite Duras, and Eve Babitz. We’ll discuss the themes of lust, vulnerability, and shame, and how these interact within existing power structures of whiteness, heterosexuality, cisgendering, and other elements of cultural hegemony. Participants will be encouraged to explore new forms and genres and should expect to walk away with one to three workshopped pieces and greater confidence of expression.

This class may be moved online for some or all sessions depending on the COVID-19 public health guidelines and Hugo House’s current in-person program policy. We are monitoring the situation daily. Hugo House prioritizes the health of our students and staff.

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Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang


Amy Zhang is the author of Falling Into Place, This Is Where The World Ends, and The Cartographers (HarperCollins). Her fiction has been recognized by the Indies Next List and received starred reviews from Booklist and VOYA, among other honors, and translated into five languages. Her poetry collection, Small Birds, Blue Bellies, was the recipient of the Rosenfeld Chapbook prize; select poems won the Hansmann Poetry Prize through the American Academy of Poets.

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