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How do we, through poetry, take the monstrosities of modern life and politics and compost them into something new? In this workshop you’ll learn the “frankenpo” (Frankenstein poetry) method, which takes existing bodies of text, smashes them, and sews them into new work that speaks back to or transmutes the originals. We’ll also touch on other experimental poetry methods and consider how they might help us write ourselves into a new way of being.
Kenji C. Liu is author of Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books, 2019) and Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize (Inlandia Institute). His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Apogee, and elsewhere, including two chapbooks, Craters: A Field Guide (2017) and You Left Without Your Shoes (2009). An alumnus of Kundiman, VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in Los Angeles.