Intro to Poetry Reading & Writing

Anais Duplan
July 15, 2022

Intro to Poetry Reading and Writing is for artists who are non-poets and for non-professional poets. More specifically, this course was created to address and deconstruct the rumors that poetry sucks and is hard, and to speak to decolonized ways of knowing and tapping into emotions. In-class writing projects and opportunities for group feedback throughout the course allows participants to hone their artistry, craft, and analytic thinking skills. The core reading list will engage exclusively with BIPOC poets, including Douglas Kearney, Layli Long Soldier, Ada Limón and more.

8 weekly sessions via Zoom
Monday, August 1 – September 19
5:00 – 6:30pm EST
Sliding scale 


Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of newly released book I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion(Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). He is a professor of postcolonial literature at Bennington College, and has taught poetry at The New School, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College, amongst others. As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and in 2021 received a Marian Goodman fellowship from Independent Curators International for his research on Black experimental documentary. He is the recipient of the 2021 QUEER|ART|PRIZE for Recent Work, and a 2022 Whiting Awardin Nonfiction.