Saturday October 8th 2 - 3:30 PM ET via ZOOM
Workshop Duration: 90 minutes

In this workshop on poetic erasure, we will come together as readers and writers to look at several examples of contemporary erasure works, move through exercises, and ultimately begin our own erasure poems/projects. We will begin by forming a general understanding of what erasure could be, where/how erasure exists in the context of contemporary poetry, and brainstorm why erasure is a relevant form given our current national and international sociopolitical landscape. We will then become familiar with several contemporary erasure works and artists, and start to notice various options when creating “rules” for an erasure project. Here, we emphasize the relationship between source text, form, process, and resulting erasure. Practice exercises will provide introductory methods for beginning an erasure finding ways “in” to a source text. Workshop will conclude with optional group sharing and suggestions for next steps.

Meet Your Instructor 

Leigh Sugar is a disabled & chronically ill Michigan-born, Brooklyn-based writer, editor, educator, and movement artist. Her varied professional activities include teaching undergraduate creative writing at New York University and the Institute for Justice and Opportunity, performing in durational dance installations, and editing anthologies by incarcerated writers.

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