What cultural, familial, and personal stories do you carry? How have they shaped, enriched, haunted or perhaps cursed your life? In this 2-session poetry workshop we will understand how poets include myth in their poems. We will identify (or invent!) ghosts and fables close to us, and write poems powered by myths of personal significance.
In session 1, we will read poems, discuss craft, and try a short writing exercise. Participants will receive a prompt to write a poem that the class will workshop in the second session.
In session 2, we will read and workshop poems that were written after session 1.
Both classes will be held online via zoom.
About the Teaching Artist
Yamini Pathak is the author of poetry chapbooks, Atlas of Lost Places (Milk and Cake Press, 2020) and Breath Fire Water Song (Ghost City Press, 2021). Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Poetry Northwest, About Place Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Vida Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She is a Poet in Schools for the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, serves as poetry editor for Inch micro-chapbooks at Bull City Press, production assistant for Tupelo Quarterly, and translations reader for Lunch Ticket. Yamini has received her MFA in poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles and is an alumnus of VONA/Voices and Community of Writers. Born in India, she lives with her family in West Windsor, New Jersey.