Workshops II: Nest, Hut, Cellar

Practicing the Poetics of Space

How are we intimately connected with the spaces we inhabit? And how can poetry reveal to us the domestic places we dwell in? Using Gaston Bachelard’s seminal 1958 text The Poetics of Space as a scaffolding from which to conceive of new written work, this workshop asks students to examine the generative qualities and resonances of the nooks where text, memory and visualization converge and separate. Combining elements of seminar, lab and workshop, students will develop a series of written works that will be created in conversation with texts and objects. We invite writers of all disciplines and abilities to investigate corners, attics, holes (through readings, prompts, memory games and visual exercises) and discover together the ways in which such spaces are shaped through reverie and the poetic imagination. No visual art experience is required!

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Emily Skillings is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Her first full-length collection of poetry, Fort Not, will be published by the Song Cave in 2017. Recent poems can be found or are forthcoming in the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, LitHub, Jubilat, Pleiades, Phantom Limb, Philadelphia Review of Books and Washington Square. The recipient of a 2017 Pushcart Prize, she is an MFA candidate at Columbia University, where she is a 2017 Teaching Fellow, and organizes the Earshot reading series with Allyson Paty. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series.



Simone Kearney is author of the chapbooks Days (forthcoming with Monk Books, 2017) and In Threes, a limited edition artist chapbook (Minute BOOKS, 2013). She was a 2014 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry, and a 2010 recipient of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College and an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been awarded residencies at the Lighthouse Works, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Woodstock Brydcliffe Guild, and Ragdale. She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and Ramapo college.