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How does one “find” and cultivate one’s own voice? Would we know it if we heard it? Is it something that can be developed or is voice innate, a cadence that lives in us?
These are questions we will explore as we discuss voice, personae and dramatic dialogue in an effort to uncover the speaker’s identity on the page. In doing so we will encounter subjects such as gender, history, culture, age, nationality, sexuality. In this class, we will examine poems ranging from the classical to contemporary as well as local and global poets. On a technical level we will discuss style, diction, timbre, sound, rhythm, song and dialect as tools to uncover voice with clarity and precision. Class work will be comprised of student writing and critique, poetic experiments, linguistic adventure and wild meanderings in order to understand future possibilities for one’s own poems.
Students are chosen by Tina Chang on the basis of a manuscript submission. Applications must be received by Friday, May 14 at 5 pm. View the submission guidelines.
Class meets Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 22, and 29.
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Programs taking place online and in our NYC facilities:Please select which experience you wish to participate in when registering. Online participants will be emailed an access link after purchase. In-person participants should read our safety guidelines before attending the program.
Tina Chang is the author of Hybrida, named a Best Book of 2019 by NPR, Of Gods and Strangers and Half-Lit Houses, which was a finalist for an Asian American Literary Award from the Asian American Writers Workshop. She is the coeditor, with Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar, of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry From the Middle East, Asia and Beyond. She was elected Brooklyn poet laureate in 2010.
Advanced Poetry with Tina Chang