Attention Queens writers—both experienced and new-to-writing: free creative writing classes taught by the best in Queens!
Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes.
The next class will be led by Joey De Jesus
“You Found a Poem in the Stars: Using the Cosmos to Write Poetry of the Self”
In this interactive workshop, participants will read poems by Jerome Rothenberg, Vievee Francis, and dg nanouk okpik to discuss how each poet draws from cosmology to compose metonym, metaphor, and grammar in poems of self-formation. We will also read and discuss specific poetic procedures used by Robin Coste Lewis and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and, using these poets’ techniques, compose poems of the self using language literally found in astrological/mythological texts and glossaries from across cultural traditions.
Joey De Jesus edits poetry for Apogee Journal and is a recipient of the 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry and lives in Queens. Poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, the Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, and several other venues in print and online. Poems have been performed and installed in Artists Space, The New Museum, and elsewhere.
This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.