Collapsing Borders: Poetry, Body, Landscape | Newberry

Collapsing Borders: Poetry, Body, Landscape

Led by Cindy Juyoung Ok
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Five sessions, Tuesdays, July 20 - August 17

2 - 4 pm (Central Time)


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Seminar Description

In this poetry-focused workshop, we will consider the body as landscape, the landscape as a body, and language as both body and landscape, questioning each relationship as we explore five contemporary poetry collections: Milk Black Carbon by Joan Naviyuk Kane; Recyclopedia by Harryette Mullen; Hull by Xandria Phillips; Whereas by Layli Long Soldier; and DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi. Each week, we will read one collection, discuss it, and generate work in relation to the collection’s ideas, moods, and shapes. No experience is assumed or necessary--all are welcome!

Five sessions. Registration – $220

Cindy Juyoung Ok's recent work can be found in Bennington Review, Colorado Review, Electric Literature's The Commuter,jubilat, and The Yale Review. She teaches creative writing and holds master's degrees from UCLA and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow.

Materials List


Note: If access to these books are not available to you for any reason, you are still welcome to join the workshop. Please email the instructor before the first session to discuss which book or books you may need help accessing.

  • Milk Black Carbon by Joan Naviyuk Kane. University of Pittsburgh Press,2017. ISBN: 9780822964513

  • Recyclopedia by Harryette Mullen. Graywolf Press, 2006. ISBN: 9781555974565

  • Hull by Xandria Phillips. Nightboat Books, 2019. ISBN: 9781643620084

  • Whereas: Poems by Layli Long Soldier. Graywolf Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781555977672

  • DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi. Wave Books, 2020. ISBN: 9781940696959

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read Milk Black Carbon by Joan Naviyuk Kane; please pick one poem to bring in.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

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