Hi. I’m not a poetry scholar, so I can’t offer you a comprehensive review and dissemination of the tradition of epic poems in the English language. But I write book-length poems, I believe in and am obsessed with them, and I make zines, so: In this generative workshop we’ll embark on our own creative odyssey toward making a long poem. We’ll discuss how we enter them, how to make the meat, and ultimately how to leave. We’ll read (and experience) longer work with a special emphasis on voices who have traditionally been denied the epic: Robin Coste Lewis, Jeffrey Yang, r. erica doyle, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Beyoncé, and more. We’ll talk about form, collage, narrative, and other concerns of the long poem. We’ll practice poem-generating exercises, both during and outside of class, and welcome the occasional guest.
The goal is: to make writing a daily practice wherein during the final workshop you’ll come in with enough material to make your own ~20 page, zine-length epic that I will help you construct, reproduce, and distribute punk af.
Tommy "Teebs" Pico is the author of IRL http://www.birdsllc.com/catalog/irl (Birds LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming 2017 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in Bomb, Guernica, the Offing and elsewhere. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. @heyteebs
DATES: This workshop will meet on the following Sundays: October 23rd, October 30, November 6th, November 13th, November 20th, November 27th, December 4th, and December 11th, 2016 TIME/LOCATION: 12 PM – 2 PM at Bowery Poetry located at 308 Bowery INSTRUCTOR: Tommy Pico REGISTER HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2567326
THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.