Resistance Essays: Reverie, Research and Lyricism with Corinna Cook
Date(s): Mondays, November 29, 2021 - December 20, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type(s): Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Journalism, Memoir, Research
Cost: $149 Regular, $79 Student
About the Class
How can poetics serve our most socially urgent writing? Writing about race [for example] is a polemic,” writes Cathy Park Hong, “but also a lyric, in that our inner consciousness is knotted with contradictions.” To investigate this convergence, this course explores the creative nonfiction resistance essay. We will read contemporary works by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, José Orduña, Sarah de Leeuw, and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas—and, in honor the essay’s genre-defying roots, we will also read hybrid/fluid/genre-contested works by writers such as Tommy Pico and Claudia Rankine. Throughout, we will tend closely to methods of craft used to construct and convey political analysis, cultural critique, and historic recovery, developing a literary toolkit participants will draw from as they write through and from their own lived experiences of power and privilege.