The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


The Intersection of the Personal and the Political in Poetry with Cathy Linh Che

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: 
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Type(s): 
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Poetry, Social Justice
Tags: Politics, Futurity, Mythology, Image, Voice

About the Session

How do we make our poetry personal? How do we make it political? What techniques can we use to make our poetry bridge the gap between these modes? In this session, participants will explore the intersection between the two, examining how poetry can bear witness to history, document our time, and imagine new futures. We will explore how to use mythology and the speculative, the recurring image, the collective voice, and the intersection between image and text to make our poems both intimate and politically powerful.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Cathy Lin Che credit Jess X. Snow

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. She has received awards from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, and Artist Trust, among other places. She has taught at the New York University, Fordham University, and Sierra Nevada College, and she serves as executive director at Kundiman.