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María Fernanda

Piper Writers Studio Instructor 2021

About María Fernanda

María Fernanda's poems and translations appear in The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, The Wide Shore, The Acentos Review, and more. Her work “invokes sea crossings with [...] the breaking and making of family,” as described by OkayAfrica. Awarded the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry and a finalist for The Hurston/Wright Amistad Award for College Writers in Poetry, María Fernanda is a recipient of several writing fellowships, including Callaloo. She has served as an assistant editor Cave Canem (Anthologies XIII and IX), a NYC Writing Juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Award, and a published contributor of The Library of Congress’ Publishing Office. In 2021, María Fernanda serves as an Academy of American Poets’ 2020-2021 Poetry Coalition Fellow.


Twitter Handle: @TrochaicPoet

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Date: Saturdays, April 24 - May 1, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop
Genre: Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Writing Process
This workshop disrupts our familiarity with writing toward the story structure of beginning, middle, and end. We will delve into generative writing activities, where participants will be encouraged to explore excerpts of text messages, flyers, email subject lines, overheard conversations, and more. We will look to the classic Japanese genre Zuihitsu, defined by its emulation of a painter’s brushstrokes, as our guide. This style gathers loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas on one page.