What: Using Exotic Fruits to Write Erotic and/or Sad Poems; a Casa Libre Workshop
Who: Facilitated by Vi Khi Nao
When: Sunday, January 20th from 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Location TBA
Price: $63; scholarships available
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Workshop Description: This workshop is designed to invite your creative faculty to exploit and transform seed-bearing botanic vessels of fecundity and edible beauties into poems of literary delicacy. Through innovative prompts, your poems will be poetically harvested and fertilized and at times dehisced using bright, carnal instincts. We will be inspired and structured by jackfruits, rambutans, cherimoyas, kiwanos, guavas, golden berries, jujubes, etc. We will turn to these exotic fruits to generate verdant poems that will make readers cry and eroticize. We will also turn to our contemporaries, poets of fruit writing, for guidance, sadness, and delirium. By the end of the workshop, we will produce ten poems. Each with a leaf attached to its head.
Facilitator Bio: Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.