Poetry Writing Workshop by Mong-Lan, Voice

11/21/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm CST

As we enter the fall of 2020, often our voices have been drowned out, edited either by ourselves or others. Or our voices may have been lost amidst the noise of the media and society. In dealing with the craft of poetry, let us look at how we can reclaim and find our voices again, and construct and hone our craft through the lens of pathos. Considering this, what specific strategies within the realms of pathos can we use to implement and heighten this for our own poems to create impactful noteworthy poems?
(i.e., personification, pretending we are someone else; speaking in other’s voices if we cannot find our own, speak ourselves into healing.)

7 participants limited to each session. 
Please send me your 2-3 poems to be considered for the session. If your poems 
are selected, I will send you Zoom meeting details. email: monglan17@gmail.com

These events are supported in part by Poets & Writers, thanks to a grant from the Hearst Foundations.

Suggested donations of $10 gratefully accepted here: PayPal: monglan17@gmail.com
Venmo: username Mong-Lan; email: monglan17@gmail.com

Mong-Lan, poet, novelist, essayist, former Stegner Fellow at Stanford Univ, a Fulbright Scholar, winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, is the author of seven books and three chapbooks, the most recent of which is the full length collection, Dusk Aflame: poems & art, and the chapbook, Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass. Other books include One Thousand Minds Brimming; Song of the Cicadas; Why is the Edge Always Windy?, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art; Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos (the bilingual Spanish-English edition); Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems (poetry & calligraphic art, chapbook); Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings (chapbook); Force of the Heart: Tango, Art. Mong-Lan’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized to include being in Best American Poetry; The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize; Asian American Poetry: the Next Generation; Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton); and has appeared in journals such Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, and North American Review. Mong-Lan received her Master of Fine Arts from the Univ of Arizona. Also a dancer, painter, photographer, musician, composer and singer, she left her native Viet Nam on the last day of the evacuation of Sai Gon. Mong-Lan has read and performed her poetry and music on many stages. Visit: www.monglan.com

My experience: Over the past twenty five years, I’ve given numerous readings and workshops in many states in the United States and internationally. I have been invited to give readings and talks on college campuses such as Harvard University, Stanford University, libraries such as the San Francisco Public library, schools and cultural organizations such as the Dallas Museum of Art. Also I was invited to give talks and readings at U.S. Embassy-sponsored presentations in Japan (in Fukuoka at Kyushu University, in Nagoya at Aichi Prefectural University, and Sophia University in Tokyo) and in Argentina, Buenos Aires, at the Instituto Cultural Argentino-Norteamericano (ICANA); in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; at U.S. Consulate-(Ho Chi Minh City) sponsored lectures in Vietnam at various Vietnamese universities in HCMC and in the Mekong Delta.
I’ve also taught creative writing and literature at the University of Maryland in Tokyo, University of Arizona, Tucson; at Stanford University; at The Jung Center of Houston; Inprint in Houston; The Writer’s Garret in Dallas; the Asian American Writer's Workshop in NYC; the Kearny St. Workshop in San Francisco; and have been an invited guest teacher on numerous campuses, schools and cultural organizations. I've given readings and workshops sponsored by Poets & Writers for several decades, going back to 1995. More recently, after completing a multi-city poetic tour in upstate New York, I wrote a mini-essay for the P&W blog, "The Winding Roads of Poetry and Art."

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