Contradictory Sways: On Harryette Mullen, A Writing Workshop Sept – Dec

Contradictory Sways: Reading and Writing through
Harryette Mullen: A Writing Workshop 
with Hoa Nguyen

Cyberspace, Toronto
Sept. 09 – Dec. 09 *






“While Mullen may be associated with a Modernist pull, I prefer to think of her style as rich and captivating in contradictory sways. Profuse minimalism. Lean baroque.” —Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

In this workshop, we will read and write through the works of Harryette Mullen: Recyclopedia, Sleeping with the Dictionary and a book interviews. These books will generate conversation and strategies for the writing we enact. Expect to generate many poems.

How else to write poetry? Read.

We spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points & prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of my own design.

Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Workshops for virtual students culminate with a one-to-one 25-minute consultation with me. For Toronto poets, it concludes with in-class reviews of mini-manuscripts as a community of poets.

All students receive weekly written materials regardless of whether virtual or in-person and unable to attend the class in real time.

There is an optional Google video call feature. A podcast recording is shared via a Google Drive folder.

More Details on the Workshop:
Both in-person and virtual students find this weekly engagement generates poems, provides insight on revisions of older work, gives new understanding to poetics, and ignites reworking of dusty manuscripts.

Attendance occurs in cyberspace or Toronto: weekly written materials include supplemental essays, images, sound files, links, and the like.

History of the Workshop, Cost and How to Join:
I have led poetry workshops like this one for 20 years. Read an interview with me on the poetry of and workshop on Fred Wah here on Poetry Foundation See this link for an essay on the workshop as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.

Cost for this 10 session series is a reasonable $190 USD/CAD equivalent.

Limitless cyber-seats. Tuition guarantees your seat for distance participation.

I will gladly send you samples — and answer questions.
Direct your inquiries to me at

*No workshop Oct 07, Oct 21, Dec 02.






Required texts:
Recyclopedia: Trimmings / S*PeRM**K*T / Muse and Drudge 
by Harryette Mullen
Graywolf Press

Sleeping with the Dictionary 
by Harryette Mullen
University of California Press

Looking Up Harryette Mullen: Interviews 
with Barbara Henning
Belladonna* Books

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