This workshop is by application only and requires a writing sample of the applicant’s best unpublished work. Carefully read all manuscript guidelines before applying.


Tina Chang

Tina Chang_photo credit Tom CallanTina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry “Of Gods & Strangers” and “Half-Lit Houses.” She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond.” She is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Van Lier Foundation, among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong.

Hybrid Beast – Course Description 

The word hybrid comes from the Latin “hybrid,” which means mongrel, a creature of mixed breed. The tradition of poetry is widening, drawing from many art forms, blending and fusing to create contemporary cross-pollinated forms. In this workshop we will explore the many ways in which poetry is increasingly a hybrid beast, as innovative and exciting projects are envisioned across the genres. We will discuss the process by which poets collaborate with visual artists, filmmakers and choreographers, and we will practice one of the following: prose poem, ekphrastic poem, erasure or lyric essay.