Fall Craft Intensive: Diana Khoi Nguyen


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The Prose Poem, Lyrical Prose, and the Intimacy of a Sentence with Diana Khoi Nguyen
Sunday, November 20th
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

The word lyric has roots in the Greek stringed instrument, lyre, and thus the lyric mode necessitates musicality and sound in its expressive forms–be it emotive poetry, prose, or any other artistic form. For this generative craft session, we will pay close attention to what happens when lyric is embroidered in a block of prose and how this transforms the nature of syntax, of the sentence at an elemental level. To begin, we will examine a suite of prose poems and lyrical passages from poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, extracting tools to craft lyrical sentences of our own.

BIO: A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018) and recipient of a 2021 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to winning the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In Spring 2022, she was an artist-in-residence at Brown University.