Summer Craft Intensive: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo


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The Poet’s Presence: Innovative Lyricism and Formal Experimentation in Contemporary Poetic Memoirs with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Saturday, August 26
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 4 PM – 7 PM EST

The contemporary literary landscape of creative nonfiction has experienced a notable rise in poets crafting prominent memoirs. These important memoirs employ the aesthetics of experimental lyricism to navigate and invent new ways of representing the terrains of memory, experience, and exposition. Through a variety of formal instruction and guided in-class writing exercises, we will identify specific methods by which poets apply innovative language, syntax, and formal experimentations to create compelling memoirs that mimic the rhythms and textures of their lives. Participants will be encouraged to experiment and generate new work that incorporates the styles and techniques of writers such as Traci K. Smith, Rigoberto Gonzalez, and Victoria Chang, among others. Regardless of genre or experience level, all writers are welcome to attend and adapt the discussed styles to their preferred genre. Though not required, participants will have the opportunity to share new work.

The scholarship for this craft intensive has been awarded.

BIO: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Children of the Land: a MemoirCenzontlewhich was the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize; and Dulcewinner of the Drinking Gourd Prize. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets, which eliminated citizenship requirements from all major poetry book prizes in the U.S,  and was recognized with the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers award. He was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at St. Mary’s University, and the Ashland Low-Res MFA Program, as well as poetry workshops for incarcerated youth in Northern California as the Yuba and Sutter County poet laureate.