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The Prose Poem as Memoir (New York)

Saturday, September 22 | 3:00 p.m. 

In writing about our lives, we find ourselves looking back at who we were as if we were telling the story of someone else. Through small group discussions, in class writing prompts and co-participant feedback, this workshop attempts to have participants use their own personal experiences as inspiration. How can speaking about these events help us better understand them and ourselves? How can creating prose poems about our past help others heal? We will briefly (barely) go over the rules of poetry, prose and memoir and shatter them completely in order to get at the truth about who we are now and who were then. 

John Paul Infante is an award winning writer and educator who has taught creative writing at Lehman College of the City University of New York and the humanities at the high school level in New York City. His poetry has been published in The Poetry Project and fiction in the Kweli Journal. His nonfiction won DTM magazine’s “Latino Identity in the US” essay contest. He lives in Washington Heights with his partner and daughter and spends too much time on Instagram. He hopes you will follow him: @infanteJP . He currently reading Nelly Rosario’s novel, Song of the Water Saints.