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Poetic Hunger

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CourseGraphic This generative course will explore lyrical approaches to writing about food, hunger, pleasure, and nourishment. We will read widely, from a packet of poetry and prose, and discuss how different authors employ food to galvanize their writing. All writing is hungry from something—what can we learn from that? What happens in a poem where the smell of rotten tomatoes conjures an ancestral song? How can an essay describing a child eating fish eyes become an elegy for the dead? How can we write in ways that transcend cliche descriptions of food and instead guide our readers into surprising and nourishing truths?
Some of the writers we will read are Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Alexander, Li-Young Lee, Joy Harjo, Ross Gay, Ruth Awad, Chen Chen, Lucille Clifton and more. In studying these writers, we will uncover lessons and attempt to enact those moves in our own writing. We will generate new material based on prompts, and lightly workshop together. By the end of this course you will have started several new poems/essays/stories, and gained an assortment of tools to pull from for your future writing. It is my hope that this course will push and inspire you to explore your true hunger as a writer. 

April 29 & April 30, 2023
Saturday & Sunday
11:00am to 1:00pm EST on Zoom
Who should take this class? This course is designed for writers seeking a supportive and fertile environment to read and produce new material. Writers with an open appetite for wonder, play, and pleasure. An interest in lyrical writing about food, self, and culture will be helpful. While we will primarily read poetry, writers from all genres are welcome and encouraged.

Molly is a natural teacher and so talented in her own writing as well as her ability to instruct, encourage and nurture beautiful writing in her students. I do not have any background in writing poetry, and Molly quickly debunked any self doubt with her gentle guidance." - former student

"Molly provided a very helpful structure to the workshop. It felt easy to understand the elements I needed to bring my piece together. The biggest take away I had was how much pride I had in my writing! It was truly something I had never done before, and I felt very proud of what I had created. ” - former student


Class Details

2 Session(s)

NA - Online

Margaret Davidson 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/29/2023 - 4/30/2023 Daily - Sat,Sun 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM N/A - Online Margaret Davidson