February 12th - Breaking the Form with Jason B Crawford
We must start from the understanding that the process of form is difficult. Form forces poetry to stay within a restrained construct. Upon accepting these limitations placed by the formative structures, we are presented with the possibilities of what can be created inside these structures. Form gives us a starting point. What happens when we have masted the form and are ready to break free from the structure? Participants of this workshop will learn how to work within and beyond the ideas of form. This is a generative workshop where participants will write new poems pushing the boundaries of what form allows us to create.
Jason B. Crawford (They/Them) is a writer born in Washington DC, raised in Lansing, MI. Their debut chapbook collection Summertime Fine is out through Variant Lit. Their second chapbook Twerkable Moments is out from Paper Nautilus Press. Their third chapbook, Good Boi, is forthcoming from Neon Hemlock press in fall 2021. Their debut Full Length Year of the Unicorn Kidz will be out in 2022 from Sundress Publications. crawford holds a Bachelor of Science in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University and is the co-founder of The Knight’s Library Magazine. crawford is the winner of the Courtney Valentine Prize for Outstanding Work by a Millennial Artist, Vella Chapbook Contest, and Variant Lit Chapbook Contest. They are the 2021 OutWrite chapbook contest winner in poetry. Their work can be found in Split Lip Magazine, Glass Poetry, Four Way Review, Voicemail poems, FreezeRay Poetry, HAD, among others. They are a current poetry MFA candidate at The New School.