11 Oct

Wednesdays October 11 to November 8, 6:30–8:30PM
Brooklyn, NY

Fabulous and Fantastical Voices: A Poetry Workshop with Sally Wen Mao


Poetry Society of America
119 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Registration required:
In-person, 5 sessions / $325


What possibilities can emerge in a speculative poem? Join poet Sally Wen Mao for a workshop on developing the poetic voice of your speaker in wild and mysterious ways, harnessing the powers of speculation, imagination, and fabulism. In this class, writers will generate new poems based on fun writing exercises and share what they come up with, as well as discover the techniques of speculative poets including Tracy K. Smith, Franny Choi, and Vievee Francis, among others. Writers will also have a chance to workshop the results of their practice once during the course of the 5-week session.

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover or subsidize the cost of tuition. To inquire about scholarship opportunities, email

Sally Wen Mao is the author of the poetry collection The Kingdom of Surfaces and the forthcoming fiction debut Ninetails. She is also the author of the poetry collections Mad Honey Symposium and Oculus, which was a finalist for the 2020 Los Angeles Book Prize in Poetry. The recipient of an NEA grant, a Cullman Fellowship, a Shearing Fellowship, and two Pushcart Prizes, Mao lives and teaches in New York City.

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