Map Unavailable

Date(s) - 02/24/2019
10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Red Hen Press

Times: 10:30am – 2:00pm: Workshop at Red Hen Press

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Salon in North Hollywood

Price: $150/person for the workshop, the salon is free!


In this generative workshop, participants from all levels are invited to work with the visiting writers to tap into their own unique and varied experiences to produce new and original poems through multiple and spontaneous processes of introspection facilitated in a safe and welcoming environment. Participants are welcomed to share their work produced in workshop but are not required and will leave the workshop with either complete poems, or the beginnings poems on a variety of different topics.


About the instructors:


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the author of Cenzontle, chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. prize (BOA editions 2018). His first chapbook, DULCE, was the winner of the Drinking Gourd Prize published by Northwestern University Press, and his memoir, Children of the Land is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He holds a B.A. from Sacramento State University and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. He cofounded the Undocupoets campaign which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in the country and was recognized with the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” award. His work has appeared or is featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, People Magazine, PBS Newshour, Fusion TV, New England Review, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed, Indiana Review, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. He lives in Marysville, California where he teaches poetry to incarcerated youth and also teaches remotely at the Ashland University Low-Res MFA program.




Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast, finalist for the 2018 PEN Open Book Award and the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. Recently named a 2019-2020 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, she is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation, visiting professor at Boston University and the 2018-2019 Doris Lippman Visiting Poet at The City College of New York.


Bookings are closed for this event.