Chronology of Mind Workshop — Workshop with Barbara Henning

Over the years, I’ve developed a long list of approaches and experiments that have helped me generate poems (and novels) and also helped me think differently. Most of these experiments (or constraints) engage autobiographical material (the self extending into the world) while at the same time disrupting or redirecting an easy chronology. Some of the assignments will include: walking/writing meditation, sequential quilting, prose sestinas, research/layering, a line an hour, thinking the opposite, etc. The class will function as a workshop; we will read and discuss your writing. We will also spend part of the time considering writing by others, such as: Matsuo Basho, Harry Mathews, Jack Kerouac, Harryette Mullen, William Carlos Williams, Helene Cixous, Bill Kushner, Bernadette Mayer, and Ed Sanders.

Barbara Henning

Barbara Henning is the author of three novels, seven collections of poetry, four chapbooks and a series of photo-poem pamphlets. Her, most recent books of poetry are A Day Like Today, (Negative Capability Press, forthcoming April 2015), A Swift Passage (Quale Press), Cities and Memory (Chax Press) and a collection of object-sonnets, My Autobiography (United Artists). She is also the editor of Looking Up Harryette Mullen and The Collected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches for and Long Island University.