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IDEOLOGY A Trans* & Nonbinary Poetry Workshop Series | Virtual

June 15, 2023 - June 22, 2023

A Trans* Poetry Workshop Series

Hosted by Millay Arts

Join us this Pride month (and in celebration of our 50th Anniversary) for IDEOLOGY, a series of virtual poetry workshops that transgress to impress. Featuring creative prompts and performances by five of Millay Arts’ brilliant trans* and nonbinary alums: wo chan, Ching-in Chen, Bianca Rae Messinger, Jayson P. Smith, and Emji Saint Spero.

Dream ritual. Hallucinatory translation. Cruel nothings. This is gender confirmation poetry at its finest. Expansive, ecstatic, and deliciously complicit, these workshops are designed to be interactive and exploratory. Open to all / no previous experience necessary.

All proceeds will go toward supporting The Vincent Prize, Millay Arts’ fully-funded residency for trans* and gender nonconforming artists.

$60-120 per workshop
Sliding scale; no one will be turned away for lack of funds


Thurs June 15 | 6-8pm EST
(in)articulations, or, what we mean when we say “craft” w/ Jayson P. Smith

This workshop offers writers an opportunity to reconsider the idea of craft as a somatic interrogation. Together we will ask: what memories/experiences/habits guide the choices you make on the page? How can we use them to redefine how you understand yourself as a poet?


Sat June 17 | 4-6pm EST
Slip into something more uncomfortable w/ Emji Saint Spero

Tues June 20 | 7-9pm EST
Spells for Safety w/ Ching-In Chen 

Using the anthology Poetry as Spellcasting: Poems, Essays, and Prompts for Manifesting Liberation and Reclaiming Power, we will create and dream poem-rituals and spells together as freedom maps for ourselves and our communities.

Thurs June 22 | 6-8pm EST
Love in Excess w/ Bianca Rae Messinger

This workshop centers around the power of love (in writing) to transcend bodily limitations. We will look at a couple brief excerpts (Robert Glück, Samuel R. Delaney, Leslie Scalapino, Marquis de Sade, Teresa de Avila) while focusing on exercises which allow writing from the body-mind. Part of this involves triangulation, writing through others, conjuring others, hallucinatory translation. The other involves an acknowledgement of fetish (or an investment in the response of the “self”) as a fundamental theoretical and aesthetic mode. How does an ecstatic relationship to love permit us to expand the limits of our perception and desire?


$60-120 per workshop
Fees are sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.*

Please make sure to specify which residency you are registering for.

Discount Packages

 $100 for two workshops
• $225 for all five workshops


June 15, 2023
June 22, 2023
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Millay Arts
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