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Poetry Workshop with George Abraham

  • World War II Club 50 Conz Street Northampton, MA, 01060 United States (map)

Every first Tuesday in 2019, nohopoco will be bringing you a special poet to lead a workshop. After the workshop, our guest poet gives a private reading of their own work. In July we are thrilled to invite George Abraham to teach a generative workshop.

About the workshop: It's My Party And I'll ________ if I Want To 

One of the most subversive qualities in a poem is the ability to write into mess; to take control of the camera, force its gaze to our ugliest and most uncomfortable moments, and hold it there. What are we to do with narratives that don't adhere to western patriarchal + supremacist notions of linearity or digestibility, and how can poems occupy their own Truth and Memory in these cases? This generative poetry/hybrid genre workshop will draw upon works by Richard Siken, Hala Alyan, Marlon James, and other writers leaning into mess, contradiction, and nonlinearity, as models for excavating our own messes. 

To attend this workshop, please sign up in advance through the online system ( or contact Catherine Weiss ( directly, because seats are limited!

About our featured poet and workshop facilitator:
George Abraham (they/he) is a Palestinian-American poet and Bioengineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020), and the chapbooks: the specimen's apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm (TAR, 2017). He is a Kundiman, Watering Hole, and Poetry Incubator fellow, winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, and recipient of the Best Poet title from the College Union Poetry Slam International. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming online with The Paris Review, Tin House, LitHub, Boston Review, The Rumpus, and in anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry and Nepantla.


Accessibility Information:

Northampton Poetry is a wheel chair accessible venue.

We strive to be a fragrance free. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils, and highly scented body products.

Spots in the workshop are reserved in advance through our online system. $10. Low/no-fee spots available. Please contact us if you have questions.

Earlier Event: June 25
June Poetry Potluck
Later Event: July 9
Open Mic + Lauren Ledoux