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All Levels | Can thought have a texture? How about a feeling, a day, or a dream? In A Thousand Plateaus (1980) philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari talk about space/territory as either being smooth or striated (as in muscle). Is your writing smooth or striated? If it were a textile, would it be a patchwork, a smooth bolt of silk, or something intricately embroidered? In this generative workshop, poet Emily Skillings will lead participants through a selection of readings and writing prompts that engage different explorations of texture and its relationship to grammar, form, pleasure, image, and memory.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Poet and dancer Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publishers Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” and was shortlisted for The Believer 2018 Poetry Prize. The judges’s citation read: “This book is replete with lines that reverberate, like echoing prayers, at once a promise from God and to God.” In Emily’s own words, “Some of the shared attentions and themes of the book include depression, gender, color, painting and visual art, toxic white femininity, cloudiness, somatic experience, cantankerousness, jealousy, sex, light, America, collage, feelings without names, looming dread, boredom, water.”
Skillings has also authored the chapbooks Backchannel (Poor Claudia, 2014) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants. Of Backchannel, Todd Colby wrote: “delightful meditative mantra loops that leave me laugh-gasping with her ability to tickle and stab at the very same time. Skillings writes of canaries, shitsponges, bacteria rafts, and a site in Alaska known as “Dispersed Media Steepletop.” Who could ask for anything more? This chapbook is a funny and fierce debut worthy of your attention and love.”
She is currently at work on a book-length poem sequence called Mother of Pearl about the environment “and whether or not I want to eventually have children.”
Skillings is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series.
She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow in 2017, and has taught creative writing at Yale University, Columbia University School of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, Poets House, and through Brooklyn Poets.
Skillings is based in Brooklyn, NY.