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PJ Seminar: Against Silence: On Sound, Music, and Proximity in Poetry with Lee Herrick

$70.00 · May 15

In this generative workshop, we will explore sound as a means to infuse rhythm and lyricism to our writing.

Start Date

May 15

Day(s) of the Week


Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT




Zoom (online)




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In this generative workshop, we will explore sound as a means to infuse rhythm and lyricism to our writing. We will consider the question, how can we infuse music and sound into our poetry and writing? We will also explore sound in writing as a way to reclaim proximity to those we have lost, those we never knew, or those about whom we dream. Lastly, we will explore sound as reverberation or taking action again, working against silence as a means of liberation, and writing poems that have emotional impact with sonic resonance.

We will discuss sample poems (Natalie Diaz, Juan Felipe Herrera) and learn craft techniques to enhance the lyric impact of our writing. Participants will leave with a new poem, ideas for new poems, and strategies to make your poems and writing sing.

About Lee Herrick

Lee Herrick is the California Poet Laureate. He is the author of three books of poems: Scar and Flower, finalist for the 2020 Northern California Book Award; Gardening Secrets of the Dead; and This Many Miles from Desire.

He is co-editor of The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books 2020). His poems appear widely, in The Poetry Foundation, Academy of American Poets, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed, Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice with a foreword by Common, HERE: Poems for the Planet, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, and Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, among others. Herrick serves on the advisory board of Terrain.org and Sixteen Rivers Press. He co-founded LitHop in Fresno. He has taught in Qingdao, China, and for Kundiman.

He was born in Daejeon, Korea and adopted as an infant. He lives with his family in Fresno, California and served as Fresno Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. He teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA program at University of Nevada Reno at Lake Tahoe. He is the 10th California Poet Laureate, and the first Asian American to serve in the role.