Resistance: Writing About or Against Aggressions with Diana Khoi Nguyen

“I can’t hide from myself. In poetry, the latent, existential ineffable can be transformed via my imagination. Since coming to this realization, I try to call myself out when I’m exhibiting avoidant behavior, or trying to obscure something. I write to confront myself on the page.”
––Diana Khoi Nguyen, LitHub: “Poet Diana Khoi Nguyen on Family and Writing a Radical Eulogy for Her Brother” 

In this one-day craft class, we will look at pieces that address everyday aggressions: micro and macro. Some of these may be pieces that are in dialogue with another piece of creative writing, or in response to a personal or social incident in real life. What does intentional writing as an act of resistance, of rectifying the record, of reclaiming injustice look like?

This craft class is open to Asian American writers. The non-refundable tuition fee is $50. This class will be held over Zoom. There are scholarship spots available, and applications are open through April 8th.



A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018) and recipient of a 2021 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to winning the 92Y “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman Fellow, she is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.