Nasty? Why Thank You!

Nasty? Why Thank You!


When Trump called Hillary Rodham Clinton “nasty,” the earth rumbled beneath women’s feet. We knew what “nasty” meant to Trump: Clinton was showing the country that she was a smarter, more compassionate candidate—and she wasn’t afraid to show it.

In this workshop, open to men and women, we’ll define “nasty,” writing poems that embrace our power and outrage. We’ll explore our sexuality with poems both subtle and in-your-face. Slut-shame. What’s that? We’ll write about motherhood, our mothers, and our lives without children. And we’ll say #MeToo to anyone who used our gender against us.

You’ll leave the workshop with drafts of four new pieces—poems, hybrids or even micro-fiction—and plenty of ideas for launching new work.

July 9-August 5 (Online)

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Teaching Artist


Tina Barry

Mall Flower, Tina Barry’s book of poems and short fiction (Big Table Publishing, 2015), received two Pushcart Prize nominates and won a place in The Best Short Fiction 2016 anthology. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, as well as literary publications such as Drunken Boat; Elimae; Lost in Thought; Blue Fifth Notebook; Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction; and Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women. She is a Best of the Net nominee. In 2014, Barry received her M.F.A. in creative writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn. A long-time Brooklynite, Barry now resides in the Hudson Valley. Find her at