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This winter, poet HOA NGUYEN returns to FRED WAH with a pair of writing workshops in support of knife | fork | book

“Verse, prose, verse-prose: multi-referential yet playful. It is a book of poetics as poem as reality-expanding creative possibility. In a sequence written across books and forty years, MHT is a poetics of process—as opposed to a poetics of knowledge—that directs our attention to the play of reality and time, as being led by words to where “the wickerwack of wonder prevails”.

Hoa Nguyen on Fred Wah’s Music at the Heart of Thinking (Talonbooks 2020)

On the eve before the longest night, join poet HOA NGUYEN in a special two-hour workshop offered by her in the spirit of connection, creativity, and continuance. Participants of the workshop will read and write with Fred Wah’s Music at the Heart of Thinking (Talonbooks, 2020) as they think and create with the promise of poetry. Experience this chance to respond, play, inquire, and engage in writing as a relational form of listening with this legendary poetics teacher.


A Pair of Winter Writing Workshops with HOA NGUYEN

in support of knife | fork | book

Sunday December 20, 2020

4 PM to 6:30 PM ET

Hosted by k f b


With Saturn and the Sun in Aquarius, we offer you an event of creative continuance and chance to innovate, respond, and engage in writing as a relational form of listening. Led by legendary poetics teacher HOA NGUYEN on the eve of cross quarter day, a celestial marking in the northern hemisphere known for its association with divination and poetry. Support KFB and join poet Hoa Nguyen in a two-hour workshop to read and write with Fred Wah’s Music at the Heart of Thinking (Talonbooks, 2020)

Sunday January 31, 2021

4 PM to 6:30 PM ET

Hosted by k f b

Hoa has generously gifted her instruction here in direct support to benefit KFB! 

The cost of the workshop/s includes a pre-order of Hoa’s upcoming Wave release, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, shipping, administration, and handling. Required text: Music at the Heart of Thinking by Fred Wah (Talonbooks, 2020), the purchase of which may be covered by the entry price or secured elsewhere—see options by following link below. 

TO REGISTER, CHOOSE YOUR OPTIONS HERE: Spaces capped at 100: do not delay. Support KFB and secure your space TODAY

ALL proceeds after costs go directly to benefit Canada’s indispensable poetry dispensary, knife | fork | book. 


HOA NGUYEN is the author of several books of poetry, including As Long As Trees LastRed Juice, and Violet Energy Ingots, which received a 2017 Griffin Prize nomination. As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, she has served as guest editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 and judge for the 2020 Griffin Prize for Poetry, and has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, Bard College, Poet’s House, and the Banff Centre’s Writers Studio. Recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature nomination, she has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her writing has garnered attention from such outlets as The PBS News Hour, GrantaThe WalrusNew York Times, and Poetry, among others. Born in the Mekong Delta and raised and educated in the United States, Nguyen has lived in Canada since 2011.

By Kirby

Poet. Book Fairy. Publisher knife | fork | book

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