92Y - Unterberg Poetry Center Writing Program with Jean Valentine 2010

Jean Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003 was the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry. The recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, Valentine has taught at Sarah Lawrence, New York University, and Columbia.

Jean and I both love reading and writing short and "silent" poems. She inspires me like no one else in life. A part of what I am today and will become tomorrow is largely contributed to her splendid persona and breath-taking poems.

Writing Excerpt from Supernatural by Ann Yu Huang:

"...a woman's choir that
needs instruments of heart,
as they get louder and closer
to the tides of earth,
consumed by the
wishful mirth."

Western Michigan University Prague Summer Writing Program 2009
Poetry Class with Gerald Costanzo

The founder of Carnegie Mellon University Press, Gerald Costanzo published seven collections of poems and edited four anthologies. His work has been honored with two Fellowships in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as by fellowships from the Falk Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines. His work has also received two Pushcart Prizes.

Costanzo is a caring, "old-school" teacher who likes to see us play with forms and rhymes during his class. His great sense of humor and shy nature gives us a living example of a traditionalist poet, a jewel in our time.

Writing Excerpt from Macaroon Sweet by Ann Yu Huang:

"...you brought me 12
heavenly creatures made
by the French customs
I hoped for all, 24 to
treat my inner imbalance..."

Paris Writers' Workshop 2008
Fiction Class with Nahid Rachlin

Rachlin's publications include a memoir, Persian Girls, four novels, Jumping Over Fire, Foreigner, Married to a Stranger, The Heart's Desire, and a collection of short stories, Veils. Her individual short stories have appeared in more than fifty magazines, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Redbook, Shenandoah.

Nahid is candid, optimistic, strong-willed and devoted to her career. We have a keen bond due to our common struggles as the writers who strive to outlive our native tongue while establishing our "voices" outside our hometown.

Writing Excerpt from Once by Ann Yu Huang:

"...She lies down on the bed and takes off her shoes and her leather jacket. Her face meets the bed sheets and the pillows beneath, a smell of fresh laundry immerses to her nose. This is what a bed sheet should be - cool pressed linen smelling of lavender. They must have cleaned the sheet just last night. She likes the sense of being taken care of. As she rubs her face in between the pillows, she feels the place is just perfect..."

New York University Summer Intensive Writing Workshop 2007
Master Improve Class with Michael Steinberg

Michael has been a writing/composition teacher, a journalist, an occasional playwright, and a director of plays for the last two decades. He coauthored Those Who Do Can: Teachers Writing, Writers Teaching, a source book for writers, and co-edited The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction. The latter is now going into a fifth edition and has become a standard text in a number of college creative nonfiction and advanced composition courses.

Still Pitching is Mike's most satisfying memoir, as well as my best learning material. Though his teaching techniques are imperceptible, and his words melancholic, they have taught me to recognize one's own failures and be able to appraise them from staying "put". Mike is simply a writer of experience.

Writing Excerpt from Last Time They Met by Ann Yu Huang:

"Last time they met was in a remote place where all the faces they knew had eventually vanished. They had a bright encounter but brief one only by exchanging their names. It was considered an act of knowing someone with sparkling in one's eyes without actual speaking..."

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