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Pens With Benefits: A Poetry Workshop on Eros & Sex with Alina Pleskova

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


This weekend intensive workshop, running 3 hours on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July, aims to open a lively, inclusive, and generative dialogue about ways to get comfortable with writing poetry about desire and sex. We’ll make time for more straightforwardly erotic work, but also widen our scope to approaches that aren’t explicit, couple-centric, or particularly “sexy”.

In-class writing exercises and discussions will be framed by illustrative examples of what poems about desire and sex can look like, from the sensual to the silly, the profound to the profane. This workshop is for adults aged 18+ and open to all poetry familiarity and experience levels. Please come prepared to write! Sharing will be optional but highly encouraged.

Dates and Time:

  • Saturday July 10th & Sunday July 11th
  • 1pm – 3pm


Alina Pleskova is a poet, editor, and Russian immigrant turned proud Philadelphian. Her work has been featured in American Poetry Review,  Thrush,  Entropy,  Cosmonauts Avenue, Peach Mag, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, What Urge Will Save Us, was published by Spooky Girlfriend Press in 2017. She is the co-editor of bedfellows, a biannual literary magazine focused on sex, desire, and intimacy, and a founding member of the Cheburashka Collective, a group of women and nonbinary writers from the Soviet diaspora. She is a Programming Coordinator for the 215 Festival, and has hosted workshops, author events, and readings for organizations including Rutgers University, Apiary, The Head & The Hand, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.


July 10
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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