Archives Studio

Archives Studio

Rummage through the archives with Khairani Barokka to inspire new historically-minded poems.

This Studio course delves into the ways we may use poetry to grapple with public and personal archives, and public archives as personal in and of themselves. From photographic artifacts to news headlines, we will explore how poetry is in itself an archiving, an archival body. We’ll interrogate what counts as an archive, and why, through poem-making.  

Sources for critical discussion include Việt Lê and Michelle Dizon’s White Gaze, Julietta Singh’s No Archive Will Restore You, Jay Bernard’s Surge, alongside the work of Kim Hyesoon as translated by Don Mee Choi, Najwan Darwish as translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid, Kei Miller, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Layli Long Soldier, M. NourbeSe Philip, Bhanu Kapil, and others. 

Studios are 4 week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

For more information visit our Online Courses page.

Image credit: Catarina Carvalho

About Khairani Barokka View Profile

Khairani Barokka (b. Jakarta, 1985) is a writer, poet and artist in London. She was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow for her masters at ITP, and Indonesia’s first Writer-In-Residence at Vermont Studio Center. She was Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, and is currently Researcher-in-Residence and Research Fellow at University of the Arts London’s Decolonising Arts Institute. 

Okka is the writer/performer/producer of, among others, a deaf-accessible, solo poetry/art show, Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee. It premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 as Indonesia’s only representative, with a grant from HIVOS. She was recognized in 2014 by UNFPA as one of Indonesia’s “Inspirational Young Leaders Driving Social Change”, for highly prolific, pioneering international work in justice-oriented arts. 

Published internationally in anthologies and journals, Okka has presented work extensively, in fifteen countries, is a frequent public speaker, and has been awarded various residencies, grants and award nominations, including a Pushcart Prize nomination. She is author and illustrator of poetry-art book Indigenous Species, nominated for a Goldsmiths Public Engagement Award (Tilted Axis Press, 2016; Vietnamese translation published in 2018 with AJAR Press), co-editor with Ng Yi-Sheng of HEAT: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology (Fixi, 2016), and co-editor, with Sandra Alland and Daniel Sluman, of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017), shortlisted for a Saboteur Award for Best Anthology and a Poetry School Book of the Year. Her first full-length poetry collection, Rope, was published by Nine Arches Press in October 2017. She received a PhD by Practice in Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Department, as an LPDP Scholar. Okka is currently working on a book and visual works. Her most recent exhibition was Annah: Nomenclature at the ICA.  


‘I return to Poetry School courses again and again because they are so accessible online. The tutors are published poets who prepare excellent resources and original prompts. You meet new people, share ideas and write more and better poems. There is always something different to explore and to learn.’

– Summer 2020 survey response

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