is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published by Copper Canyon Press; she is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. A member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council and a visiting professor at the New School, she lives in New York City.
Thursdays, April 11 – May 2, 2019
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Words in Action Workshop
Generate new work as we chart a course through the landscape of arts and action, and explore poetry, essay, fiction, and hybrid forms in your writing.
Can language be a catalyst for change? Can speech constitute action? In this workshop, we will examine the ways in which the work of writing can be a space of political action and social engagement. Through the study and discussion of the works of Audre Lorde, Rebecca Solnit, James Baldwin, Claudia Rankine, Layli Long Soldier, Cornelius Eady, Solmaz Sharif, Javier Zamora, Adrienne Rich, and others, we’ll investigate ideas of literary activism, and consider what responsibilities a writer may (or may not) have to their communities; and to address issues like injustice, inequality, violence, and the pressing concerns of our society today. We will explore how writers use form, voice, sound, and syntax to respond to political and social issues; and to create a stirring landscape that inspires, chills, and provokes.
April 11–May 2
6:30 - 9:00 pm
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