Camille Rankine: Words in Action

Brooklyn, NY Thursdays, October 18 – November 15

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 reading and discussion, 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.

Camille Rankine 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. She is a visiting professor at the New School and lives in New York City.

Course Schedule
October 18 & 25; November 1 & 15 (there is no class on November 8)
6:30 - 9:00 pm
4 sessions

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