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“Say her name!”: Writing the poetry of witness

May 13, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0

$3.80 – $8.54

In this workshop, poets will study the poetic work of Aracelis Girmay, Patricia Smith, and Danez Smith as a way of tracing the trembling thread that these poets leave us through the intense witnessing of pain to human connection, creative response, and action. You will also read the news and be guided in the spiritual and humanizing practice necessary to write poetry of witness. At the end of the workshop, those who are ready, will be encouraged to record and submit their poems to Black Poets Speak Out or Voluble. This workshop is open to writers of all backgrounds and stripes, and at any stage of their process.

About the instructor, poet Raina J. León:

Raina J. León, member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, Cave Canem, Macondo, and CantoMundo, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate(2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland and Ragdale. She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of LatinX arts. Raina is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Reserving a Space: You may reserve a space by purchasing a ticket on a sliding scale, $5-10, first-come-first-serve. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. There are 15 five dollar tix available, and 15 ten dollar tix available. The class caps at 30, so reserve your space now!

Location: Temescal Art Center, 511 48th Street, Oakland, 94609. TAC studio can be accessed via wide ramps and also features a wide bathroom equipped with multiple handrails.


May 13, 2017
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
$3.80 – $8.54
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ASUR: Artists for Sustained & United Resistance
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Temescal Art Center
511 48th Street
Oakland, 94609 United States
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