CROWN HEIGHTS: Tuesday 8/9, Tuesday 8/16, and Tuesday 8/23, 6:00-7:45pm
“Poetry is the art of social justice” – Martín Espada
Poetry offers us both a bridge and a door handle. As a bridge, poetry allows us to recognize points of shared experience between people, to reach across our divides, and to find points of unity. As a door handle, poetry allows us to reach beyond what we see at the surface and to open onto new discoveries of self and the world in which we move. Throughout time, people have used poetry and spoken word to speak truth to power and address hierarchies of oppression. In this global moment of fear and division, poetry is the art we need to inspire social action.
In this three-week workshop series we will examine poetry’s power on mind, body, and spirit; its ability to inspire personal, social, and societal change; and, critically, how the writing and sharing of poetry can forge community connections and deeper connection and understanding of self. Our goal is to inspire the creation of poetry guided by themes of identity, access, representation and action, and to foster a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world in which we move. This free event is open to all LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-26. Refreshments provided. Those who attend the entire series will receive a $25 completion gift. Follow this link to register.
- Guest Speaker Reading
- Check-in, Intros & framing
- Group free-writing time
- Opportunity to share work
- Group discussion Questions & Closing
The last of these workshops will include a showcase of poems created during the series and will be open to a small group of personal guests.
For more information and questions, please email Gray Davidson Carroll (they/them) at email@example.com.