100,000 Poets for Change Birmingham: Pollution, Place, & and the People
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

100,000 Poets for Change Birmingham: Pollution, Place, & and the People

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Poetry performance and activist panel discussion. A collaboration to celebrate 100,000 Poets for Change and increase awareness and bridge-building around environmental justice issues in Birmingham.

On September 28 from 2-6 pm, we and our partners at Scalawag Magazine and PEN America will be holding the 4th Annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Birmingham at DISCO.

Our focus this year will be on Environmental Justice, and the dangerous inequities of soil, air and water pollution in our state.
"Place, Pollution, & The People," is a community response bringing together journalists, poets, artists, and thinkers on the topic of pollution and its effects on place and person. Please RSVP here and/or on our eventbrite page. bit.ly/PollutionPlacePeople

When we say we are from a place--or we live in a place--that means we invest in that place with our bodies, taxes, families, and futures.

Poets will read poems on the topic of Alabama environmental justice and the legacy of pollution on both the land and our bodies. Scalawag Magazine will also curate a panel including local activists, reporters, government officials, artists, and health professionals on the continued effects of environmental pollution and how the community is coming up with solutions.

Refreshments and Bar.

The event is free, but donations to GASP will be gladly accepted.

Articles to inform invitees: Series of articles to read about our approach to the larger issue of environmental justice and reparations:

GASP website

https://gaspgroup.org/about-us/

Green from Below by Zaina Alsous highlights the intersectional and multidimensional approach to ecological reform
https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2019/06/green-new-deal-editorial/

Southerners Combating White Supremacy Profile: Esther Calhoun by Salaam Green discusses the specific effects of environmental racism on Black Belt communities as well as the ways in which journalists can partner to strengthen grass-roots efforts
https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2017/12/scws-profile-calhoun/

Southerly x Scalawag Series on Environmental Justice highlighting the health effects and its relationship to infrastructure
https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2018/07/the-rural-souths-invisible-public-health-crisis/

https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2018/07/in-the-black-belt-a-template-for-fixing-failing-sewage-infrastructure/

https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2019/06/environmental-justice-civil-rights/

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Words of a Wordsmith Poetry Workshop with Alina Stefanescu
Sep
3
6:00 PM18:00

Words of a Wordsmith Poetry Workshop with Alina Stefanescu

As usual, completely free and open to the public. Don’t worry if you’re running a few minutes late. Don’t make excuses for why there’s anything more important that you could be doing besides focusing on your poetry.

We’re going to play with fugues, musical notation, and sonatas.

(This series is sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library.)

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Bending Genres Workshop with Sabrina Orah Mark
Jun
14
to Jun 16

Bending Genres Workshop with Sabrina Orah Mark

WRITING & FAILURE: ON DISAPPOINTMENTS, SHAME, FAILURE AND GETTING LOST

In this workshop we will ruin everything. We will fall down the well, eat the poisonous berries, and take unforgivable risks. We will say things we never meant to say, destroy the living room, write the worst thing, break all the glass, hurt everybody’s feelings, get very lost, and then find ourselves disheveled in a crowd of strangers.

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Magic City Poetry Festival In Translation: Reading & Discussion
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Magic City Poetry Festival In Translation: Reading & Discussion

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Join a panel of readers (Iris Rinke-Hammer, Alina Stefanescu, Desai Ogada, Daniel Blokh, Maria Vargas) as they read in a language other than English. No translations! (We might hand out English translations to the audience.)

After the reading, panelists will participate in a discussion about writing in another language and translating, and the difficulties of existing in a world which tries to privilege English above all else.

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Poets Reading the News, Rise Up Review & Writers Resist at AWP
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Poets Reading the News, Rise Up Review & Writers Resist at AWP

Join us for a free collaborative reading by contributing writers to Poets Reading the News, The Rise Up Review, and Writers Resist at AWP, hosted at Rontoms--have a yummy bite and join the resistance!

RISE UP REVIEW READERS: Devon Balwit, Brent Terry, Lenny DellaRocca, Jennifer Jean, Iris Dunkle, Claudia F. Savage, Darius Atefat-Peckham, Joel Peckham, Cynthia Atkins, Katharine Whitcomb

WRITERS RESIST READERS: Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Tara Campbell, Tori Cárdenas, Jamie Davenport, Lisa DeSiro, Amy Freeman, Robbie Gamble, Amanda Gomez, Liz Kellebrew, Courtney LeBlanc, LJ Provost, Sima Rabinowitz, Sam Sax, Judith A. Skillman, Alina Stefanescu, Katie Thomason, C. Gregory Thompson, Writer and Hector Tobar

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Sunday on the Mic with #bhamstands
Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

Sunday on the Mic with #bhamstands

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In Tims’ words:

We're excited for our very first "Sunday on the Mic" event, which will highlight published authors and poets in our city in an open mic environment. Our first featured poet will be Alina Stefanescu Coryell! Alina has encouraged our page through both her writing and clear passion for others and we're honored to have her start this series. Thed Weller will be returning as our Open Mic host (message him if you'd like to sign up ahead of time). We will also have art by Becky Delgado on display and Alina will be giving away 3 tickets to Gogol Bordello at Iron City to a lucky attendee who purchases her book and a drink from Bizarre: The Coffee Bar. This is a FREE event. Will you stand with us?

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Bending Genres Workshop: Subverting the Line Break, A Prose Poetry Workshop
Feb
15
to Feb 17

Bending Genres Workshop: Subverting the Line Break, A Prose Poetry Workshop

Charles Simic compared writing a prose poem to “trying to catch a fly in a dark room. The fly probably isn’t even there, the fly is inside your head, still, you keep tripping over and bumping into things in hot pursuit. The prose poem is a burst of language following a collision with a large piece of furniture.” In this workshop, the focus will be on prose poetry as a vehicle or conveyer belt for subversive content that doesn’t fit well in other boxes.

Participants will study the techniques and subversions of contemporary prose poets (including Layli Long Soldier, Zbigniew Herbert, Ann Waldman, Danielle Mitchell, and others) in addition to writing and revising their own prose poems. Specific techniques will include parallelism, parataxis, lexical accretion, and various subversions of voice. We will generate new poems and revisit old poems that ache to be poured into different glasses. There are so many incredible ways to experience collisions with large pieces of furniture. We’ll focus on turning those collisions into small bricks of poetry.

Register online at the Bending Genres Workshop page.

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