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.
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.
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
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?
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.