7:00 to 10:00 pm
March 13, 2022
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$100 new; $90 returning
Political unrest is nothing new, but now in the year 2019, we are fighting for the environment, income equality, and rights for refugees, LGBTQ individuals, women, and children. Many in our communities are rising up against policies that seek to limit their resources and freedom. Yet what can we as poets and lovers of poetry do in response? During the twentieth century, poems such as "I, Too" by Langston Hughes, "Yo Soy Joaquin" by Corky Gonzalez, "Puerto Rican Obituary" by Pedro Pietri, and "ID Card" by Mahmoud Darwish (to name a few) helped spark major political and cultural movements. In this three-hour seminar, we will read twenty-first century social justice poems by Fatimah Asghar, Chen Chen, Khadijah Queen, Emmy Perez, and others to study strategies for turning personal trauma, anger, and anxiety into authentic and inspired lyrical poetry. Through in-class writing prompts and experimentation, we will work together to turn chaos into offerings of witness and refuge.
This class will take place at Book Show in Highland Park, where wine, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.