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January 18th (2019): Fall 2018 Workshop Reading @Poetry Project

January 18th (2019): Fall 2018 Workshop Reading @Poetry Project

Friday, January 18 at 8pm | Free Poetry Project @St. Marks Church,

131 E. 10th Street (at 2nd Ave) New York NY 10003

DIRECTIONS: R/W to Eighth Street–New York University

B/D/F/M/6 to Broadway–Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street

I will be reading at this event work I produced during Candace Williams' workshop on erasure poetry! See details below.


Participants of The Poetry Project’s Fall 2018 writing workshops, led by Jennifer Bartlett, Candace Williams, and Yoshiko Chuma will gather to read work they produced.

Workshop 1#: [the] birds dreamed hungry: a poetry workshop on Larry Eigner and Black Mountain Poetry — Workshop with Jennifer Bartlett

This workshop will focus on the work and life of Larry Eigner as a map to expand one’s own poetry and vision of the world. While he is most often associated with the Black Mountain College poets, Eigner, who had severe cerebral palsy, has also been read as an important influence on disability poetics, as well as eco-poetics and the language poets.

His work is formally and syntactically marked by the breath-based patterns described in Charles Olson’s “Projective Verse,” and his poems also reflect William Carlos Williams’ “no idea but in things.” As such, the workshop will examine how Eigner’s poems fit into these categories and how we, as poets, can use his work as a jumping off point to expand our own. We will be generating new writing throughout the workshop, and our meetings will include critical discussion around readings, as well as their connections to contemporary activist movements.

Jennifer Bartlett is the author of four books of poetry and co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. She has been researching and writing a biography on Larry Eigner for the past seven years.

Workshop 2#: Poet Against Empire: a Generative Erasure Workshop — Workshop with Candace Williams

How can erasure poetry be a means for confrontation and dialogue? What makes a good erasure poem? How can a poet use feedback to revise a visual poem? Whether someone is new to poetry, or is an experienced writer, erasing found text can help poets generate visually-engaging work that responds to power with precision and complexity. In this workshop, participants will analyze different strategies used in erasure poems, try out these strategies by drafting 2-3 erasures of their own, and give and receive feedback on work crafted during the workshop. Readings include poems by Chase Berggrun, jayy dodd, Philip Metres, Isobel O’Hare, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Srikanth Reddy.

Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s a sixth grade humanities educator and robotics coach. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. futureblack, her first full-length manuscript, is a finalist of the 2018 National Poetry Series open competition. In 2018, she released Spells for Black Wizards (The Atlas Review), a winner of the 2017 TAR Chapbook Series. Her work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House Online, Hyperallergic, and Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books), among other places. She earned her master’s in education from Stanford University and has received support from Cave Canem, Brooklyn Poets, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her essays, interviews, and reviews can be found in Electric Literature, VIDA Review, the Fanzine, and Shondaland.

Workshop 3#: Shifting Concepts: from Poem to Body — Workshop with Yoshiko Chuma

Movement Research, in partnership with The Poetry Project, presents Shifting Concepts: from Poem to Body. Yoshiko Chuma, Artistic Director of the award winning company The School of Hard Knocks will guide participants in a 3-day workshop about the transformation of conceptual ideas into physical movement vocabulary. The investigation process of transformation from intellectual concepts to physical movements will be an exercise for both the brain and the body.

During the 3 days, the participants will work with Ms. Chuma, in a combination of demonstration and participatory exercises. Chuma will also present action exercises with props. The workshop is open for anyone of all ages. We will use our own gestures, words, images and experiences to create movement. How can the abstraction of words and movement guide one another toward new means of communicating? How do these practices speak to urgent political and global issues today? Dance is a monologue, flowing resistance activity using dance to deliver a delicate and powerful message. Poets will speak a kind of monologue composed of abstract dance movements. Dance is poem. The 3 day workshop will end with a small private presentation with the participants. There will be surprise guest appearances every day.

Yoshiko Chuma is conceptual artist, choreographer/artistic director of award winning company The School of Hard Knocks.

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