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Poetry As Activism

Saturday, June 4th, from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

While journalistic forms are conventionally used by activists, poetry holds the unique power of visceral and emotional influence. During this workshop, we'll discuss the ethics of activist poetry, then look at written/spoken pieces by poets including José Olivarez and Denice Frohman. We’ll try writing our own activist poems. Whether you want to write about the environment, poverty, LGBTQIA+ rights, racial justice, or other issues on the local, national, or global level, learn how poetry can embody your passion and anger. Be in community with other politically-minded writers. Leave with a deeper understanding of activism, a different perspective on poetry, and new writing.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Kayla Degala-Paraíso
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