Online: Zoom

Writing Transversal Poetry: A Bilingual Workshop

Saturday, February 26th 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

With a lineage that includes Arthur Rimbaud, Aimée Césaire, Pedro Pietri, and Edouard Glissant, Uraoyán Noel's "Transversal" (University of Arizona Press, 2021) charts a course that gives poets from marginalized language communities a way to engage the English language on our own terms. Inspired by this example, we will engage in experimental exercises, creating poems with parallel language-tracks and diagonal lines of reading; forms with the capacity to mis/translate, thus creating meaning that's only found, not lost, in translation.

This workshop is for poets who come from any language-community that struggles with the influence of internalized white supremacy. Here, we will center the poet's experience and give ourselves the authority to speak with our own voices "in this great universe without fear or doubts...," as Pietri wrote, "that's what the dream is about!

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!

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Rolando Lopez
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  • In-Class Writing Prompts
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  • Class Discussion


  • Poetry

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