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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 4 Weeks

Revolutionary Poetics

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  • $250.00 Non-Member
  • $235.00 Member

Class Description

Because poetry, by definition, is political, even the choice to write apolitical poetry is a political one. In this workshop, we will develop our writing craft while engaging in revolutionary political education, specifically as it relates to the Black Power and Black Arts Movements. Over the course of four sessions, we will read, watch, and listen to poetry, speeches, essays and music from iconic revolutionaries in an effort to truly understand the role of a revolutionary, the "role of the artist," and when, where and how these roles intersect.

Expect to explore works from icons such as Assata Shakur, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, June Jordan, Malcolm X, Audre Lorde and Kwame Ture, among others. We will also explore works by modern poets with revolutionary themes such as Tongo-Eisen Martin, Danez Smith, Safia Elhillo, Hanif Abdurraqib and others.

This workshop will encourage writers to reflect on and articulate their own lived practices outside of their writing. We will identify when and how those practices show up in our writing choices. We will also use text, media, theory and discussion to inform and challenge our points of view and our understanding of how our political lifestyles impact how we show up as artists and, inevitably, how we show up as humans.

Scholarships Format/Location

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!