Though participants will learn or review the traditional basics of a story including character, plot and intention, we will also shake things up, experiment with the writing process and push ourselves to become better see-ers. In other words, we will begin with the gentle art of noticing and how to take a walk in the woods.
As part of the Fox Cities Book Festival, join poets Matt Cook, De’Shawn Ewing, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, and Amanda Reavey for their special kind of poetry, poems that need to be seen AND heard. Spoken word poets recite/perform their poems in a way that facilitates and enhances understanding. Listen/see their poems. Learn the how and why of it. Enjoy this way of listening, this way of participating in poetry.
Explore your origin story. We, as humans, are more than our birth certificates and where we work. We, as writers, are more than our rationalizations. As both humans and writers, we are all at once artists, dreamers, mythmakers, and visionaries. In this workshop, we will explore the cultural history and importance of origin stories, as well as ideas for approaching and discovering your own.
Fee: $32/$26 members (all materials included)
Registration: Space is limited, advance registration required. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794.
Come explore and share our origin stories.
Who are you? Why are you here? What do you want? We, as humans, are more than our birth certificates and where we work. We, as writers, are more than our rationalizations. As both humans and writers, we are all at once artists, dreamers, mythmakers, and visionaries. In this workshop, we will explore the cultural history and importance of origin stories, as well as ideas for approaching and discovering your own.
Join me at the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha! I'll be co-presenting with Margaret Noodin, author of Weweni.
Writing As Affirmation
Date: Saturday, Nov. 4
Panel Time: 4-5pm
Book Signing Time: 5-5:30pm
Location: UW-Waukesha, RoomN127
Margaret Noodin composes her poems in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabe people, and then translates them into English. Her work raises questions about what can be translated and how to bend the dominant language in new directions.
Poet and book artist Amanda Ngoho Reavey combines lyric, documentary, and visual poetry to investigate questions of grief, identity, and transformation, of writing herself into existence.
Margaret Noodin is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. To see and hear current projects visit www.ojibwe.net
Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a Philippine-born, Wisconsin-raised poet interested in the myths we create when the myths we have no longer sustain us. She is the author of Marilyn, winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies.
Event Title: "Stop mispronouncing my name"
A Radical Poetics of Brown Bodies in White Spaces
Type of Event: Panel - Poetry Craft and Criticism
Panelists: Angel Dominguez, Angela Peñaredondo, Sarah Richards Graba, Amanda Ngoho Reavey
PANEL TIME, DAY, AND ROOM TBA
A Craft Talk & Workshop with Amanda Ngoho Reavey
Cost: $40 / $35 for Lynden Sculpture Garden Members (includes a signed copy of MARILYN)
Amanda Ngoho Reavey will give a craft talk on how plant spirit communication influenced her writing process and produced her book, Marilyn, the winner of the 2017 Best Book Award in Poetry from the Association for Asian American Studies.
Then, drawing from her exploration of and reconnection with Indigenous Filipino practices, she will facilitate an experiential writing workshop in which participants embody malinao na isip (clear thoughts) and reconnect with anitos (ancestors and nature spirits) in the garden. Come ready to ask questions and write poetry or prose through the simplicity of presence, breath and touch.
Participants should bring a notebook (please no laptops), a pen, and a small, personally meaningful object. No previous writing experience necessary.
All participants will receive a signed copy of MARILYN.
The following class is through UWM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Learn or review the traditional basics of a story, including character and plot – and experiment with the writing process. Push yourself to become a better “see-er.” In other words, start with the gentle art of noticing how to take a walk in the woods.
Anais Nin (1903-1977), best remembered for her journal writing, said, “It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene and, as if by magic, we see new meaning in it.”
Date: 5 Thu., Apr. 27-May 25, 2017
Enrollment Limit: 10
Program Number: SPRI:168
Registration Deadline: Thu., Apr. 27, 2017
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