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Nevertheless, She Persisted: Feminist Poetry and the Power of the Femme

April 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT

A Generative Poetry Workshop led by Khalisa Rae

Level: All Levels

This is a generative writing workshop designed to help women and femme writers unleash the power locked within in them through exploring the work of poignant women writers. Feminist writers like Audre Lorde, Maggie Nelson, Dorothy Chan, Patricia Smith use writing as a tool of expression, resistance, and movement building. We will explore how the femme-centered literary work questions the status quo and challenges all systems of oppression while deepening our feminist roots in knowledge. We will hone our writing skills to not only tap into an unsung voice, but also generate work that moves, mesmerizes, and motivates conversation.

We will also explore ways in which women writers, particularly women and femme writers of color have had to articulate their pain and erasure in unique ways, and will practice emulating that in hopes of also finding a balm, a shovel, a sharp talent to claw ourselves out and back to light.

 + PLEASE NOTE This workshop will occur online via Zoom. Students do not need to create an account to participate, but should test out Zoom before their class if they are first-time users. On Thursday, April 28th from 5:30pm to 6:00pm, MWPA staff will offer a tech help session on Zoom. Students are encouraged to attend the tech help session, which usually takes only 5-10 minutes, if they have any tech concerns, use Zoom infrequently, or simply would like to test their connection, and those who do not are responsible for ensuring that they are able to use Zoom on their own. The week of the workshop, students will be emailed a link that they may click to enter the test session and the class.

+ REQUIRED EQUIPMENT A reliable, fast internet connection (broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE), speakers & a microphone (built-in or USB plug-in), and a webcam (built-in or USB plug-in).

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April 30, 2022
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT




Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance