The Adirondack Center for Writing has announced a new series of workshops designed for teens by professional performance poets and educators. The workshops are online, free, and open to all teen writers.
Scheduled workshops include:
Emotional Historians with Jon Sands on December 15th, from 7 to 9 pm. In this workshop, Jon Sands will talk about how to create multi-dimensional and layered poems, and construct poems that acknowledge a complicated and dynamic world. Jon Sands is a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected for his second book, It’s Not Magic. His work has been featured in the New York Times, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry. He teaches at Brooklyn College, Urban Word NYC, and for over a decade has facilitated a weekly writing workshop for adults at Baily House, an HIV/AIDS service center in East Harlem. He tours extensively as a poet, but lives in Brooklyn.
It’s Your Poem, You Can Cry If You Want To! with Roya Marsh on December 22nd from 7 to 9 pm. This workshop is heavily based on respective emotional and historical experiences, and using poetry as a way to take risks and challenge one’s self to be courageous and brave. Bronx, New York native, Roya Marsh, is a poet/performer/educator/activist. She is the Poet in Residence with Urban Word NYC and works toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy. Roya’s work has been featured in Poetry Magazine, Flypaper Magazine, Frontier Poetry, Nylon Magazine, the Village Voice, Huffington Post, Blavity, The Root, Button Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital, Lexus Verses and Flow, NBC, BET and the Breakbeat Poets Black Girl Magic Anthology (Haymarket, 2018). This workshop is suitable for all writing levels.
Chasing the Image with José Olivarez on December 29th from 7 to 9 pm. In this workshop, José Olivarez will examine metaphors in poems by Natalie Diaz, Ada Limón, and Aracelis Girmay. José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
All workshops are free, and will be held via Zoom. Registration is required.
More information can be found on the Adirondack Center for Writing website.