Spoken Word Workshop: The Presence of Absence

What haunts you? What negative space shapes you? What have you lost that lives forever? In this generative writing workshop, we will engage the empty spaces left behind by a loss by thinking of loss on a historical and a personal level, and exploring some forms (palindrome, ghazal, among others) to serve as a vessel for resurrecting what is gone. We will explore what Mahmoud Darwish calls “the presence of absence,” and read work by Nate Marshall, Aracelis Girmay, and Warsan Shire, among others. Facilitated by poet Safia Elhillo. Sponsored by SpeakFree.
Schapiro 241, 9-10:30 am
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