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Self-Love & Neocolonialism: A Poetry Workshop for Writers of Color

This all-level poetry workshop will look at the importance of self-love during neocolonialism. We will read from a wide range of contemporary poets of color, including Safia Elhillo, Michael Wasson, Ocean Vuong and Xandria Phillips, among others. We will look at bilingual text and innovative forms as acts of decolonization. We will write in free verse, generate new work and discuss redrafting techniques.

This class is FREE, and offered as part of an ARTISTS UP and Grant LAB award. Grant LAB is funded by the ARTISTS UP partnership comprised of 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Artist Trust.

If the class is full, please add your name to the waitlist, as we may expand capacity.

Please note that this class is for people of color.


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Instructor: Sarah Maria Medina

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 03/26/2017

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 25

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Sarah Maria Medina

Sarah Maria Medina is a poet and a fiction/creative non-fiction writer from the American Northwest. Her writing has been published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Midnight Breakfast, PANK, Split This Rock, Apogee, Raspa Literary Journal, and elsewhere. She is an ARTIST UP Grant LAB recipient for her poetry manuscript in progress Ochun's Daughter. She was a finalist in Indiana Review's 2015 Poetry Prize. She is also the poetry editor at Winter Tangerine. Medina is Boricua of mixed heritage and enrolled with The United Confederation of Taíno People. She is at work on several projects.

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