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All Levels | This class explores two of the most popular South Asian poetic and musical forms. Ghazals will need no introduction to most—but while there has been much analysis of the ghazal’s evolution in English, how the ghazal works as popular art is less accessible to Western writers. Qawwalis, on the other hand, are a form of Sufi devotional music whose purpose is to evoke oneness with the divine. We’ll listen to versions of ghazals and qawwalis, read translations, consider what makes these forms work, and create our own new works alongside this incredibly powerful music and verse. Come ready to write.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Class Type: 2 SessionsPoetry
Term: Winter 2020
Start Date: 02/08/2020
End Date: 02/15/2020
Days of the Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PST
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.