Zoom Out & Dig It All! Finding Poetry in Our On- and Offline Lives with Award-winning Poet Urayoán Noel
October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT$140
Thursdays, 10/28, 11/4, 11 & 18; 6:30-8:00pm (CST)
Instructor: Award-winning Poet Urayoán Noel
Nonmember:$140 Member: $120 Student: $75
This four-week generative workshop aims to encourage all us “Zoom’ed out” poets to zoom out in another sense: to embrace a broader view of what poetry can be on the page, the screen, and beyond. The workshop assumes that we don’t have to choose between print and digital (we can dig it all!), and that we can grow, innovate, and heal by bringing our writing closer to our everyday lives. For inspiration, we will examine work by a range of poets (artists’ books, smartphone poetry, hybrid forms of storytelling and collaboration), with special attention to diasporic and border-crossing poets whose work stresses the complex intersections of embodied space, writing, and technologies. We will work with 1-2 prompts per week, with the option to keep generating new pieces or to experiment with and reimagine existing ones. Our focus will be on solo work, but we will also try to daydream collaborative projects beyond market expectations of an atomized productivity.
Urayoán Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Transversal (University of Arizona Press), which is also circulating on Twitter (@TransversalBot). His other books include In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press), winner of the LASA Latino Studies Book Award, and a bilingual edition of Chilean poet Pablo de Rokha, Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry (Shearsman Books), which was a finalist for the National Translation Award. Noel’s more recent intermedia work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and published in the New York Times, World Literature Today, and on his vlog, Wokitokiteki. Originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel lives in the Bronx and teaches at NYU.