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BCC: BrownHall Poetry Workshop
April 23, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm
As part of the BCC BrownHall Black Creative Collective’s Spring Residency, poet-activist Tessara Dudley will be facilitating a poetry workshop.
Class Description: Black survivors of violence often struggle to find spaces that welcome and affirm them, and struggle to express the feelings and pain that come from experiencing violence. In these workshops, we will explore the potential for catharsis in reading, writing, and sharing poetry. Participants will read poetry by Black poets such as Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Danez Smith, and Jericho Brown, discuss how they connect with the pieces, and write their own poetry. We will talk about form, language, content, and technique. At the end of the month, participants will get the chance to contribute to a poetry collection, which will be published and distributed by Mourning Glory Publishing. In May, we will hold a reading event to launch the book and celebrate the writers who participated in the workshop.
This Poetry Workshop series is part of BrownHall’s residency at the IPRC in Spring 2016. BCC: BrownHall is a Creative Collective of Black Artists in the Portland, OR area who are working to promote, build, sustain, and support a strong community based in creativity, love, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and getting shit done. In Spring of 2016 BCC: BrownHall (Black Creative Collective) will partner with the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) and community partners to develop a cultural renaissance initiative that celebrates Black art, Black voice, as well as Black contemporary art, material culture, and traditions within the city of Portland. This project focuses on the impact Black artists and cultural workers can have on the print and material culture of Portland. To encourage and promote stewardship in Black cultural narrative, space, and representation, this project will support the self-publishing of Black artists working in several mediums and through many tiers of development in forms that include comics, lyric booklets, essays, poetry, printed ephemera and events. As such, the BCC:BrownHall and IPRC partnership provides opportunities for Black artists to facilitate workshops, curate, showcase and celebrate their work in self-publishing projects.