Iron City Magazine + Poetry for the People Writing Workshop

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Iron City Magazine and Arizona State University's (ASU) Poetry for the People (P4P) present Future Present: A Workshop Series.

Poetry for the People's ASU MFA graduate student fellows are facilitating a free, 8-week poetry workshop for anyone who has been incarcerated and/or family and friends with a loved one who has been or currently is incarcerated. This will be an online workshop on Zoom. 

“What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say?” - Audre Lorde

How might the language we find and create together carry us toward more just and lively futures? In this 8-week workshop, we will explore the political possibilities of poetry, and imagine new ways of telling the stories we carry. Every week we will engage in rigorous study of craft and generative writing activities that will encourage risk-taking and precision of language. By the end of the workshop series, each poet will revise an original piece to be included in an anthology, submitted to Iron City Magazine, and performed at our final celebratory reading.

Saturdays 11am-12:30pm MST/PDT, 2-3:30pm EST, April 9-May 28

On Zoom. Please register by April 2 to receive the link for all workshops.

Open to formerly incarcerated people and family/friends of current/formerly incarcerated people. There are 30 workshop seats available on a first come, first serve basis. Facilitated by graduate students from the Arizona State University MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Directed by Assistant Professor Solmaz Sharif, Poetry for the People at ASU is a program modeled after the one founded by late poet, scholar, and activist June Jordan at UC Berkeley. Focused on poetry as a medium for telling the truth and building beloved community, the program offers an introductory poetry course for students at ASU, the opportunity for students to meet and work with established poets, and workshops and readings for the greater Phoenix metro area.

Solmaz Sharif
Saturdays, Apr. 9-May 7, 2022, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST/PDT
Free but registration required.

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