Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | for ages 13 and up | free of charge | registration required
Join the conversation with award-winning, bestselling author Renée Watson and writer/performer Ellen Hagan as they discuss their new YA novel Watch Us Rise.
Event Title: Revolutionary Voices: Harnessing the Power of Language
Scheduled Day: Friday, 3/29/19
Scheduled Time: 04:30:PM–05:45:PM
Scheduled Room: Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Join Affrilachian Poets Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Ellen Hagan, Randall Horton, Amanda Johnston, Shayla Lawson, and Frank X Walker for an evening of Fire & Desire in the library of Portland's notoriously historic "50 Shades of Grey" hotel.
Early attendees will receive a complimentary glass of wine.
Join Renée and fellow "Read Woke" panelists at the 2018 SLJ Leadership Summit. This year's theme is Own It! Making "Good Trouble," focusing on a range of related topics from critical thinking and teen activism to sustainability and tech equity. Visit SLJ's website for further details.
Location: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY 11201)
Join us for the Harlem release of ANOTHER WAY TO SAY ENTER by Amanda Johnston at the historic Langston Hughes House. Special guests Ellen Hagan and Rachel Eliza Griffiths will warm the space with readings to welcome this debut collection to NYC. Deep gratitude to the I, Too Arts Collective and Argus House Press for making this possible.
The Radical Act of Self-Care: Sustaining Yourself as a Leader
How as arts education leaders do we sustain ourselves mentally, physically, and creatively? This workshop will focus on the ways in which movement, writing, and visual art can be forms of personal and collective healing and renewal. Participants will leave with the understanding that self-care is a radical act. Sustaining yourself personally can help you cope with feelings of isolation, exhaustion, and overload that often come with the day-to-day responsibilities of leading an organization or team; heal from toxic environments; and generate hope in these uncertain times. We'll explore a variety of strategies and activities you can use in your own self practice and in your community environments (schools, organizations, homes, studios). Track: Leadership Development.
The festival will include readings and workshops by Patricia Smith and Li-Young Lee, and offer a series of scholarly and creative panels that explore the legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg or other American poets, who write in the same poetic tradition.
I’m Not Ready to Die Yet: Engaging the Past, Present, and Future with Our Youth
Artists: Ellen Hagan, David Flores
Scholar Respondents: Stephanie Troutman
As teaching artists, we are called to create art and build curricula that encourage our students to both engage with the current state of the world as well as disrupt the status quo through their own art and activism. In this session, we will share poems and art installation videos that address and respond to the murders of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Walter Scott, the historical context of white supremacy via the murder of Emmett Till and others, as well as the wide range of responses through protest and art. We will share community building techniques, pedagogical strategies, prompts and ideas for group art making in response to current events in relation to our history of racial oppression. We will discuss ways in which our young people begin to take ownership over studying, distilling and creating poetry as a dialogue and response to police brutality and racial profiling.
*Title from a poem by Aracelis Girmay
Young Writers’ Workshop
Ellen Hagan on Contemporary Poetry
In this ongoing series, young writers are invited to join notable authors in exploring different genres. In honor of National Poetry Month, poet, performer, and teacher Ellen Hagan will lead a discussion on contemporary poetry and teach participants how writers turn ideas into poems. Children will leave this workshop with a broad view of poetry and the inspiration and knowledge to craft their own poems.