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.
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2016 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Washington, DC, in 2017 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
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Check the blog throughout our trip. We will be posting & sharing our poetry adventures with students from South Korea, Japan and the United States.
For the fourth time, the largest poetry event in North America comes to New Jersey’s largest city when the 30th Anniversary Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival return to Newark from Thursday October 20th through Sunday October 23rd, 2016. For four days Newark’s vibrant downtown Arts District will be transformed into a poetry village featuring some of our most celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists.
“Sunday Kind of Love” is a monthly open mic that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation.
Affrilachian Poets: 25 Years of Redefining Appalachia. (Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Ricardo Nazario Colon, Ellen Hagan, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Keith Wilson) Central to the purpose of the Affrilachian Poets is redefining what it means to be from Appalachia. To that extent it has members from the 13 states found within the Appalachian region. This panel explores notions of place and culture within the group celebrating its 25th anniversary and allies it has made along the way.
Brave New Voices. (Bao-Long Chu, James Kass, Alise Alousi, Ellen Hagan, Deborah Mouton)
Performance poetry inspires diverse youth populations to produce dynamic writing influenced by rap, hip hop, popular culture, and oral cultures.Today spoken word and written word poetries share more in common than they once did. Panelists will explore the socio-political history of spoken word, the complexities unique to teaching performance poetry in schools and communities, and expanding opportunities for young performance poets, including slam competitions and Youth Poet Laureate programs.
Detals TBD - more info soon
Hemisphere: Mapping the Body
This emerging poetry workshop will focus on the roles & bodies of women--the way we split & break into other halves/ parts of ourselves. Our bodies will become poems, stories & maps of our lives.
Cost: $25 (includes a copy of Hemisphere by Ellen Hagan
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The Wild Fig Presents: Writing Workshop
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726 North Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
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Reading in solidarity with #BlackPoetsSpeakOut
Details TBD & will post soon
ConjureWoman reading with Kelly Norman Ellis & Parneshia Jones