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“Poetry is experiencing a renaissance in the amount of diverse representation that exists, and it’s something to cherish and learn from,” says instructor Alan Chazaro. “As a Mexican American millennial myself, I have been thrilled to read poets like Sonia Sanchez, Martin Espada, and David Tomas Martinez who are at the forefront of shaping what the Latinx community has to say about living in the modern world.”
Through select readings, discussions, and writing exercises in this 3-week online class, we will survey the landscape of Latinx writers as a way to inform our own sense of who we are and where we come from. In using this cultural mirror, we will have the opportunity to learn about wide-ranging experiences, as well as sharpen our literary awareness about poetic form, imagery, symbolism, and voice. Participants will be given a rich and authentic space to read and discuss poems, and we will engage with thematic topics by writing our own short poems in response.
Alan says, “From food, to love, to religion, and more, we will use universal frameworks to ask questions, read deeply, and share who we are.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan Chazaro is the author of This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and Piñata Theory (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). He is a graduate of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley and a former Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow at the University of San Francisco. He is currently a creative writing adjunct professor in the Bay Area, and the co-founding editor at HeadFake. Find him on Twitter @alan_chazaro.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, June 05, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, June 12, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, June 19, 10:30am-1:00pm