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Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language. 

–Lucille Clifton

“Too often the voice and craft of BIPOC authors are overlooked when studying poetry,” says instructor Thea Matthews. “Enough! In order to be a more effective writer, a poet, one must be aware of the diverse voice and craft of non-white authors. And to grow, one must release the grip of white supremacy, especially in the literary arts world. Therefore this class is vital and timely for each writer will have the opportunity to further elevate their craft based on how we will engage with American poetry of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”

In this 5-week class, students will get to re/define their personal canon of poets from diverse backgrounds that inspire and influence their work. Starting first with twentieth century poets such as Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks, then moving on to poets of today, including Jericho Brown, Tina Chang, and Natalie Diaz, we will read BIPOC poets’ work, discuss their craft, meditate on form, and apply poetic devices in our own writing. Students will have the opportunity to practice the duplex, the sonnet, and generate new forms while cultivating a new relationship with rhyme and repetition. Each class will hold a generative writing time with prompts and exercises based on the reading. And, each student will get to have feedback opportunities from peers and the instructor, while working towards a portfolio of poems to deliver as their “final.”

“This 5-week class experience is great for beginners as well as seasoned writers who seek to enhance their craft, generate new work, or continue on preexisting literary projects,” says Thea. “By the end of five weeks, we will have a virtual reading to celebrate our time together.”

 

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 hello@writingsalons.com.

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Instructor
    Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Thea Matthews is a Brooklyn-based Black Indigenous Mexican author, poet, and educator. She attained her BA in Sociology at UC Berkeley, where she studied and taught June Jordan’s program, Poetry for the People, led by Aya de Leon. Her debut poetry collection, Unearth [The Flowers], was published in June 2020 by Red Light Lit Press and is listed as part of the Best Indie Poetry of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews. She has work in The New Republic, Atlanta Review, The Rumpus, and others. Currently, Thea Matthews is a MFA Poetry candidate at New York University.
Schedule
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 11, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 18, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 25, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 01, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 08, 10:30am-1:00pm

Details

Start:
Sun, July 11 @ 5:30 pm PDT
End:
Sun, August 8 @ 8:00 pm PDT
Cost:
$310
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Venue

Online (Synchronous)
Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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