In this two-hour workshop, participants will explore the power of their family connections to civic engagement, and use their personal heritages as sources from which to create new works that weave a new voice and presence into their lineages. Before we gather, participants will research their heritage and family history, locating primary source documents from their ancestors’ written histories, including: journals or diaries, newspaper articles (example: an article covering an issue that might have impacted your family), court documents, yearbook quotes or letters. These documents can also be fairly recent, like an email from ten years ago. Then, participants will be instructed in the art of making a blackout poem or found poem using these documents. The poet W.S. Merwin’s personal archive and documented history as an environmental activist will serve as an example. Each participant will leave the workshop with an original poem sourced from their personal heritage of civic engagement. You have any questions for this workshop, please feel free to reach out to Sara Tekula.
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