FEATURED RESIDENT POET- Quraysh Lansana
$7 ($5 members)
Doors open at 7:30p
LIVING ARTS ANNOUNCES OUR FIRST FEATURED RESIDENT POET: QURAYSH ALI LANSANA
Lansana’s work has been published widely in journals and magazines across the country and internationally, including Callaloo, American Poetry Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. He is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing from 2002 to 2011.
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Workshop #1: Verse Journalism (teens)
MON, MAY 5, 7-9p, NO CHARGE
Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks proposed we localize the news of the day one clipping at a time. In Report from Part One, the first of her two-volume autobiography, Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks named her construct “verse journalism,” and defined it as “poet as fly on the wall…poet as all-seeing eye.” As Ms. Brooks taught, poetry can function as a vehicle to access a more robust, more human investigation of news and events. With the benefit of poetic license, verse journalism provides poets the opportunity to explore a topic from the inside out. But unlike traditional journalism, this construct leaves room for emotion, creative imaginings, and nuanced opinion.
Workshop #2: Stretching Exercises: A Poetry Intensive
THURS, MAY 8, 7-9p, $7 ($5 for Members)
National Book Award winning poet Reginald Gibbons said "Athletes stretch. Poets should stretch, too. We should present ourselves aesthetic hurdles to jump over or obstacles to move around." Participants will explore various approaches to furthering works in progress, in addition to engaging in exercises to generate new ideas. Participants are required to bring four copies of two poems in progress for workshop.
WE SUPPORT ARTISTS WHO USE WORDS AS THEIR MEDIUM
Both Slam-based poetry as well as readings of more experimental poetry have been supported by Living Arts for 40 years. There are two categories of Spoken Word: Audiences over 50 people and under 50. Events like: The Living Arts Poetry Slam, Love & Lust and Earth Rhythms, have established themselves while five other curated Spoken Word events are still gathering steam.
The group also coordinates a periodic Living Arts Chapbook that is sold to help promote Spoken Word in Tulsa. It fulfills our mission by helping present contemporary art in youth and adults.
Grant Jenkins is Chair of the Spoken Word Committee. Poets wishing to present their work should contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANT MATTHEW JENKINS, Associate Professor of English and Director of African American Studies, teaches contemporary literature, theory, and creative writing at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of Poetic Obligation: Ethics in Experimental American Poetry after 1945 (U of Iowa Press, 2008) and has published two books of poetry, Joy of God and Other Series (Blackbird, 2003) and Morphs (Cracked Slab, 2009) with Cheryl Pallant.