Free Ekphrastic Writing Workshop w/ Raina León!

August 10, 2019

August 11, 2019

2:00 pm To 4:00 pm

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Event Description

What can we learn from Beyonce, a mushroom, the human body, and an art exhibition?  How do we “read the world” and learn to write alongside it?  In this free workshop, artists and writers are invited to radically imagine a new arts activism that draws on multiple ways of knowing, lineages, histories, and interrelationship between the natural world and an artistic expression of balance and connection.  Together we will explore ekphrasis, writing in response to art, in relationship to works of art collected in A NonHuman Horizon that help illuminate the relationship between environmental politics, anthropocentric thinking, and racialized experience. This workshop will be led by award-winning poet Raina León, and focus on California poets. We will reference the work of Aurora Levins Morales, Camille Dungy, Barbara Jane Reyes, among others, that will lead us into observation, discussion, creation, and a community project. A selection of readings below:


·      Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements:  A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

·      Selections from The Way We Lived:  California Indian Stories, Songs, and Reminiscences, edited by Malcom Margolin

·      adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy

·      Selections from Black Nature, edited by Camille Dungy

·      “The Bees” by Audre Lord

·      “What a Snakehead Discovered in a Maryland Pond and a Poet in Corporate America Have in Common” by Kamilah Aisha Moon

·      “Requiem for a Nest” by Wanda Coleman

·      “Ecology is everything” by Aurora Levins Morales from Medicine Stories

·       “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” by Audre Lorde in This Bridge Called My Back:  Writings by Radical Women of Color

·      Christopher Arigo, “Notes Toward an Ecopoetics:  Revising the Postmodern Sublime and Juliana Spahr’s This Connection of Everyone with Lungs”

·      “How I learned to walk” by Javier Zamora

·      “Saguaros” by Javier Zamora

·      A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson


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