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A Poetic Envisioning of Our Collective Future

March 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until April 18, 2021

In this 8-week series, we will dare to dream of a world not saturated with white supremacy, anti-blackness, patriarchy, and imperialism. Together, we will co-create visions for our communities where dominance is not the basis for our interactions. If we are to move beyond our current oppressive dynamics, we must use our imagination and creativity. Employing literary devices, such as metaphor, imagery, rhyme & rhythm, alliteration, enjambment, poetic form, and repetition, we will craft poems that speak to our collective liberation.

Arundhati Roy says, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” In this class, we will build upon that and come closer to discovering this world.For inspiration, we will look at poetry from June Jordan, Natalie Diaz, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Jenise Miller, Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Lucille Clifton, Danez Smith, among others.Each class will have two short writing periods, so please bring something to write with and on. You will have the option to receive feedback on the work you generate in the class.

The first class will be on Wednesday, March 3rd at 5pm.

The next seven classes will be on Sundays at 5 pm: March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, and April 18. If you cannot attend all of them, that’s okay, but please try to attend at least five classes. All skill levels welcome. BIPOC strongly encouraged to attend. Registration is capped at 25 people, so if you end up not being able to make it after all, please cancel your ticket on the Eventbrite platform so that we can release your spot to someone on the waitlist.

The workshop will culminate with a reading and possible inclusion in an anthology from the Los Angeles Poet Society Press. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the class instructor, Karo Ska at karooskaa@gmail.com.

Karo Ska (she/they) is a South Asian & Eastern European non-binary femme, migrant poet, living on occupied Tongva Land with their black cat muse. Anti-capitalist & anti-authoritarian, they find joy where they can. Their first chapbook, “gathering grandmothers’ bones” was released on February 29th, 2020. Some of their other work resides in Dryland Lit, Resurrection Magazine, the Intercultural Press, Ayaskala Magazine, and Marías at Sampaguitas. They are currently enrolled in Community Literature Initiative’s Poetry Publishing Class and will be coming out with a full-length poetry collection soon. They are a three-time 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. For updates, follow them on instagram @karoo_skaa or check out their website karoska.com.


March 28
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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