Anything Else Under Heaven
Six Wednesays: July 8 to August 12, 2020, 6pm EST
Sessions are 90 minutes in length
A generative and writing exchange workshop in poetry
Baldwin is often remembered for the ways his literary work excavated Black and queer joy in times of societal turmoil and uncertainty. As Black creators become increasingly essential in our current age of urgency, participants in this six week workshop will encounter poetry forms created by and for Black people in order to render a particular emotion or circumstance. Poets will be guided through formal analyses of Black poetry forms and conduct their own session-exclusive formal experiments in an effort to exhume grief and cultivate joy in their various dimensions.
Mia S. Willis is a Black non-binary performance poet and history educator from Charlotte, North Carolina. Their work has been featured in homology lit, The VIDA Review, Narrative Northeast, Recenter Press Poetry Journal, and others. In 2019, Mia was named the first two-time Capturing Fire Slam Champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the Young Artist Fellow at Chashama’s ChaNorth residency, a collaborator in Forward Together’s Transgender Day of Resilience Art Project, and a performing artist on RADAR Productions’ Sister Spit 2020 Tour. Their debut poetry collection, monster house, was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available with Jai-Alai Books.
Mia served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Classics at the Florida State University. Since their departure from academia in May 2019, Mia has been organizing youth volunteer opportunities and educating high school students on historical topics and trends relevant to the American South as the Volunteer and Intern Services Associate at the Atlanta History Center. They also have self-directed teaching experience outside the classroom, as they have led community writing workshops with Curate, an Atlanta-based writing collective, on such topics as the kwansaba poetic form and the use of the imperative voice in poetry.
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