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All That Cages

Consider the power-pulleys of the world system and how they impact humanity—and poetry. What to write, how to write it, whose voice, what experience, what approach? We’ll look to writers like Milosz, Levertov, Ginsberg, Gimenez-Smith, Ali, Tretheway, Lim, and Hedge-Coke, as well as visual artists, dancers, and performance ensembles for inspiration. Experimentation is key. I invite you to explode all that cages—to explore new material, new ideas, new entries into yourself, your text, and your vision of life for others in crisis. We will speak of our appreciations for each work, our new insights, and the delicacies within the texts. Everyone is a unique artist.

Instructor: Juan Felipe Herrera

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 11/23/2019

End Date: 11/24/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and is the first Latino to hold the position. From 2012-2014, Herrera served as California State Poet Laureate. Herrera’s many collections of poetry include Notes on the Assemblage; Senegal Taxi; Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems, a recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross The Border: Undocuments 1971-2007. He is also the author of Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse, which received the Americas Award. His books of prose for children include: SkateFate, Calling The Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award; Upside Down Boy, which was adapted into a musical for young audiences in New York City; and Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box. His book Jabberwalking, a children’s book focused on turning your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry, is forthcoming in 2018. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.

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