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I’ve Drunk Your Poisoned Nectar: Writing with the Goddess

All Levels | More ancient and powerful than Shiva or Vishnu, the Goddess in Hindu mythology provides the energy that animates all of creation. Whether known as Shakti, Durga, Kali, Uma, or by her thousands of other names, she slays demons amid oceans of gore, enacts cosmic transformations, masters death, dispenses compassion, and is mother to the entire universe. In this part-generative, part-analytical class, we’ll take a deep dive into this rich mythology, deepening our understanding of the Goddess’s many aspects, and write our own Shakti-animated pieces. Come ready to write!

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Shankar Narayan

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 09/30/2021

End Date: 11/18/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Shankar Narayan

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Fellow at Kundiman and at Hugo House, and winner of prizes from Flyway and Paper Nautilus. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. His work has appeared in Jaggery, Panoply, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, The Litfuse Anthology, WA 129 (a collection of Washington state poems curated by Poet Laureate Tod Marshall), and many other publications. Shankar is a recent 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi.

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