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All Levels | What is poetry as social action? We’ll read and discuss works by poets of diverse backgrounds, heavily BIPOC, challenging the “canon” and forging the path for other writers. We’ll discuss poetry from the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, poems about immigration, poetry by Native American and Pacific Islander writers, and more; then we’ll write poems inspired by the readings. Poets may include Lucille Clifton, Haunani Kay-Trask, Patricia Smith, Heid Erdrich, Barbara Reyes, Ocean Vuong, and others.
This class takes place on Wet Ink, and sessions can be done at your own pace throughout the week.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 6 SessionsOnline, Poetry
Term: Spring 2021
Start Date: 04/20/2021
End Date: 05/25/2021
Days of the Week: None...
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 20
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Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer based in Oakland, CA whose mission is to create, and help others create, poetic and theatrical writing about race, gender and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014) was a Finalist for the WILLA Award 2015 and her plays A HISTORY OF THE BODY and TINY FIRES were Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2015 and 2016. A YBCAway awardee and Spirited Woman Fellow (AROHO), her theater and performance work has been presented nationally and staged at Berkeley Repertory Theater, CounterPULSE, the World Theater and Bindlestiff Studio and selected for PlayGround, United States of Asian America Festival, Emerging Performance Festival, The National One-Minute Play Festival, Utah Arts Festival, and APAture; she collaborated as a writer-performer with Deep Waters Dance Theater in 2007-2011 and with other groups such as the San Francisco State University University Dance Theater. She is a 4th season member of the Playground SF Writer's Pool at Berkeley Repertory Theater. An advocate for arts education, she has taught composition at Bay Area Colleges and Universities since 2006 and has offered workshops and coaching in creative writing since 2003. www.aimeesuzara.net