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Out of the Blue, a Meteorite: Writing with South Asian Bhakti Poetry

All Levels | South Asian bhakti poetry has been described as “the breath-catching moment when self speaks to self more directly than you ever thought possible.” This centuries-old movement of devotional poetry finds the divine in the beloved, resulting in some of the most ecstatic words ever written. In this part-generative, part-analytical course, we’ll examine the diverse voices of centuries of bhakts of all genders and spark our own thrilling, electric pieces. All levels and genres welcome—come ready to write!

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.

Instructor: Shankar Narayan

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Spring 2021

Start Date: 04/06/2021

End Date: 05/11/2021

Days of the Week: Tuesday

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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