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What does it look like when we build our own mythologies? Maybe yours is a mythology of mix tapes, or maybe you’ve learned from mermaid stories or ghosts. In this class, we will discover our own origin stories, explore our personal mythologies, and list the things we use to define ourselves. We will take a look at poets who have spun their personal mythologies into art, such as Hannah Sanghee Park, Natalie Diaz, Matthew Dickman and Donika Kelly, discuss some of their techniques, and draft a poem or two of our own.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Sasha LaPointe is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribes. Native to the Pacific Northwest she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city. She writes with a focus on trauma and resilience, ranging topics from PTSD, sexual violence, the work her great grandmother did for the Lushootseed language revitalization, to loud basement punk shows and what it means to grow up mixed heritage. With strange obsessions revolving around Twin Peaks, the Seattle music scene, and Coast Salish Salmon Ceremonies, Sasha explores her own truth of indigenous identity in the Coast Salish territory. Sasha holds a double MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in creative nonfiction and poetry.
Her memoir Red Paint is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press.
Her collection of poetry, Rose Quartz will be published by Milkweed.