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The Fire That Does Not Burn: Writing with Shiva

All Levels | “Atop the snow-capped mountain, skull in hand … destroying the world with his indifference.” Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, has fascinated generations of writers because he straddles so many divides — ascetic and householder, spiritualist and materialist, preserver and destroyer. In this multi-genre, part-generative, part-analytical class, we’ll turn to key texts and episodes from the mythology of this fascinating god, and use them to fuel our own burning pieces. No prior knowledge required — but come ready to engage and 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.

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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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Start Date: 01/16/2021

No Class On: 2/13/2021

End Date: 03/13/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

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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