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The Longest Poem: Writing with the Mahabharata

All Levels | In these apocalyptic times, questions of mortality, truth, and ethics are on all our minds. Fortunately, there’s an ancient precedent to turn to — the world’s longest poem, the Mahabharata. Lyrical, engaging, and loaded with wisdom, the Mahabharata can invigorate anyone’s writing practice. In this part-generative, part-analytical class, we’ll examine key concepts from this great work. Then we’ll create our own inspired pieces. No prior knowledge required.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Shankar Narayan

Class Type: 8 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 10/15/2020

No Class On: 11/26/2020

End Date: 12/10/2020

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

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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