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The Art of Allusion

In this workshop we will look into the idea that poetry doesn’t always require logical connections in order to “make sense.” By using concrete language and side-stepping the abstract we will explore how to use surrealism and “magic” to create brilliant allusion-ary imagery. You will learn to expand the use of metaphor and create surprising connections through a series of exercises and writing games designed around grounding the “abstract” in the physical world. This workshop is for writers who are looking for new ways to “show” their ideas on page and expand their imagistic style. THE ART OF ALLUSION is intended for all skill levels.

Instructor: Matt Gano

Grade: 8-10

Location: Online

Duration: 2 session

Start Date: 12/05/2020

End Date: 12/12/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Matt Gano

Matt Gano is a Seattle based poet, MC, and Teaching Artist currently writing, recording, and performing
as, “ENTENDRES.” He is author of “Suits for the Swarm,” a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and was the principle bricklayer/Program Director of Abbey Arts' NEXT STAGE program - a career training program
for emerging artists. He works as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures: Writers in the Schools program, and as a guest teaching artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation.

Gano made waves nationally as a spoken
word poet and Slam champion in the early 2000’s while representing Seattle multiple years at the National Poetry Slam. With a voice rooted in and born of 90’s hiphop, Gano studied and built his craft in a rising era of the Seattle poetry and hiphop scene. Performing
and writing alongside poets, Anis Mojgani, Buddy Wakefield, Tara Hardy, Iyeoka Okoawo, and many others, he completed multiple tours across the United States as a featured artist performing poetry on some of the world’s most legendary stages.

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