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All the Tambourines: Celebration & Ode as Lens of Possibility with Angel Nafis
Oct 11, 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(NOTE: Skipping October 18th)
This workshop will focus on the form components and potential of the ode. Participants will explore the ode as a form in it’s traditional gestures of praise for the beloved, the divine and nature, but too, they will be asked to look at the possibilities of the “un-odable” or the praise of the unconventional, the ordinary and the down right detestable. This workshop will seek to examine the endless permutations of the ode and the form’s duty first and foremost to the possibility of multiple lenses. Relevant texts utilized in the workshop will include but are not limited to, Pablo Neruda, Rainer Maria Rilke, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Shira Erlichman, Ross Gay, Maggie Nelson, Rachel Eliza Griffths and more.
Angel Nafis is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is a recipient of the Millay Colony residency and a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, The BreakBeat Poets Anthology, MUZZLE Magazine, The Rumpus, Poetry Magazine and more. She has represented NYC at both the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the Greenlight Poetry Salon. She is the author of BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard / New School Poetics, 2012). With poet Morgan Parker she is The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo. She earned her BA at Hunter College and is an MFA candidate in poetry at Warren Wilson College. Facilitating writing workshops and reading poems globally, she lives in Brooklyn with artist, writer, and musician Shira Erlichman.