As part of our “Conversations that Challenge: Poetry, Race, and Racism,” four writing workshops will be offered on Saturday, November 7th, at the Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford. Two workshops will be offered at 1:00 pm, and two at 2:00 pm.
Workshops at 1:00 pm:
- Kate Rushin: “People in Me: Poems Inspired by Women’s Words and Music”
- David Mills: “Blues by You: Using Your Blues to Generate Poems”
Workshops at 2:00 pm:
- Antoinette Brim: “Zuihitsu-ing the News: Poems and the Historical Record”
- Rickey Laurentiis: “Poetry and (Visual) Culture; Collapse the GaP Between!”
Admission is free. All workshops last 50 minutes.
Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press). He is a recipient of a 2014 fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.
Antoinette Brim is the author of two collections of poetry. She is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee.
Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups (Firebrand Books). She has held fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her poems appear in Raising Lily Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace and Sunken Garden Poetry. “My Lord What a Morning,” inspired by the contralto, Marion Anderson, was commissioned by The Arts and Ideas/ CT Freedom Trail Poetry Project. She has led workshops for CT Humanities, The Hartford History Center/ Hartford Public Library and The Mark Twain House.
David Mills is a writer and actor. For three years, he lived in Langston Hughes’ landmark home where he was inspired to create a one-person dramatic rendition of Hughes’ poems and short stories. He is the author of two collections of poetry: The Dream Detective, and The Sudden Country. Mills was commissioned to write a play for Julliard, the narration for Deborah Willis’ exhibition, “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers” and for I Giullari Di Piazza’s folkdance piece, “Tarantella.”