A Workshop in Poetry, Sound, and the Transformative Nature of Artistic Expression with Rashaad Thomas
Dates: Tuesdays, January 22 – February 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Forms: Hybrid, Poetry
Cost: $149 Regular, $119 Student
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About the Class
How do we approach the concept of the aural in our poetry? How does the creative process become a collective of both writing and hearing our own art? This course is designed to develop your creativity and fluency in identifying, writing, and reading toward an attuned awareness of beats, tone, voice, and sounds that find their way to the page; we will also discuss how these same utterances transform when read aloud by poet or reading audience. You will be asked to delve into a series of workshops triggered by writing prompts and assignments, as well as peer critiques of work produced in the course. You will engage with each other exploring artistic expression, writing and the revision process.
Through discussions and diving into each other’s poetry, you will reconsider what it means to achieve and transform perceptive and evocative work of art from the mind to the page. The hope being that this workshop will give you artistic time to create original literary works and share those works in a newly formed community of readers and writers. The course ultimately seeks to provide an understanding of the creative process as a means of discovery, exploration, and self-expression through human agency, language, and the power of sound.
About Rashaad Thomas
Rashaad Thomas is a USAF Veteran, essayist, poet, and Voices of Our Nation’s Art Foundation (VONA/Voices) alum, who resides in South Phoenix, AZ. He is an Associate Editor for Hayden Ferry Review. He is also a contributor for the University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog and MyClickUrban.com. Thomas is the recipient of the 2016 City of Phoenix Mayor’s Art Award for Language Artist. He is a Spring 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow and 2017 Hellen Ingram Plummer MacDowell Colony Fellow of the Year. His work can be found in the book Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong, The Rumpus, Heart Journal Online, Columbia Poetry Review, and others.