In an era noted for its highly charged politics, New York poet, teacher, editor, activist, and poet melissa christine goodrum is offering a workshop, “Speaking Out: Art as Political Resistance.”
“It is the poet’s job to honestly depict, narrate and reflect on the beliefs, dreams, tragedies, fears and great achievements of humanity,” Goodrum said recently. Participants will study contemporary poets such as Rosa Alcala, Tyehimba Jess and Tracy K. Smith to identify structures and poetic devices they can use to write their own political poems.
Recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Goodrum has seen her poetry published in The New York Quarterly, The Torch, The Tiny, Rhapsoidia, canwehaveourballback?, Transmission, a chapbook by Other Rooms Press, and Bowery Women: Poems, an anthology. She teaches creative writing in the New York City public school system, and has performed and offered writing workshops in Blue Hill during the George Stevens Academy Arts Festival.
Registration required - limited to 12 participants. Contact Blue Hill Books, 207/374-5632, 26 Pleasant Street, Blue Hill. They accept cash, checks, or credit cards for the $25 registration fee. More information can be found here.