The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.


When the Muse is Muscle and Memory with Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: 
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Type(s): 
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Mixed Genre
Tags: Memory, The Body

About the Session

Our bodies are vessels for storytelling. Our eyes whisper truth, our lungs scream sorrow, our feet voyage between the past and the present. This generative writing session, led by Peggy Robles-Alvarado and open to all genres and writing levels, pulls at the memories we carry in our bodies and calls on the muse that lives in our muscles, freckles, bones, and scars. Through visual and written prompts as well as excerpts from mentor texts and performance poetry, that blemish on your chin, the stretchmark on your hip, the beauty mark over your belly button become personified and insist on telling their side of the story.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Peggy Robles-Alvarado

Peggy Robles- Alvarado is Pushcart Prize nominee, a CantoMundo fellow, Academy for Teachers and Home School fellow and a five-time International Latino Book Award winner.  This tenured educator, with M.A.Ed. degrees in elementary and bilingual education and an MFA in Performance Studies is the author of Conversations with My Skin (2011) and Homage to the Warrior Women (2012). Through Robleswrites Productions, she curated The Abuela Stories Project (2016) and Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement and The Muse (2017). As an initiated priestess in the Lukumi and Palo spiritual systems, this BRIO award-winning performance poet uses rhythmic, raw- truth energy to celebrate womanhood and honor cultural rituals. She’s been featured on HBO Habla Women, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Black Spirit Solstice Summit, Poets & Writers, and The BADD!ASS Women Festival. Robles-Alvarado also directed sold-out performances of her latest anthology and the poetic play Live Big Girl. For more information visit Robleswrites.com.