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Write Here, Write Now: Revolutionary Poetry with Fargo Tbakhi

Date(s): Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Human Rights, Poetry, Social Justice, Social Practice
Cost: $8

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About this Event

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, Write Here, Write Now is a pop-up workshop the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013)

This month: Revolutionary Poetry with Fargo Tbakhi

In her poem, “The Master’s House,” luminary poet Solmaz Sharif's writes the lines: "To eye the master's bone china / to pour diuretic in his coffee and think this / erosive to the state." While diuretic in the coffee might not erode the state, perhaps poetry might. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways that poetry can work against states and their violence; how we might mold our poetics into bricks. Looking at work from poets like Solmaz Sharif, Sean Bonney, Dareen Tatour, Wendy Trevino, Amiri Baraka, and others, we’ll identify poetic strategies for working against the state, which we’ll use as the basis for in-class writing exercises and generative prompts. By the end of the workshop, participants will leave with new, original poems to continue working on at home, and concrete techniques for engaging in social issues, and a deeper understanding of the political power of poetry.

About the Author

Photograph of Fargo Tbakhi

Fargo Tbakhi (he/him) is a queer Palestinian-american writer and performer from Phoenix, Arizona. He is the winner of the 2018 Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship and the 2017 Kristin Valentine Scholarship in Performance Studies. He is a Pushcart nominee, and his work can be found in Cotton Xenomorph, Mizna, Cosmonauts Avenue, Glass: a Journal of Poetry, Peach Mag, and elsewhere.

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