Reading Queer
“Diving Deeper into Show Don’t Tell” with Richard Blanco & Reading Queer
DATE: JUNE 23rd, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
COST: ALWAYS FREE. Donations appreciated. Donate here

Richard Blanco is a historic presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher, memoirist, and one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a free two-hour workshop mentored by Richard Blanco and presented as part of Out in the Tropics 2018 in partnership with Reading Queer on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.


“Show Don’t Tell” is a principal used in various kinds of texts to allow the reader to experience the story through action, words, thoughts, senses, and feelings rather than through the author’s exposition, summarization, and description. While this technique is familiar and often applied instinctually, Richard Blanco will examine how it truly works and why, in order to gain a stronger, more purposeful command of it.

By thinking about the relationship between the physical, tangible landscapes that we “show” and what they “tell” or convey about the intangible emotional landscapes at the heart of a poem, participants will be guided to explore the dynamics between poet, poem, and reader, and will be able to apply these discoveries by drafting poems grounded in place and time.

This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend and participate in the workshop. RSVP HERE

Please note this event is followed by a free public reading at 4:00 PM same venue and date, please RSVP HERE





Reading Queer: Poetry In A Time of Chaos

Reading Queer: Poetry In A Time of Chaos (Anhinga Press, 2018) brings fifty LGBTQ poets together in the spirit and solidarity of poetry at its finest and fiercest. Edited by Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton, Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos is vulnerable, sexy, heartbreaking, revolutionary. It’s poetry that pushes against and beyond boundaries in both form and content. Purchase here!

Reading Queer: Poetry In A Time of Chaos (Anhinga Press, 2018).

Featuring: Thalo Kersey, Aaron Smith, Bryan Borland, Caridad Moro-Fronlier, Cathleen Chambless, Celeste Gainey, cin salach, Collin Kelley, Eduardo C. Corral, Elizabeth Bradfield, Ellen Bass, Farah Milagros Yamini, Gem Blackthorn, Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, Gregg Shapiro, Holly Iglesias, James Allen Hall, Jan Becker, Jason Schneiderman, Jen Benka, Jim Elledge, JV Portela, Joseph O. Legaspi, JP Howard, Julie Marie Wade, Julie R. Enzer, Justin Torres, Kevin Simmonds, L. Lamar Wilson, Lori Anderson, Megan Volpert, Meredith Camel, Phillip B. Williams, Qwo-Li Driskill, Ruben Quesada, sam sax, Samiya Bashir, Samuel Ace, Seth Pennington, Shane Allison, Stacey Waite, Stephanie Lane Sutton, Stephen S. Mills, Tara Burke, Ching-In Chen, Nicholas Wong, tc tolbert and Valerie Wetlaufer.

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