MAY 10th & 11th, 12 pm – 2 pm @ The Bakehouse Art Complex.
“IN DEFENSE OF FORGETTING” with Connie Mae Oliver is a 2-day workshop that will motivate writers to interpret and decode the expectations of preservationist traditions, via poetry exercises conducted in a workshop setting. The workshop will briefly incorporate color photography— we will use disposable cameras to photograph at a designated location, such as Wynwood or Mall Of The Americas. Participants will be asked to turn in their cameras in exchange for another’s. The developed prints will serve as a prompt for poems to be examined thereafter, with attention not to the images but to the retrieval of images not theirs. The workshop is loosely (if sleepily) geared towards the production of three complete (complete?) poems, each engaging, in one way or another, the “Past”, ”Present” and “Future”. Note: RQ will supply two disposable cameras for participants to share however participants are welcome to bring their own disposable cameras.
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, May 10th & 11th from 12 pm – 2 pm.
WHERE: Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127. Free street parking.
COST: *Pay what you can afford. Suggested donation: $20. Donate online here or in person on the day of the workshop. RSVP below.
*Pay what you can afford simply means pay what you can afford to attend a RQ workshops. If you choose to donate, note that your donation directly pays for RQ Writing Academy Teachers & keeps our workshops open to anyone regardless of their ability to pay.
CONNIE MAE OLIVER is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn’s poetry MFA and founding editor of the sensation feelings journal. She is an English Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College, and has served as a volunteer English instructor for The Prison University Project at San Quentin. Poems have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, CutBank Magazine, Anamesa, Jai-Alai, and Midway Journal. Work from a poem series titled Jesus The Beautiful Girl is forthcoming in La Vague Journal, and a painting titled Mädchen hält ein Handtuch und laufen neben einer Nonne mit einem Haufen von Blumen auf Ordensgewand will appear on the cover of Denver Quarterly. Her paintings and photographs are at: sensationfeelings.tumblr.com. She was born in Valencia, Venezuela.