Reading Queer Presents “Anything Else Under Heave: A Writing Workshop” with poet Mia S. Willis
Description: Poetry frequently offers glimpses of Black and queer joy in times of societal turmoil and uncertainty. As Black creators become increasingly essential to local and national movements for change, participants in this workshop will encounter the bop poetry form created by Afaa Michael Weaver at the Cave Canem Foundation Retreat in 1997. Attendees will be guided through formal analyses of notable bop poems before conducting their own session-exclusive experiments so as to render both grief and joy in their respective complexities.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anything-else-under-heaven-a-writing-workshop-tickets-121987697487
Mia S. Willis is a Black performance poet from Charlotte, North Carolina. Their work has been featured in Homology Lit, The New Southern Fugitives, Narrative Northeast, Recenter Press Poetry Journal, Slamfind, and others. In 2019, Mia was named the first two-time Capturing Fire Slam Champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the Young Artist Fellow at Chashama’s ChaNorth residency, a collaborator in Forward Together’s Transgender Day of Resilience Art Project, and a performing artist on RADAR Productions’ Sister Spit 2020 Tour. Their debut poetry collection, monster house., was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available with Jai-Alai Books. Connect with Mia on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram (@poetinthehat).
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Description: Join Reading Queer & Lutze Segu for a Zoom-based creative writing workshop that re-imagines queer futures through the lens of crisis, social justice, and resilience. This generative writing workshop is open to the community and allies, as well as writers, thinkers and scholars.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crisis-creation-covid-re-writing-queer-futures-tickets-127645909351
About Lutze Segu: I am a first-generation Haitian-American who was born and raised in Miami, FL which is the ancestral and traditional lands of the Seminole, Miccosukee, and Tequesta nations. My parents are fugees who fled the island of Haiti in the 80s looking for a life that had more dignity and opportunity. I am the proud product of the Miami-Dade County Public School System and graduate of Florida Memorial University the only HBCU (Historically Black College/University) in Miami. My different roles as an activist, social worker, organizer, and racial justice facilitator have all collided in a beautiful role I am now describing as a social justice doula. I am currently a doctoral student in the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where I study Gender, Race Sexuality, and Social Justice.
I have been theorizing on the internet for the past 10 years as a public intellectual and cultural critic on issues concerning race and feminism @FeministGriote on Twitter. Griot is a West African term for a storyteller. I create space for people to tell their stories and hear the stories of others so that they can be transformed. Social justice is my civic spiritual practice.
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