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poetic justice

with Yolanda Wisher and Josh Adler
June 23 - 25th
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Schedule Overview:      

F - Welcoming, Text and Movement work. Choral exploration. Journaling.


SA - AM: Walking, writing, sitting prompts in different locations around Shantigar's forests and meadow.

        PM: A choral group action. Journaling.


SU - Walk about: Revisit a space from Saturday. Journaling.

                A closing promise.

Check-in starts promptly at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 23 and workshop ends at
4:00 PM on Sunday June 25. 

$480 for weekend.

Organic meals included.

Some onsite lodging available for $40+/night, and free tenting.

A workshop exploring low-tech techniques for sharing our voices in spirited, collaborative ways, and illuminating public spaces with literary language. 
     Escaping from the Ivory Tower of academia and elitism, poetry returns to its roots as a many-spouted vessel for the collective shout and cry.
      In this workshop we will:

  • Read, write, and perform poetry in the spirit of democracy we need today.

  • Explore official and unofficial poets laureate like Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, June Jordan, Bob Kaufman, and Ross Gay.

  • Discuss “the uses of poetry” in today’s social and political climate.

  • Find our own “people’s poetry” through playful solo and group writing through new, ancient, and cross-disciplinary techniques.

Yolanda Wisher, currently the 3rd Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, is author of Monk Eats an Afro and co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song. Wisher is a 2015 Pew Fellow and a 2016 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence. She holds an M.A in English/Creative Writing-Poetry from Temple University and a B.A. in English/Black Studies from Lafayette College. Wisher is founder/director of the Germantown Poetry Festival (2006-2010), was Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (2010-2015), and was Cultural and Chief Rhapsodist of Wherewithal for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (2014-2016).

Josh Adler was a poet-in-residence for the U.S. Dept. of Arts and Culture (2014-2016). He performs regularly at the NYC Poetry Festival. His journalism, essays, fiction, and poetry are published by Reality Sandwich, Narratively, The Rules, Shantigar Press, Hackernoon, PrimeMind, Critical Transmedia #10, Poets Unlimited, and Two Thousand Words. His new book The Walkers is now available from Shantigar Press and Shakespeare & Co.
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