Culture, Food, Politics, and Ecology: an online workshop by Craig Santos Perez to benefit Omnidawn Publishing

Craig Santos Perez will be leading an online workshop: Culture, Food, Politics, and Ecology, to benefit Omnidawn Publishing.

The meeting times are every Sunday, 10a-12p pst, for 5 weeks,
from February 19, 2017 – March 19, 2017.

Each week, for the first 20 minutes of class, there will be one guest poet. They will share their experiences in writing poetry in relation to that week’s subject, that week’s realms of relation.

Registration for Craig’s class has filled. Watch this space later in the year for details about 2018’s workshop!

Subjects & Guests will be:

Feb 19: Ecopoetics: Ross Gay

Feb 26: Writing culture, writing family: Allison Hedge Coke

March 5: Writing poetry of witness: Carolyn Forché

March 12: Writing food and sustenance: Javier Huerta 

March 19: Writing with documentary source texts: Rajiv Mohabir 

Rusty Morrison, Omnidawn’s co-publisher, will be an active member of the class each week, as support to Craig, and as another voice engaging in the exciting conversations.

We will begin with an interactive conversation/presentation from the guest poet. Guests will speak casually, with candor, sharing ideas, insights, challenges regarding this aspect of their writing. Guests may be reading some writing/poetry of theirs that aligns with the week’s arena of thought–in order to talk about the generation of that writing in this context.

After the guest poet is finished, Craig will give a presentation on the week’s topic, and the poets who are students in the class will participate in an engaging conversation with Craig about that week’s ideational landscape.

Then Craig will lead a workshop discussion of a poem from each of the class members. Rusty will also contribute to this discussion. Craig is an amazing teacher: serious, friendly, knowledgable, deft at offering sharp acuity and compassionate insight into the poems workshopped.

Omnidawn Publishing is very grateful to Craig Santos Perez and to all of the poets who are donating their time to this workshop.