This 10-week poetry workshop focuses on an idea brought up in an article by Catherine Buni in the LA Review of Books – “Toward a Wider View of ‘Nature Writing’” (1.10.2016). Buni speaks to the idea that as readers and writers, there is much to be considered in what nature writing can be when the focus includes the experiences of people of color. With this notion in mind, this workshop will serve people at all levels and of all backgrounds to de-romanticize what nature writing and poetry look like, so as to encourage a different kind of language to emerge. This course will include prompts and model texts from contemporary poets of diverse backgrounds and experiences. And although the workshop will consider “nature writing” as a springboard, there will be other prompts as well, and most of the workshop will be spent listening and responding to the work of its members, who are invited, as always, to submit poems of all stripes and origins. We look forward to a productive, supportive, and enriching environment, and hopefully at the end of 10 weeks you’ll have a bouquet of new poems to carry with you.
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About the instructor
LUPE MENDEZ—poet, teacher, and activist—is the author of the poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019). He earned an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Texas at El Paso. His poetry has appeared in Luna Luna, Hunger Mountain, Border Senses, and Gulf Coast, among others. Mendez is one of the founders of the Librotraficante Movement and Tintero Projects, a Texas-based grassroots organization that provides a platform for emerging Latinx writers and writers of color in the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Lupe and his wife, Jasminne Mendez, host the Inprint/Tintero Projects podcast, Ink Well. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo, and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator.
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