Writing Love and Solidarity: A Poetry Workshop

"Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public" - Cornel West

During dark times we turn to poetry. Perhaps now more than ever, we might find solace in the words of those who came before us, who lived through uncertain times and left behind poems and stories as blueprints for how to survive and live without fear; how to resist injustice while celebrating what we love.

In this workshop, we will come together and read the works of poets who fought and are still fighting for justice, poets who teach us how to use our own voices as tools for peace, solidarity, and liberation: Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Antonio Machado, Nazim Hikmet, Morgan Parker, Ross Gay, Ilya Kaminsky, and others.

Most of the workshop will be devoted to reading these poems aloud, writing our own poems of resistance, and talking about ways to take care of ourselves through our art. We will also dedicate space to sharing resources and ideas for moving forward, as well as ways to stay safe.

My hope is that we leave this workshop with questions, connections, and the drive to keep the light of our craft burning.

  • Instructor: Kendra DeColo
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Date:  Saturday, January 7
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $55 non-members; $48 members
  • Location: The Skillery, 1323 6th Ave. N