“Every word is connected to other words, to history, to culture, to how we see.”
–Kim Addonizio, Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Louisville Literary Arts presents a free poetry writing workshop in partnership with The Frazier History Museum’s Kentucky Suffrage Exhibition (opening 2020).
Over the course of three 2-hour sessions, workshop participants will work closely with historical materials from the suffragist era and explore the radical and collaborative language of identity and embodied experience inherent in those artifacts. Participants will read contemporary writing by Adrienne Rich, Ada Limón, Audre Lorde, Denise Levertov, Julie Marie Wade, Niina Pollari, and others and discuss how poems critically engage with and celebrate their political contexts via form, voice, and syntax. Through generative writing exercises and workshop discussions on erasure, ekphrasis, and remediation, participants will write in communication with issues of identity, heritage, and the fight for equal rights, as well as develop their own unique voice and carnality in response, (re)discovering their own legacies of resistance and change.
Free Saturday Workshops:
9/28, 10/5, 10/12
Reading & Exhibit:
10/23 at 7:00 PM
Flight Deck Gallery
515 W. Breckinridge Street
Ashley Taylor is a Louisville KY poet and MFA in Writing candidate at Spalding University. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Louisville, where she served as graduate editor of Miracle Monocle and first-year writing instructor of College Composition and Intro to Creative Writing. She is the founder of Louisville reading series River City Revue, author of the chaplet Metamorphosis of Narcissus (Damaged Goods Press, 2019), and current facilitator of UofL’s LGBTQ Creative Writing Group.
Workshop is full
This workshop is free, open to the public, and inclusive for all writers at any level of experience.
Polished, original poems by the workshop writers will be featured at a public reading and exhibited in the ARTxFM / WXOX 97.1 FM Flight Deck Gallery on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.