Poetry Workshop: Writing in Space(s), session 1: Mapping the Body

October 8, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For five weeks this fall, poet and educator Marissa Anne Ayala will lead a series of poetry workshops that encourage participants to engage, through writing and discussion, with the art and architecture of Pen and Brush. Each workshop will center on one of five central themes, each paired with a mentor text written by a contemporary female author.

The course is designed for new or experienced poets, and for artists who would like to explore Pen and Brush through a different lens. Attendance is not manditory for all five sessions (though of course we encourage participants to attend all of them), and all are welcome. We ask that those interested contact Lisbeth (lisbeth@penandbrush.org) to register for the first session.

Instructor Marissa Anne Ayala is a writer and artist based in NYC. She has an MFA from the New School for Creative Writing and a BA from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her collaborative project, Inside/Outside: a map of self and place, is featured in Handwritten: a place in space for pen and paper. She appeared in Connotation Press, designed and led a series of creative writing workshops with The Battery Conservancy, and continues to merge her love of art and literature.

The first session will be on October 8 and is entitled Mapping the Body. Writers will have the opportunity to explore identity, perception, and memory by writing a narrative of self in response to art in our gallery. Guided by excerpts from Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red and the art on exhibit, participants will write a narrative of self in response. Questions for discussion include, What is the body of the art piece? What is your boundary of self? How do you write yourself into the art or how does the art write itself into your identity? How do you construct your body/identity with language? What does the structure of your story, your body, look like, sound like?

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