Workshop: Feminism, Politics, and Poetry session 1: Auto-Historia

July 6, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

For five weeks this summer, poet and educator Marissa Anne Ayala will lead a series of poetry workshops that encourage participants to develop their voices as poet-activists. Each workshop will center on one of five central themes, each paired with a mentor text written by a contemporary female author. The themes and texts will inform a free writing period during the session, as well as conversation before and after writing.

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, and all are welcome. We ask that those interested contact Lisbeth ( to register for this 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 website devoted to pen and paper. She appeared in Connotation Press, designed and led a series of creative writing workshops with The Battery Conservancy, and most recently has participated in Tupelo Press's 30/30 poetry marathon.

Auto-Historia encourages writers to consider the politics of self, history, and role. Parts of an Autobiography by Carmen Gimenez Smith will guide the session, as well grounding questions such as, Who helped define you? How does the way you self-identify interact with your role in society, with your lover, friends, family, and with your relationship to self?

[Photo credit: Manny Fernandes]

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