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The Poetics of Terror, a Casa Libre workshop

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Saturday, May 12th
$50-$75 sliding scale + scholarships available
location TBA
email casakeepers@casalibre.org to sign up or for more information

About the Workshop: How do we get to a place of writing what scares us the most? How do we get to a place of performing what scares us the most? In what ways do we feel safe or unsafe expressing our differences in the face of the surveillance state? In what ways do we feel terrified? In what ways do we feel dangerous? What makes poetry dangerous? Can we write dangerous poems? What would they even look like? What forms make dangerous poetry possible / impossible? Take the parts of yourself & your politics that are stamped down by the state & amplify them — release them — break open & build them a way out — there may not be language for this — you may have to create it.

About Andrea: Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. Their first full length book EXTRATRANSMISSION is forthcoming from Kelsey Street Press early 2018. Andrea's chapbook, THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, September 2016), attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. With Drea Marina, Andrea cohosts Words of Resistance, a monthly radical queer open floor poetry night aimed at creating space for folks to share their work, especially if unpolished and messy. Andrea is a writer, printer, & publisher whose founding small press project Mess Editions seeks to publish emerging writing from queers, people of color, and those involved in social movements yet uninvolved in poetry & art scenes. Find their shorter recent work in The Capilano Review, Hold 2: A Journal, CA Cosmonauts & Spoon Knife Anthology 1 & 2.


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