Dive into your own identity
Starting March 10
- Wednesdays @ 5:30 PM PST
- Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Mar 31
There is a rise in identity politics in poetics. However, sometimes writers mine a single identity for poetry gold. That in itself can be a colonial act, if not done carefully.
Much like Chibbi does in his latest book OTRO/PATRIA, the course will examine the benefit of exploring the multiple intersections that make up a person and not a pillage of a single vector.
- Start with 15 minutes of themed free-writes
- Examine various examples of how to write about the self, the search for acceptance, and fighting for validity
- Dive into deep discussion about the angles at which we approach writing about ourselves and our spaces
- Look at how literary devices, form, performance, and other technical tools can enhance the work and the words
- Generate new work that dives into your own identities and what it means to take up space
- Receive personalized feedback from Chibbi and the group on the pieces generated, focusing on what works exceptionally well and how the piece can be elevated
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Chibbi is a Mexican-born, Texas-rasied poet, actor, and spoken word artist. Having been performing poetry since 2006, he is the founder of Laredo BorderSlam, a founding member of Write About Now, and the Executive Director and co-host of the Words and Shit virtual talk show and podcast. He has 2 books of poetry; his latest OTRO/PATRIA, a journey through the intersections of identity, was released in the summer of 2019.
He was also the co-editor of the anthology Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out (Flowersong Press, 2020), a collection of almost 70 poems responding to the political and social climate of the Trump administration. His work primarily deals with the exploration of identity and culture, his experiences as both Queer and Latino, and fighting for the validity of existence.
He has been featured in the Houston LGBTQIA magazine OutSmart, the 2017 Anthology Best Emerging Poets in Texas, the 2020 Latino Book Review Magazine, Defunkt Magazine, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, We Are Mitu, George Takei, SlamFind, Poetry Slam Inc, Button Poetry, and Write About Now. He has traveled the country performing his spoken word set, featuring at such places like Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, NY, The Aloha Poetry Festival in Honolulu, HI, and Button Poetry presents Storytellers in Miami, FL.
He is a two time San Antonio Poetry Slam Champion, and coached and performed with the 2017 PuroSlam team, winning 3rd place at the National Poetry Slam Group Piece Competition.