Javon Johnson: Poetic Bodies

OCT 2020

The Politics of Creativity

This workshop uses poetry writing, performance, and our personal narratives to explore how we are connected to larger political, historical, social, and economic systems.

In this way, attendees will leave with a richer appreciation for and poetry and performance, as well as sharpen their creative and critical skills. 

Tuesdays @ 4:00-5:30pm PT

Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17

Poetic Bodies includes:

  • Weekly 90-minute live writing and discourse facilitated by Javon Johnson
  • Q&A with Javon Johnson about the sessions, poetry, the politics of creativity, and creative politics. 
  • Feedback on your work. 
  • An opportunity for writing and performance coaching and feedback.
  • Opportunities for further feedback. 

About the Instructor

Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor and Director of African American & African Diaspora studies and holds an appointment in Gender & Sexuality Studies in the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a certificate in Gender Studies and Cognate in African American Studies from Northwestern University in 2010.

Dr. Johnson’s scholarly interests include performance, blackness, African American literature, black pop culture, slam and spoken word, black feminist theory, black queer theory, masculinity studies, black sexualities, and ethnography.

You can order Dr. Johnson’s new book, Ain’t Never Not Been Black, here: https://buttonpoetry.com/product/aint-never-not-been-black/

About the book: Ain’t Never Not Been Black foregrounds Black pleasure Black pain and Black love in unflinchingly Black ways.

Engaging with themes of masculinity, racism, love, and joy, Johnson is at once critical and creative. His spoken word performance transfers effortlessly to the page, with poems that will encompass you.

This is a book about blackness and survival, and how in America these are inseparable. In a world of individualism, who can you hold close? In a world of danger, what makes you feel safe?

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Course Includes

  • 4 Weeks