Consider your body against the backdrop of history
Starts January 17
- Sunday @ 11:30 AM PST
- Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7
2020 has marked seismic shifts in the ways humans must consider their own bodies. Attacked by disease on a global level, and forced to be contained as a result, the body has to reckon with itself in ways that are absolutely new to many of us.
Complicate that with worldwide rebellions that demand Black lives be honored, and held at least as sacred as others, we must also consider our bodies against the backdrop of the histories which write themselves over it.
Sharing the work of Yusef Komunyakaa, Suzi Q Smith, Patricia Smith, Patrick Rosal, Emily Dickinson, Thuli Zuma, Natalie Diaz, Terrance Hayes, Ross Gay, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Joy Harjo, and Toni Morrison; participants will read, analyze/discuss, write, and get first draft feedback and suggestions.
We will explore our participants’ love for their own bodies, and their evolution of understanding of that journey.
About the Instructor
Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, and Brooklyn. He is author of tarnish & masquerade, (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books, 2010), Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Society of Midland Authoras award for poetry; and Where Brooklyn At?! (Willow Books/Aquarius Press, 2016). Among the places his poetry and prose have been published are Rattapallax, Louisville University Review, Union Station Magazine, Harvard Review Online, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets – Poem a day, Drunken Boat, Poetry Magazine Online, Callaloo, Apex Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, and in several anthologies.
Roger is Writer-In-Residence at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, co-founder of NYC’s LouderArts Project, and frontman for the band Miyamoto is Black Enough. A Cave Canem fellow, Roger is creator and facilitator of The Baldwin Protocols: Reading Series, and The Baldwin Protocols: Conversations in Music and Social Justice. Roger has taught Creative Writing at every level, from Kindergarten to research 1 Universities. He is the father of Uma, Nina, and Arima.