Monday, August 22 | 6 PM ET – 8:30 PM ET | Sliding Scale $50- $100
Online | 1 Session | REGISTER HERE!
**This is a workshop that prioritizes Asian and Asian diasporic writers. We ask all allies to take a step back and to not register for this workshop.**
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The last workshop in our summer series Survival and Tenderness, join us for a 2 and a half hour workshop with Ayesha Raees.
Collaborative poetry and writing has a strong and compelling history that goes back to the Renaissance, where poetry was a form of expression that called for togetherness in both its creation and performance, rather than an individual effort. In France, poets formed groups known as “virtuoso circles” and, during the surrealist movement, invented what is now called “Exquisite Corpse,” a form of poetry where a number of poets build onto a singular poem.
With a focus on communitarian processes leading to generating work, we will be discussing examples of collaborative writing practices from the Renaissance to modern day practices taking place individually as well as in unconventional publishing presses.
Students will create at least one poem as a group, critically learn to reflect on process than just product, and develop an intentionality towards the written word. They will also leave the class with tools and skills to create intentional creative space and projects if they wish to.
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Ayesha Raees عائشہ رئیس identifies herself as a hybrid creating hybrid poetry through hybrid forms. Her work strongly revolves around issues of race and identity, G/god and displacement, and mental illness while possessing a strong agency for accessibility, community, and change. She cultivates relationships between the word and the image through theatrical performance, filmic visual imagery, paint, and documentary photography.
Raees currently serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor at AAWW’s The Margins and has received fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, and Kundiman. Her work has been published in Poets.org, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, “Coining A Wishing Tower” won the Broken River Prize judged by Kaveh Akbar from Platypus Press and debuted in March 2022.
From Lahore, Pakistan, she currently shifts around Lahore, New York City, and Miami.