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Poetry and Music [Online Workshop]

This online workshop will focus on the origins of poetry in sound and music. Through the Wet Ink workshopping platform, we will write to instrumentals, devote odes to songs and singers, steal their hooks and choruses to make our own. We’ll break rhythm and make sound carry a verse. We’ll consider how music eases the acquisition of language. We’ll read American texts based in blues and jazz and European texts based in ballad. We’ll take on contemporary and popular music up and down the Americas and play with meaning. We’ll listen and play back, YouTube and SoundCloud and Spotify. We can debate Dylan as literature if you insist. Soundmakers and spitters to consider will include Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Bob Kaufman, John Yau, Edwin Torres, Monica Hand, Kurt Schwitters, Juan Luis Guerra and Supa Hot Fire.

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Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011) and that’s what you get, forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She has served as an artist-in-residence on Governors Island for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and as a Cultural Envoy to Honduras for the US State Department. She teaches creative writing for the City University of New York and holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from the City College of New York. She grew up in Coney Island and lives in Washington Heights.