Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sunday Kind of Love and Workshop with Kathy Engel

Sunday Kind of Love
Sunday, February 21, 2010
4-6 pm
Featuring Kathy Engel

author of Ruth's Skirts and co-editor of We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon
Busboys & Poets
14th & V Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Hosted by Katy Richey and Sarah Browning
Cosponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock
Open Mic at each event!
Admission free, donations encouraged
For more info: Busboys and Poets browning at splitthisrock dot org
Split This Rock 202-387-POET

Workshop by Kathy Engel:
Everything is Translation: Poetry that Breaks Boundaries

Saturday, February 20, 2010
1-4 pm
Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

$25 fee. To apply, send a check made out to "Sarah Browning" to Split This Rock/IPS
1112 16th Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

No experience necessary. First come, first served. Scholarships available - contact Sarah at browning at splitthisrock dot org to apply.
Made possible in part by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

Everything is Translation: Poetry that Breaks Boundaries

We will each bring a favorite poem and our readiness to listen, to write, and to share our work. We will share poems we love and discuss why, talk about fear and censorship that gets in the way of telling our stories through poetry. Why poetry? we will ask. We will look inside the notion that everything is translation, even within one language, the ways in which we make assumptions about one another without understanding each others' languages, and what can happen when we break open the assumptions and move inside the language. We will write using prompts that push us in language, form and narrative. We look at questions of identity, form, sound, story, magic, dream, research, journey, connection. Our time together as poets will be informed by an understanding that community is not separate from poetry and that community cannot exist without the sharing of all the stories, all the voices.

Kathy Engel is a poet, activist, essayist, organizer, producer and educator. Founder and first director of the women's human rights organization MADRE, co founder and former President of Riptide Communications, she has worked as a consultant for more than 20 year in creative strategic development for human rights, peace, and justice groups. Her passion is the fusion of imagination and change and border crossing. Her book of poems Ruth's Skirts was published by IKON in 2007. The same year she co edited We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, Interlink Books, with Kamal Boullata. She is an adjunct professor at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts/Art & Public Policy Program and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study's Community Learning Initiative. She is co producer of a film in process in which more than 175 women from the East End of Long Island speak about their hopes and fears the week preceding the election of Barack Obama. She is a student in the MFA program in poetry at Drew University. She has worked with the people of Haiti for years and will continue to. Kathy lives in Sagaponack, New York with her husband, dogs, cats, and her daughters who are suddenly grown, when they come home.

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