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Poetry Master Class With Juan Felipe Herrera
May 30 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 2020 Poet-in-Residence Juan Felipe Herrera is conducting a Poetry Master Class on May 30.
For the Master Class, Herrera encourages participants to utilize their creativity. “Bring whatever you’d like to bring, poems on paper, on envelopes and receipts – feel free to read your poems. Your voice is number one! We will chat a little about the magic of poetry, its 5 dimensions. We will experiment, even read together like a choir. And we just may create poetry puzzles. We will test our freedom to write the longest line on peace and unity in the world.”Copies of poems are provided for the participants.
Influenced by Allen Ginsberg and Luis Valdez and his own immersion into the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, Herrera writes passionately about social issues. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His work has been known to cross genres, even into opera and dance theatre. While 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Borders chronicles Herrera’s involvement with spoken word and street movement performance troupes across the nation, his attention to language-centered texts can be seen in Half of the World in Light. While calling Herrera “the elder statesman of Mexican American poetry,” former National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia points to the significance of his connection to a younger generation. Herrera is “the first U.S. laureate whose work has emerged from the new oral traditions that have been transforming American poetry over the past quarter-century,”
This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
Submitted by Walt Whitman Birthplace Association