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Free Virtual Poetry Workshop: Boundless Devotion for Home & Self

May 16 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Lewis Latimer House Museum, is now offering free creative writing classes ONLINE.


Our next virtual workshop in our “Writing on Race & Immigration” series with Lewis Latimer House Museum will be led by Trace DePass on Saturday, May 16th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m:


“Boundless Devotion for Home & Self”


In this poetry workshop for Queens writers, we will read works that affirm love, dual heritage, and what it took for our ancestors to occupy a land we had no claim, including poems from Ocean Vuong, Aracelis Girmay, and Thiahera Nurse. We will also discuss various poetic forms—and disruptions of those forms—such as contrapuntals, poetic parentheticals, etc. Participants will walk away with poems around self-love & love for our communities, both of which would be able to be read in multiple ways.


RSVP to receive instructions on how to join the virtual workshop here: http://bit.ly/NewtownMay16.


Trace Howard DePass is the author of Self-portrait as the space between us (PANK Books, 2018), which was a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Prize. He served as the editor of Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2017 & as the 2016 Teen Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens. His work has been featured on screen and radio—BET Next Level, Billboard, Blavity, Poetry Foundation and NPR’s The Takeaway—and in print—Anomalous Press, Entropy Magazine, Platypus Press, Split This Rock!, The Poetry Project, & Bettering American Poetry. DePass is a Poetry Incubator, Teaching Artist Project, & Poets House Fellow.


This program is in partnership with Lewis Latimer House Museum and made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


For more information, please visit newtownliterary.org/writingclasses.