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ALTER/ALTAR: MEMORY/MIRROR/MONUMENT/MAP 5-week poetry workshop w/ Lynne DeSilva-Johnson
Bowery Poetry
New York, NY
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ALTER/ALTAR: MEMORY/MIRROR/MONUMENT/MAP 5-week poetry workshop w/ Lynne DeSilva-Johnson
Instructor: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

This workshop takes place at Bowery Poetry Club on the following Sundays from 12PM-2PM

April 23
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21

For this workshop we will shred, table, excise, burn, and deconstruct the boundaries of poetics, both considering and creating works that challenge the genre. Can a hybrid documentation  that which invites in / explores historical and quotidian context, ephemera, detritus, found language, list making, and letters  alongside and in conversation with poetics  be a powerful, political, act of radical self-and-community archive-building? Can it be an act of healing? YES.

Here is a small window into the vast resources of explorations with text coming from outside an academic / writing based relationship with the medium, rather, approaching text as one of many tools in an arsenal of exploration, documentation, and challenge.
We will engage with work that resists categorization, exploring these interstices, and create our own short zine-style hybrid chapbooks.

Inspiration for this workshop includes: Adrian Piper, Glenn Ligon, Teresa Kak Kyung Cha, Bhanu Kapil, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Michael Taussig, Brenda Coultas, Frida Kahlo, Clarice Lispector, Anais Nin, Penny Arcade, Judy Chicago, Jess, Susan Sontag, Martha Rosler, Tristan Tzara, Leslie Scalapino, Philip Whalen, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, Diane Di Prima, John Cage, Brian Gyson, Sun Ra, Hakim Bey, Gabriel Pomerand, and many more.


Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is an interdisciplinary creator, curator, educator, and facilitator working in performance, exhibition, and publication in conversation with new media. An adjunct at CUNY and teaching artist for over a decade, Lynne is the founder and Managing Editor of The Operating System, as well as Libraries Editor at Boog City. She is the author of GROUND, blood atlas, and Overview Effect, co-author of A GUN SHOW with Adam Sliwinsk/S Percussion, and co-editor of the anthologies RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE: Poems for the Resistance, and In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body, both forthcoming in 2017. She publishes and performs widely, and lives in Brooklyn NY.


Bowery Poetry (View)
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
United States




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