Outburst Arts – Resurrecting the Present: Queer Poetry Workshop – Mícheál McCann – 12 May

Mícheál McCann will lead this poetry workshop intended for all levels of ability and experience. the workshop will look at different approaches to writing, different writers, and have splinter groups within the workshop so more close conversation can take place.

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Mícheál says:

Writing about Walt Whitman’s influence on her, Mary Oliver says “the poem is a temple—or a green field—a place to enter, and in which to feel.” Oliver says that a poem was made not just to exist, “but to speak—to be company.”

As queer literature has long been what Monica Pearl refers to as an “imagined community” for queer peoples spread out far from one another, in this lockdown come and join me for a poetry workshop concerning some approaches to queer writing.

This virtual poetry workshop will look at writing the ‘present’ as a way of approaching queer writing, a focus which is inspired by my PhD research on North American AIDS literature. The second half of the workshop will be a foray into myth, and how we might successfully, purposefully remaster and retell mythology for queer ends. Examples of myths will be brought, or feel free to bring one yourself to work on. From Sappho and Emily Dickinson to Tory Dent, Marie Howe, Tim Dlugos and Mark Doty, and local writers based in Belfast, this workshop will stimulate conversations and connections, and aim for participants to create new work, and establish new connections.

There will be opportunity for breakout groups during the workshop for smaller-scale discussion, and sharing of poems/stories are encouraged (but not necessary!).

All participants with an interest in writing poems are encouraged to come along! All that is required is willingness to participate. A digital handout will be distributed before the workshop.

This session is free and open to all but pre-registration is essential! We have limited places and we will send you out the handout in advance. Please let us know you’re joining us by emailing participate@outburstarts.com.

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