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Poetry Workshops With Poet-In-Residence Catherine Kineavy


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Mar 6 - Apr 24, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / Art Produce
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

Read "The Cartography Of Poetry At Art Produce," the KPBS feature on this program.

Catherine Kineavy: 2020/2021 Poet in Residence at Art Produce

Catherine Kineavy is facilitating four community workshops (online on Zoom) that are free to the general public. The workshops are thoughtfully planned to create a space on a digital platform where meaningful connections are made between participants.

Join us March 6 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for Catherine's first free, virtual workshop!

March 6: Cartography of a Life: Poetry as Storytelling
Using poetry as a point of origin and entry, we will collectively go on a journey exploring aspects of our individual and collective stories. We will read poetry and write it, locating ourselves and our stories inside history. The hope is that we will connect on this journey with each other through our shared humanity. Ultimately it will be a journey of self-discovery. Participants will become cartographers of their own life by mapping their journey through poetic stories based on history, memory, myth, and imagination.

Poetry Workshops will be held on the following Saturdays from 10am-12pm:
March 6: Cartography of a Life: Poetry as Storytelling
​March 20: Poetry of Witness, Resilience, and Social Justice
​April 10: The People’s Poetry: Cultivating Civic Imagination in a Democracy
​April 24: Poetry of Space, Poetry of Place: Exploring Home and the Environment
​This project is partially funded by the California Arts Council's Artists in Communities program.

About the residency:
​Cartography of a Community is a collaboration between poet-in-residence, Catherine Kineavy, Art Produce, and community participants, including other visual, performing, and literary artists. Using poetry, we will map out individual lives and the lives of the community members who gather for this project. In other words, together we will all become cartographers (map makers) of our lives and give meaning to our experiences through poetry. We will use poetry as an opening to creatively dig into our pasts, magnify our presents, and imagine our futures. This project will be anchored in poetry that will include, reading it, writing it, reflecting on it, conversing about it, and if so inclined, performing it! It is the hope that through this project, poetry will be a sanctuary for enduring transformation both personally and within our body politic. Given its medicinal powers, poetry will be a path towards healing at this unprecedented time of suffering. Poetry will be an invitation to an embodied mindfulness, and poetry will connect us and give us a sense of belonging to ourselves and the world in which we live. It is the hope and vision that through a series of community workshops, performances, and conversations, that each community member will begin to identify as a citizen artist and be activated (if not already) to participate in and transform our community using their unique abilities. We are all creative and social beings and our democracy needs us now, this residency will create pathways for our voices to be heard. All are welcome to participate in the community programming of Cartography of a Community – no prior experience with poetry needed.

Poetry Conversations

Register for one or both poetry conversations here.

Conversation with Julia Alvarez
April 17th 2021 @10am

​Born in New York City in 1950, Julia Alvarez's parents returned to their native country, Dominican Republic, shortly after her birth. Ten years later, the family was forced to flee to the United States because of her father’s involvement in a plot to overthrow the dictator, Trujillo. Alvarez has written novels (How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, ¡Yo!, In the Name of Salomé, Saving the World, Afterlife), collections of poems (Homecoming, The Other Side/ El Otro Lado, The Woman I Kept to Myself), nonfiction (Something to Declare, Once Upon A Quinceañera, and A Wedding in Haiti), and numerous books for young readers (including the Tía Lola Stories series, Before We Were Free, finding miracles, Return to Sender and Where Do They Go?). Alvarez’s awards include the Pura Belpré and Américas Awards for her books for young readers, the Hispanic Heritage Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. In 2013, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.
Conversation with Gayle Brandeis
April 21st 2021 @6pm

​​Gayle Brandeis is the author, most recently, of the novel in poems, Many Restless Concerns (Black Lawrence Press), longlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, and the memoir The Art of Misdiagnosis (Beacon Press). Earlier books include the poetry collection The Selfless Bliss of the Body (Finishing Line Press), the craft book Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne) and the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement judged by Barbara Kingsolver, Toni Morrison, and Maxine Hong Kingston, Self Storage (Ballantine), Delta Girls (Ballantine), and My Life with the Lincolns (Henry Holt BYR), which was chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have been widely published in places such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, O (The Oprah Magazine), The Rumpus, Salon, Longreads, and more, and have received numerous honors, including a Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016, 2019, and 2020, the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award and the 2018 Multi Genre Maverick Writer Award. She was named A Writer Who Makes a Difference by The Writer Magazine, and served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014, focusing on bringing writing workshops to underserved communities. She teaches at Sierra Nevada University and Antioch University Los Angeles.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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