REGISTRATION CLOSED: Poetry for High School Teachers

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REGISTRATION CLOSED: Poetry for High School Teachers


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Poetry for High School Teachers

Cost: FREE
11:45 am – 1:15 p.m. in the Kinney classroom at the Portland Art Museum


Please note that while admission for youth 17 and under is free, youth still need to obtain a wristband to gain entry to festival sites.

Deflecting Violence Through Poetry

How can poetry actually help students deal with the violence in our modern world–wars that have been happening since they were born, violence in the schools, the rise of nationalism, sexism, and racism, and threats on social media and media in general? The poet has always been feared by fascists and those in power for good reason. In this class we’ll discuss three ways that you can help your students create art that feels meaningful and gives them back their voice. We will tackle issues of hypocrisy (through blackout poems and found poems), explore methods utilized by activists to oppose those in power (like Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuna against Pinochet and Morgan Parker against sexism and racism in American popular culture), and we’ll learn how to give love back to the forgotten in our lives through praise and persona poems. Together we will explore poets who inspire and methods that will get students writing and sharing. 

Arab-American poet, essayist, and performer Claudia F. Savage is one-half of the improvising performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and a 2018-2021 fellow of the progressive think tank The Black Earth Institute. Born and raised in Queens, NYC and the south, she received her M.A. in literature and women’s studies in Colorado and teaches classes about poetry, creativity and collaboration, privately, at Literary Arts, through the Writers in the Schools Program, and throughout the country. Her poems, essays, and interviews have been in Water-Stone Review, Nimrod, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, and BOMB among others. Her interview series, “Witness the Hour: Conversations with Arab-American Poets Across the Diaspora,” is a Drunken Boat/Anomaly feature that serves as a method of conversation and education about the lives of Arab immigrants and refugees. Additionally, she is the co-creator of the Thick in the Throat, Honey podcast which offers discussions with parent-artists across disciplines. She is a Pushcart and Best New Poets nominee and the author of the collection Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017) and the chapbooks: The Last One Eaten: A Maligned Vegetable’s History and The Hour of Anjali, a chapbook by four poets about the senses. Her collaboration, reductions, with Detroit-visual artist-Jacklyn Brickman is forthcoming in Chicago, Columbus, Detroit and elsewhere in 2019. She’s garnered awards from Jentel, Ucross, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Mineral School, and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon.