"Homing What Haunts You: Exploring Poetry, TikTok and Freewriting" is a generative workshop that will re-imagine how we read, write, experience and express poetry. We’ll examine Junie Désil's question "how to write about what you carry but don't know?" from her collection eat salt | gaze at the ocean. We’ll use this as a portal to explore what we carry emotionally, physically, ancestrally and communally when we encounter a blank page or camera. We’ll think about how poets and performance artists Katie Numi Usher, Rajiv Mohabir, Ariana Brown, Dionne Brand, Gaiutra Bahadur, Aracelis Girmay, Etel Adnan and Shivanee Ramlochan frame the things we carry as hauntings in their poetry and TikTok performance videos.
We’ll take directions from poems. We’ll eat something salty and gaze at water while reading poems aloud to each other. We’ll think of poems as shapeshifters that can exist as words, brushstrokes and pixels. We’ll rewrite poems in different shapes and experiment with translating written words into a different medium. Participants will create a TikTok video or leporello book to store their poetry-experiments.
This class will be held in-person at the Abrons Arts Center.
About Nadia Misir
Nadia Misir is a poet who would rather paint than write. Born, raised and still living in South Ozone Park, Queens, she posts more on Instagram than she submits to literary journals. Her writing has been published in Poetry, Kweli, Papercuts, The Margins, No, Dear Mag, and QC Voices. Her creative practice has been supported by fellowships and residencies from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and Queens College, CUNY’s QCVoices. She has facilitated writing workshops in collaboration with South Asian Feminism(s) Alliance, Queens Memory, Reimagine, Five Boro Story Project and others. She received her BA in English from SUNY Oswego and an MA in American studies from Columbia University. She also holds an MFA in fiction writing from Queens College, CUNY. She is in transit more often than she is at home.
This class is curated in partnership with The School of Making Thinking.