All workshops are mold-able based on the needs of your community and your desired outcome. If you are interested in me providing a workshop or a workshop & performance please contact me so we can beginning planning. Words have power and so does creating a collective consciousness and space for us to unpack all the ugly and celebrate all the holy that we are.
Two tongues, two languages
In this workshop we will explore the languages we carry in our tongues. It will ask the participants to think beyond the immediate benefits and repercussions of being bilingual. We will explore the power, the resistance created when we hold on to our language(s); when we give new meaning to words, when we create new words, when we write in a way that our family understand us, when we do not conform. What does it mean to be bilingual in an era of anti-latinx rhetoric and sentiments? The crux of this workshop is on how our tongues are not a burden but a necessary tool to reclaim ourselves.
Where is home?
As immigrants/refugees to this country we are caught in the juxtaposition of feeling neither from here nor from our country of origin. In this workshop we will explore the concept of home and what it means to yearn for ‘home’ in a place that may be foreign to us. How do we seek ‘home’, how do we find ‘home’, how do we build ‘home’ in a country that constantly reminds us we do not belong?
Dismantling Patriarchy: A Journey, A Step
This workshop is geared toward men of color and has been designed as a way to 1) understand our own inherent privilege as men 2) how we perpetuate patriarchy and 3) how patriarchy hurts us as men of color. With the understanding that one workshop will not dismantle patriarchy or sexism, we will seek to “plant seeds” and create consciousness on how to be aware of our privilege and how to begin to dismantle our own internalized patriarchy. As they say, the journey of thousand miles begins one step at a time. This is a step.
Poetry is more than words
The intention of this workshop is to focus on poetry beyond the words. In practical terms poetry is a call to action, a unified hymn, a way to be heard, it is an invocation; poems create healing and give meaning. Poetry is not merely violets and roses, it is a means, a blueprint for self-determination and self-love. A means to take back what was taken. Poetry is about growth and listening. We will explore poetry as an act of resistance and liberation.
Spokenword/Performance Poetry 101
This workshop focuses on the difference between traditional poetry and performance poetry/spokenword. Participants will write their own poems and will learn how to use the body as an instrument in the delivery of their poems.