Between Poetry and Performance: Choreopoems as an Avenue for Joy with Monica PrinceSaturday, December 19, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Live interactive workshop held via Zoom. (run time: 90 minutes)
If poetry and theatre sit on opposite ends of a Venn diagram, performance makes up the overlapping circle. Most specifically, poetry and theatre intersect in the choreopoem, a term coined by Ntozake Shange in 1975 that refers to a choreographed series of poems presented as a play. In this workshop led by Monica Prince, we will engage with the choreopoem form by discussing what defines a choreopoem as well as writing performance poems that include dramatic elements such as costuming, stage directions, and physicality. Additionally, we’ll talk about performance’s capacity for social change and hopefully write something that brings us all a little joy.
This free, interactive workshop is intended for writers of all levels who have an interest in slam poetry, performance, hybrid forms, and theater. The workshop will be held on Zoom. Space is limited. Participants should have writing utensils, an internet connection, headphones, and space to move. Participants will receive the meeting link in a reminder email in the days preceding this workshop.
Monica Prince teaches activist and performance writing at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of How to Exterminate the Black Woman: A Choreopoem ([PANK], 2020), Instructions for Temporary Survival (Red Mountain Press, 2019), and Letters from the Other Woman (Grey Book Press, 2018). She is the managing editor of the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, and the co-author of the suffrage play, A Pageant of Agitating Women, with Anna Andes. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Texas Review, MadCap Review, American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.
Between Poetry and Performance is a virtual workshop series curated by Paloma Sierra, Emerging Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. The series invites writers of all experience levels to reimagine poetry through theater and film. How can these two mediums help us reclaim our voices, speak our minds, and connect with others? How do we push our words into motion, and thrust poetry towards action?