Between Poetry and Performance: From Page to Stage with Jasminne MendezTuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Live interactive workshop held via Zoom. (run time: 90 minutes)
How is poetry for the theatre and performance different than poetry for the page? How do we write or revise a poem for the stage and what makes it “good”? These are the types of questions we will explore and discuss in this generative writing workshop, led by Jasminne Mendez. We will read persona poems and poems as monologues, and discuss ways to consider how to outline and write a play in verse. We will also discuss the technical elements of performing your work for an audience and share work generated in class with these strategies in mind.
This free, interactive workshop is geared towards emerging and experienced writers and performers alike and will be held on Zoom. Space is limited. Participants should have writing utensils, headphones, and an internet connection. Participants will receive the meeting link in a reminder email in the days preceding this workshop.
Jasminne Mendez is a Dominican-American poet, educator, playwright and award winning author. Mendez has had poetry and essays published by or forthcoming in The New England Review, Crab Creek Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and others. She is the author of two poetry/prose collections Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013) which won an International Latino Book Award, and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry (Arte Publico Press, 2018). She is an MFA graduate of the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and a University of Houston alumni. Her second YA memoir A Bucket of Dirty Water: Memories of my Girlhood and her debut picture book Josefina’s Habichuelas (Arte Público Press) will be released in 2021. Her first full poetry collection Machete will be released in 2022 (Noemi Press).
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?