Where can we build our simple dynamic of listening from? How can we allow the sensory we already have, to approach its way in, while maintaining direction? During our ongoing upheaval—when have we never upheaved—what is our body reacting to that wants to be heard? The listening we beckon as feeling humans is a vital ability for a writer.
Reaction is a primal spark to nurture—a feel to record. In six sessions over three weeks, this workshop will integrate the Zoom-sphere with movement, sound, and visual art to see what we capture with language, to explore the performative edges that embody transformative writing.
Release/freedom/failure/mobility—are the cornerstones of this workshop. The materials you would bring to an art class would fit in here—rock, paper, scissors, light, shadow, dirt, memory, iphone, ears, voice, body, lingo—the materials you would bring to a poetry class would fit in here. Session experiences will gravitate towards generating language more than critique, as evolution is rooted in the sensory.
Each week the Tues & Weds class will form inter-related pods; work will be presented across mediums, assignments will be given, and follow ups will be sent during the week. The impact of having two classes, back to back, with space between the next pair, for three weeks in a row, is a way to combine focus and process. The plan would be—to cultivate the speaking-seeing-hearing voice in your physical space, to activate our endlessly epic possibility with language.
Twice Weekly online, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: July 21-22, 28-29, August 4-5
11am-12:30 pm EST
Edwin Torres is the author of 9 books of poetry including, XoeteoX: the infinite word object (Wave Books), Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press) and The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books). He is editor of the inter-genre anthology, The Body In Language: An Anthology (Counterpath Press), which he reframed as a 4-week Zoom series entitled, “Our Bodies In Language: A Series.” He has performed his multi-disciplinary bodylingo poetics worldwide, and received fellowships from NYFA, The Foundation for Contemporary Art, and The DIA Arts Foundation. He has taught his process-oriented workshop “Brainlingo: Writing The Voice Of The Body,” at many educational facilities, including Naropa University, Bard College, The Poetry Project, Poets House and UPenn. Anthologies include, Fractured Ecologies, Who Will Speak For America, American Poets In The 21st Century: Poetics Of Social Engagement, Postmodern American Poetry Vol. 2, Kindergarde: Avant Garde Poems For Children, and Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café. Edwin has always explored the boundaries, of his work, Eleni Sikelianos says, “There are experimental poets, Torres may be the experiment.” brainlingo.wixsite.com/
ALL ACCESS PRICING MODEL / PAY WHAT YOU CAN / COMPARISON COSTS:
Liminal Lab is committed to providing a source of income for our collaborators and facilitators in an increasingly precarious time for culture workers and educators. However, no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. We ask that those who can pay the suggested price, and/or help cover the cost of scholarship slots in each of our programs by sponsoring other participants.
Compare the below to the cost for a similar accredited workshop in a university setting (where most of the $$$ goes to institutional bloat): $1035 — we show you this so we can begin to think about wtf is happening in our institutions, where both students and faculty get the short end of the stick.
At a standard “Market Rate,” at arts orgs: $350*
Recommended Sliding Scale: $30-50/session → $180-300 for the series
Precarity Pricing: $10-20/session
Barter / Volunteer / No Cost Option Available
Sponsorship: You may sponsor low or no fee participants in this workshop with a donation of any size.*if you have the funds to afford the “Market Rate,” we encourage you to support this facilitator by donating at that level, which will also support other students in this course who are unable to pay.