Photo-Voice Poetics – with Steven Alvarez

[a 3-week summer online program; Thursdays starting 6/30 @ 7:30 pm EST / 4:30 PST]

Workshop Description: Delving into the lived experiences of participants, this workshop will introduce photo-voice research methods for composing poetic works. Using photography as means to consider narrative time, perspective, and spatiality, we will also examine photographic aspects of lyricism. Participants will also be encouraged to explore multimodal possibilities for conducting, archiving, and publishing generated works. The express focus of the workshop, however, will be in the production of new writing drawing from the wealth of participants’ experiences with photography at all levels. 


Steven Alvarez is the author of The Codex Mojaodicus, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize. A sequel, Manhatitlánis forthcoming from the Operating System in 2021. He has also authored the novels in verse The Pocho Codex and The Xicano Genome, both published by Editorial Paroxismo, and the chapbooks, Tonalamatl, El Segundo’s Dream Notes (Letter [r] Press), Un/documented, Kentucky (winner of the Rusty Toque Chapbook Prize), and Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus (winner of the Seven Kitchens Press Rane Arroyo Poetry Prize). His work has appeared in the Best Experimental Writing, Anomaly, Asymptote, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fence, MAKE, The Offing, and Waxwing. Follow Steven on Instagram @stevenpaulalvarez and Twitter @chastitellez.


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  • Compare the below to the cost for a similar accredited workshop in a university setting (where most of the $$$ goes to institutional bloat):  $850  — 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: $250*
  • Recommended Sliding Scale: $30-50/session → $90-150 for the series
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