Often when we approach poetry, we look at the form and style, and often follow established poets for inspiration. Does this lend itself to our true and authentic voices? How often do we reach into our senses, our narratives, our stories to create the world of poetry we want? Poet, performance artist and professor Ron Kipling Williams takes you through a journey of how he began coloring his poetic world, and offers tools and insights on how to do the same.
This is a three-session workshop. The first workshop is on tools and insights for creating your work. The second workshop is about feeling your work, and taking it from the page to the stage. The third workshop is a public reading, where an audience will experience your work. You are welcome to participate in any of the three workshops, though it would be advantageous for you to attend all to receive maximum benefit. Please bring writing pads and pens, and comfortable clothes.
Ron Kipling Williams uses art, media, performance, and education to break down walls, facilitate open and honest conversations, and build community. He has generated a reputation for being real and authentic in tackling issues of race, class, and identity, and has influenced a generation of Baltimore-based artists and social change agents.
Williams’s awards include: Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, Baltimore City African American Male Unsung Hero Award; United Workers Human Rights Champion award; and Fulbright Scholarship alternate. Williams holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore where he serves as adjunct professor, as well as faculty fellow for the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics. He is the author of an autobiographical book of poetry and memoir entitled Black Freak Mosh Heaven, and is the creator, writer, and performer of Dreadlocks, Rock & Roll and Human Rights.
To register for these workshops, please call 410-396-5487.
Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30pm
Central Library, Meyerhoff Children's Garden, Night Room
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201