Poetry, Reading

  • Term: Fall 2023
  • Start Date: November 2, 2023
  • End Date: December 14, 2023
  • Day of Week: Thursday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Writing with Folklore & Myth: Resilience, Community, & Grief

In "summer, somewhere," Danez Smith writes, “don't call us dead, call us alive somewhere better / that boy was Trayvon [Martin], now called RainKing." This course examines the use of myth and folklore as a tool of resilience, community, and grief. We will look at voodoo, African folk hero, and the syncretic influence of European mythology and religion in Black literature. Participants will generate poems every week in response to various readings, visual art, and generative prompts.

No class dates: 11/23/2023

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Christie Valentin-Bati

Christie Valentin-Bati


Christie Valentin-Bati is a poetry teaching artist based in Chicago. Her work received honorable mention from the Academy of American Poets, was commissioned by the ACLU, and her micro-chapbook "Journal" was showcased in Porous Gallery. She loves plants and shadows.