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Friday, May 1 • 10:50am - 11:50am
Cartoons Have Feelings, Too: Workshop with José Olivarez *Student Track* FULL

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Sometimes the best way to write about ourselves is to put on a mask. It might be hard to talk about how we experience love, but thinking about how a turtle experiences love might be easier. What does a flamingo have to say about gender roles? What does Bugs Bunny think about Hip Hop? In this workshop we will read persona poems from the perspective of a lobster, a mosquito, and the Road-Runner. Persona poems are poems written in the voice of someone or something else. We will write our own persona poems to play with the voice of someone else and learn more about ourselves in the process.

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José Olivarez

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. Originally from Calumet City, IL, he lives in the Bronx. He is a graduate of Harvard University, the Poet-Linc Manager for Lincoln Center Education, and he is an editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. He has performed and taught at high... Read More →

Friday May 1, 2015 10:50am - 11:50am EDT
Hawthorne Essex Room

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