Poetry Workshop, Hosted by Guest Speaker, Dr. Javon Johnson

Please join Hatter Network for special guest, Dr. Javon Johnson, for a poetry workshop, based on writing through and about the body, in which the attendees read a couple of poems, discuss them, and are then asked to write epistolary poems to a body part of their choosing.  The workshop will be held in Lee’s Garage (located in the Carlton Union Building) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Then come back for Uncouth Hour at 9 p.m. (in Lee’s Garage) to hear Johnson perform his spoken word poetry.

Johnson is an American spoken-word poet, writer and professor. He is an assistant professor and director of African American and African Diaspora Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an author.  His first book, “Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities” (Rutgers University Press,  2017), unpacks some of the complicated issues that comprise performance poetry spaces. He argues that the truly radical potential in slam and spoken word communities lies not just in proving literary worth, speaking back to power, or even in altering power structures, but instead in imagining and working toward altogether different social relationships.

We will have his book, “Killing Poetry,” available for purchase ($19.95) and a brief book-signing opportunity on Thursday evening.  As always, we will have snacks, Cultural Credit, and an opportunity for our own Stetson Community to share their art, as well.

We would like to give a very special thanks to The Office of Community Standards, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and The Office of Student Development and Campus Vibrancy for bringing Dr. Johnson to campus.

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