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HOME: Poetry workshop series

This project is made possible in part by the Academy of American Poets, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

HOME is a poetry reading, open mic, and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. It consists of a featured reader and brief open mic every first Friday of the month, followed by a writing workshop the following Saturday morning. Workshop topics are listed below.

The theme, HOME, is born out of our current space, time, crisis, and future-shaping. What does home mean? What isn’t home? Who is lacking home? Now that we are all home so much, how do we like our homes? Ourselves? Our families? What is home, in the literal and figurative sense? Is the body a type of home? How so? Is a poem a type of home? How do we integrate this into content and craft?

HOME is curated by our current Poet Laureate, Porsha Olayiwola.  A Boston transplant and Roxbury resident, Olayiwola seeks to create a shared digital space  for Bostonians to write and share at the intersection of poetry and storytelling. 

Workshops will be held on the first Saturday of the month, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Register for a workshop

11:30am - 1:00pm
Repeats monthly on Saturday, but only the first instance of this set, starting from November 7, 2020, until June 5, 2021
Happening Virtually
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
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Upcoming workshops

Upcoming workshops
About the Facilitator

Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, translator, academic, and author of several books of poetry including, "The Dear Remote Nearness of You", winner of the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Margaret Motten book prize. She directs the Lesley University MFA program in Creative Writing. Her awards include fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Foundation, and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. She was appointed Boston’s second Poet Laureate, serving in the role from 2015 to 2019.  Her book of translations, "Island Heart: Poems of Ida Faubert", is forthcoming from Subpress Collective in 2021.

Workshop Description

In which languages are you most at home? What are the languages of your thinking, dreaming, resisting, loving, finding peace? What is the language of your unlanguaged self?  This workshop will explore the various languages and homes we carry within us — and the ways we might honor them through poetry. The workshop is a generative one — one meant to challenge and inspire us into discussions, and ultimately poem drafts.

Photo of Danielle Legros Georges
Photo of Danielle Legros Georges, courtesy of Jennifer Waddell.

About the Facilitator

Xandria Phillips is a writer, abstract artist, and educator from rural Ohio. The recipient of the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers, and a LAMBDA Literary Award for their book "HULL" (Nightboat Books 2019), Xandria has received fellowships from Brown University, Callaloo, Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Xandria is also a Dream Space Residency recipient at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, and their chapbook, "Reasons for Smoking", won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Their poetry has been featured in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, BOMB Magazine, Crazyhorse,, and Virginia Quarterly Review. 

Workshop Description

"Nothing Will Ever Be the Same" invites workshop participants to reimagine their world through multi-modal practice (bring a journal and your favorite art supplies). Together we will read and discuss passages from "Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing", edited by Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin, and create our own mixed media art.

Photo of Xandria Phillips
Photo of Xandria Phillips.