Writing Center Workshop Timelines: 3b: Past Workshops (Unseen Archive), 4: Adam Drury Workshops & Events

“Borders and Boundaries”

Taught by:  Adam Drury, poet & musician
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: November 22, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

“Borders and Boundaries” is a workshop that draws young writers’ attention to writing, music, and performance art that confronts a world of increasing divisions and segregation. Focusing on the U.S. context, this workshop will involve

• a discussion of Mvskoke writer and activist Joy Harjo and her poems about Native American experience and resistance across the borders of what A Tribe Called Red (First Nations hip-hop group) has called the ALie Nation.

• an “imaginarium” inspired by Chicana writer Emma Pérez’s idea of a “decolonial imaginary.” After reading short passages from Pérez’s Forgetting the Alamo; Or, Blood Memory, young writers in the workshop will craft poems, narratives, and characters from their own decolonial imaginaries.

• listening to contemporary pop music about human rights, from A Tribe Called Red to M.I.A.’s controversial music video “Borders” and her pop performance art. After listening to and watching these artists, young writers will stage their own short performance pieces confronting and challenging borders and boundaries.

This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.