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Cardioversion with Julio Valentin

Cardioversion with Julio Montalvo Valentín (Hybrid)

We are often told to write our hearts into the page. Just as often, we find that many things we write feel incomplete or sound “off-beat.”

This workshop aims to identify the heart defects in past pieces of poetry and prose, and utilize “cardioversion:” a form of revision that shocks rhyme and/or rhythm into being. (It is recommended to bring a past or incomplete piece to this workshop.)

This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually.

  • COVID SAFETY: We’ll be following social distancing protocol, taking temperatures, and providing masks and sanitizer as needed.
  • ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: If you have any questions/issues accessing any of these opportunities, please let us know and we will work with you to make sure you can participate.
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In-Person Workshop Registration
Available Tickets: 9
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Virtual Workshop Registration
Available Tickets: 17
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Tuesday, February 1, 2022


Zoom links will be provided to virtual participants.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Just Buffalo Writing Center


Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Just Buffalo Literary Center


Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Featured Artist

  • Julio Montalvo Valentín
    Julio Montalvo Valentín

    Julio Montalvo Valentin (They/His/Julio) is the author of three chapbooks, the latest titled Those Who Pray to Rice (NightBallet Books, 2019). Julio is a member of the Latino/a/x arts collective called Los Artistas del Barrio Buffalo (LAdB), a freelance teaching artist, and holds an M.A. in English Literature from Buffalo State College. They have recently completed a summer project for the “Woke Words” summer enrichment program at P.S. 18, where the students also created a public poetry mural called Freedom, located at Broderick Park, for the City of Buffalo. You can find Julio talking about the politics of rice or looking for the next reading/writing opportunity.

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