Free One-Day Workshop: Erasing the Inauguration

Class Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 1 day (class meets once, for 2 hrs.)
Instructor: Francesco Levato
Location: Online via Skype
Tuition: Free

Writing the Rebellion: a series of workshops on oppositional poetics.

In this moment of emboldened racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia, I believe it crucial that our work as poets be socially conscious and politically engaged. To that end, I am starting a series of free online workshops where we will explore the writing of poetry as an act of resistance, of disobedience, and of rebellion. The first workshop, Erasing the Inauguration, will be held on the night of the inauguration. We will read works of oppositional poetics, and craft our own using strategies like erasure to appropriate the language of oppression, subvert it, and redeploy it against those in power.

We will be reading works by Philip Metres, Travis Macdonald, Kenji Liu, Hugo García Manríquez, Eileen R. Tabios, Claudia Rankine, and many others.

Sorry, but the workshops have reached capacity. I will be offering other workshops in the Writing the Rebellion series, so sign up for our mailing list and I’ll send updates about when the next one will take place. Thank you for your interest and support.


Levato_bio_pic_b1-cropFrancesco Levato is a poet, a literary translator, and a new media artist. Recent books include Endless, Beautiful, Exact; Elegy for Dead Languages; War Rug, a book length documentary poem; Creaturing (as translator); and the chapbook jettison/collapse. His poems have appeared in Nasty Magazine (Rome), Drunken Boat, Versal, Certain Circuits, OmniVerse, Fact-Simile, Opon, Lightning’d Press, Moria, VLAK Magazine (Prague), Slope, SpringGun, Ping Pong, E-ratio, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, and The Progressive, among other places. He has collaborated and performed with various composers, including Philip Glass, and his cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere. He founded the Chicago School of Poetics, holds an MFA in Poetry, and is a PhD candidate in English Studies. More at:
Mariela Griffor is the author of The Psychiatrist (Eyewear Publishing, 2013) and translator of Canto General by Pablo Neruda (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her new collection of poetry Declassified is forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing in 2017. She attended the University of Santiago and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She left Chile for an involuntary exile in Sweden in 1985. She is publisher of Marick Press. Her work has appeared in periodicals across Latin America and the United States. Mariela holds a B.A in Journalism and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New England College.
Luman - 2016 - Orchard - FBDouglas Luman is the Book Reviews Editor of the Found Poetry Review, Head Researcher at, Art Director of Stillhouse Press, a poet, book designer, and digital human.
Margaret Sullivan is a newly retired Associate Professor from Columbia College Chicago where she taught, among other topics, Semiotics for Creators of Culture since 1978. Her research interests include the meaning of musical lyrics as influenced by the mode of dissemination, on which she has presented findings in more than ten countries. She delivers workshops regularly for the University of Chicago Graduate School of Anthropology on stigma, meaning and mental illness ( see her chapter in the textbook, On the Stigma of Mental Illness, Patrick Corrigan, American Psychological Association). She has written and co-produced seven plays. Margaret created and founded the Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College in 1993.