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Fall Writing Workshop: Poetry & Protest Movements

June Jordan (1936-2002) was a political activist and poet who founded “Poetry for the People Workshops” while teaching at UC Berkeley. She believed that poetry is a communal and easy-to-use art form. In memory of June Jordan’s work, Christopher Soto was invited by Columbia University to teach a community-based writing workshop that serves both the Columbia University student body and also members of the surrounding community in Harlem. Although all applications will be considered, youth ages 16-18 in the Harlem area will be be giving strong consideration. Over the span of 8 weeks, participants of the workshops will be reading about contemporary American poetry that has supplemented various protest movements in the 20th and 21st centuries. Workshop participants will also be writing and editing their own poems during this course.


Application Deadline: September 22, 2017

Cost: Free

Workshops will take place on Columbia’s campus


Dates and Times:

Monday, Oct 16 | 7pm-9pm

Monday, Oct 23 | 7pm-9pm

Monday, Oct 30 | 7pm-9pm

Monday, Nov 6 | No Class

Monday, Nov 13 | 7pm-9pm

Monday, Nov 20 | 7pm-9pm

Monday, Nov 27 | 7pm-9pm

Monday, Dec 4 | 7pm-9pm

Monday, Dec 11 | 7pm-9pm


Application Process:


Please email 5-7 pages of poetry in a word document. Also include a title page, which states your name, address, age, and a short statement (3-4 sentences) about any writing experience that you have or that you would like to gain.


About the Instructor:

Christopher Soto (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a poet based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of “Sad Girl Poems” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016) and the editor of “Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color” (Nightboat Books, 2018). He cofounded the Undocupoets Campaign and worked with Amazon Literary Partnerships to establish grants for undocumented writers.  In 2017, he was awarded “The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism” by Split This Rock. In 2016, Poets & Writers honored Christopher Soto with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award.” He frequently writes book reviews for the Lambda Literary Foundation. His poems, reviews, interviews, and articles can be found at The Nation, The Guardian, The Advocate, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, Tin House, and more. His work has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He received his MFA in poetry from NYU, where he was a Goldwater Hospital Writing Workshop Fellow.