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Friday, April 22 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Writing the Bizarre: A Craft Class with Rajiv Mohabir

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Are you a fan of the strange, the unusual, and the uncanny? The French Modernist poet Charles Baudelaire said “Le beau est toujours bizarre.” (The beautiful is always bizarre.) Like this quote indicates, the strange and uncanny in lines of poetry surprise, add mystery, and add an air of spontaneity to any poem. But how does the poet craft works that live up to this axiom? In this poetry and nonfiction workshop you will be encouraged to approach writing to lead your readers into the unexpected. We will be looking at various strategies to invigorate our poetry with the unexpected, the strange, and the weird.

We will read texts that employ erasures, excavations, stream of consciousness, and “found” language. Together we will use these methods to texture our language and to push our own capabilities as poets and writers to the brink of our imaginations and then some. The goal is for the student to create new works that excite and reflect the bizarre nature of the process. This event will be held in room 309, on the third floor of the Catalyst Building.

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Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir’s memoir ANTIMAN (Restless Books 2021) received the 2019 Restless Books’ New Immigrant Writing Prize. He is also the author of three books of poetry including Cutlish (Four Way Books 2021), The Cowherd’s Son (Tupelo Press 2017, winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize... Read More →

Friday April 22, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Catalyst 309 601 E Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99202