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Poetry Is for Everyone: A Workshop with Kyla Jamieson

Monday, November 13, 2023

Online via Zoom


**This event is sold out! Join the waitlist by emailing hello[@]upstartandcrow.com.

Join us for a two-part virtual poetry workshop series with Kyla Jamieson, hosted by Upstart & Crow. Designed for anyone who wishes to develop or deepen their writing practice, this series will incorporate readings, discussion, writing exercises and reflective journaling to help us attune to our poetic potential.

Kyla Jamieson (she/her) is a queer disabled poet and the author of the poetry collection Body Count (2020), which was named one of CBC’s Best Poetry Books of 2020 and shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her body of work challenges normative paradigms of productivity and worth to seek out notions of freedom that centre self-expression, interdependence and accessibility, rather than ability or privilege.

In this series, Kyla will offer anti-ableist frameworks for relating to our creative gifts within the context and limitations of capitalism, climate change, global crisis and systemic injustice. We will read together, write together, and explore poetic forms and tools. In the first session, we will cultivate a reflective and generative space; the second session will offer strategies for revision alongside a discussion on publishing and building creative community.

This is a two-part workshop.

The first session takes place Monday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. PST.
The second session takes place Monday, Nov. 27 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. PST.

This workshop is free, virtual and open to all; curiosity is the only prerequisite. We will be taking an intermission during each session, and captioning will be available. We welcome accessibility requests and inquiries at hello[@]upstartandcrow.com.

Please register at our Eventbrite, as capacity is limited. Registration secures entry into both sessions.

Materials: Notebook and pen, or your usual writing tools.

Much gratitude to the League of Canadian Poets for funding this series.