Cantab Workshop for Wednesday, November 6, 2019 with Ashia Ajani

Arrive in advance of tonight’s event for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a generative workshop that is open to anyone all levels of writers and performers who wish to contribute to the night’s feeling of community. Black poets are invited to attend this workshop for free.

Ashia Ajani is a Black storyteller hailing from Denver, Colorado. Her work confronts Black environments and imaginaries, exploring the legacies of trauma and resistance in diaspora communities. Learn more about Ashia, who will also be the featured poet for the night, at this link.

During this workshop, we will explore the dehumanization of Blackness, and how it complicates human-nature relationships. By looking at the poetic traditions of writers like Joy Harjo, Danez Smith and Thylia Moss, we will see how the destruction of the marginalized body mirrors the destruction of the environment, and how to incorporate these themes into our own writings.

Cover charge is $5-$20 sliding scale, which includes admission to the evening show. We ask financially stable poets to consider contributing the higher end of this scale (or more) in order to defer costs for others and support this teaching artist’s generous donation of time to our space. Black poets are invited to attend this workshop at no cost.

Due to the constraints of the venue, our workshop have limited space; room can be guaranteed to poets who identify as POC or queer. The best way to secure a spot in the workshop is to send an email.

The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic and featured poet, click here.