Join Sara Brickman, the night’s scheduled feature, for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour generative workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00.
The workshop is called “Dreaming Through Nightmare,” and the workshop leader offers the following workshop description:
“What makes some experiences hard to talk about? Why are the poems we most need to write often the most difficult to produce? Where does catharsis overlap with art making or diverge from it? How can we reinvent the topic we can’t get away from? How can shame, fear, and toxic memories go from blocks in the writing process to building blocks for a new poem? Within the logic of dreams and nightmares, we are able to do things we could not do in our waking lives: to confront the dead, overcome impossible obstacles, transform our bodies, and see our most terrifying moments as our unconscious perceives them. In this generative workshop we will learn how to construct and use dream imagery to write about trauma(s) and find new routes for saying the unsayable. You’ll leave with the start of two new poems, and new tools for image making you can apply to any poem.”
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 the artist’s donation of time to our space.
Due to the constraints of the venue, this workshop has 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 directly email the SlamMaster.
The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic, slam, and feature from Sara, click here.
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