Extremely Online WORKSHOP for June 10, 2020: Alternate Names with Myles Taylor

In accordance with public health concerns, the Boston Poetry Slam has canceled all local events. Instead, we offer the Extremely Online open mic and feature series, weekly on Wednesdays in our usual time slot.

This Extremely Online show takes place via the free online meeting platform Zoom. A Zoom link to access the conference will be posted at 7:40 and the workshop will begin around 8:00 (admission will close at 8:15 to hold space for participants in discussion and writing); optional sharing time will follow the workshop. To gain access to the show, please use the links posted in the Facebook event on the night of the show.

Myles Taylor (they/them) is a transmasculine poet, organizer, award-winning poetry slam competitor, barista, Emerson College alum, Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, and glitter enthusiast. They run Moonlighting: A Queer Open Mic and host at the Boston Poetry Slam. Their work can be found in The Shallow Ends, Academy of American Poets, Washington Square Review, Underblong, Crab Fat Magazine, Slamfind, and others.

In this generative workshop, we will analyze and write through the concept of naming, both the act of naming and the weight of carrying a name. We will read works by Danez Smith, Franny Choi, Robbie Dunning, and others. Directive prompts will be provided, and there will be an opportunity to share your work at the end. No one will be required to share. Poets should come equipped with their own writing utensils and kindness for themselves and others.

Participants are reminded that poetry may contain some strong language, adult themes, and unfiltered ideas; we ask those sharing to remember to be kind and respectful of a diverse listening experience, and to provide trigger warnings when appropriate.

Workshop cost is Pay What You Can, with a suggested donation of $3 via CashApp to $BostonPoetrySlam. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, and Black poets are explicitly invited to attend the workshop at no cost. 100% of proceeds will go to the Mass Bail Fund, and the BPS will use our operating budget to match donations made from 7pm to midnight tonight. Inquiries may be directed to co-curators Lip Manegio and Myles Taylor.