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Poetry’s a Drag: A Workshop
September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sissy that Poem! This free public workshop shares facilitator Brian Sonia-Wallace’s ongoing exploration of queering poetry through performance, borrowing the vocabulary of drag to create “poetry runway” performance. Sonia-Wallace’s work explores what it means for poetry to be embodied by moving performers through space and embracing clothing as an important intertextual part of the performance. This workshop will last 2 hours and be free to the public, using the space and generous costume rack of 24th Street Theatre. Participants will write 3 poems using prompts, then choose one to develop, creating a full character “look” and runway presentation to show off their creations. Participants may also bring an existing poem to create performance around. This work builds on previous poetry/performance workshops at Liminal LA, as well as Sonia-Wallace’s Pride Poetry Pop-ups project with the City of West Hollywood. Sonia-Wallace is a Harper Collins author, winner of Mall of America, Amtrak, and Boston Harbor writer’s residencies, and the founder of RENT Poet, a company that brings typewriter poets to events. He guest lectures on poetry and performance at UCLA and teaches regularly with Get Lit – Words Ignite and 24th Street Theater.