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Art Activism and Ecopoetics

Art Activism and Ecopoetics imageIn this workshop with Jonah Mixon-Webster, participants will consider how documentary practices including photography, film, and performance can report on and intervene in the conditions of their everyday lives. Taking into account the varying and shifting contexts of individual/communal survival for the residents of Flint, Michigan, this workshop will encourage participants to see themselves as art activists with voices capable of dismantling dominant narratives through their writing and creative/conceptual productions. Writer’s imaginations and models of possibility will be supported with examples from Camille Dungy, Benda Iijima, Vievee Francis, and selected excerpts from Best American Experimental Writing 2018. After participating in this workshop, writers will be emboldened to continue a practice of political advocacy and creative intervention for themselves and others in the City of Flint.

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PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry Winner: Jonah Mixon-WebsterJonah Mixon-Webster is a poet-educator and conceptual/sound artist from Flint, MI. His debut collection, Stereo(TYPE), was selected by Tyrone Williams for the 2017 Sawtooth Poetry Prize from Ahsahta Press. He is completing his Ph.D. in English Studies at Illinois State University, and is the recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, The Conversation Literary Festival, and Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. His poetry and hybrid works are featured or forthcoming in Muzzle, Callaloo, Spoon River Poetry Review, Assaracus, Voluble, Best New Poets 2017, and Best American Experimental Writing 2018. He is 1/6th of the Detroit-based multidisciplinary Black arts collective CTTNN Club (Can’t Take These Niggas Nowhere).