Read to Create: A Workshop with Monica Youn and Krystal Tribbett, featuring the poetry of Tracy K. Smith

Department: Humanities Center

Date and Time: October 15, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Event Location: Zoom

Event Details

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Friday, October 15, 2021
12:00-1:30pm PDT

Zoom meeting, free and open to all. RSVP HERE

In this workshop, poet Monica Youn (UCI English) and curator Krystal Tribbett (UCI Libraries) will explore “Declaration,” a short poem by former Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. How does Smith use a simple technique called erasure to transform a familiar historical document into a compellingly contemporary poem about the world we live in now, and how we got here? And how can you practice this technique yourself, as a tool for self-expression and historical dialogue? Participants will complete the workshop with a poem of their own.

Tracy K. Smith reads her poem, “Declaration”

Tracy K. Smith talks about the technique of erasure

Please hear Tracy K. Smith read her poetry live for the UCI campus and community on October 21, 2021 at 5:00pm PDT:  More information HERE.

The workshop and poetry reading are a joint project of the Humanities Center and Illuminations: The Chancellors Arts and Culture Initiative, under the 2021-22 theme, “To form a more perfect union?”. Additional support from the Campus Climate Council, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Division of Undergraduate Education, and the UCI Libraries.

DUCI DIY: an Opportunity for Undergraduates

The UCI DIY project, in partnership with the Division of Undergraduate Education, UCI Illuminations and the Humanities Center’s ‘To Form a More Perfect Union?’ series, invites undergraduates to submit a range of creative and critical work in robust conversation with the speakers appearing this coming academic year.  In 2021-2022, Illuminations will feature some of our country’s must important, award-winning writers and thinkers, including Tracy K. Smith and Joy Harjo (fall), Viet Thanh Nguyen (winter), and Sandra Cisneros (spring).

Students will have the opportunity to create their own work responding to these speakers’ writing. For each writer, starting with both Smith and Harjo, the UCI DIY website will issue a challenge and call to participate, asking students to create their responses to a speaker using a particular form.  Work can be poems, stories, art work, sound essays, or videos.  Selected student work will be posted on the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) website for the UCI DIY project.

See more info HERE.