Mount Saint Mary College will be hosting a trio of virtual poetry workshops on three Thursdays: April 8, April 15, and April 22 at 4 p.m. each day.
"Poetry for the People," part of the college's Poetry Month Artist Series, will be presented by the Latin Student Union and the Division of Arts and Letters. The series is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend. To register, email James.Phillips@msmc.edu
The workshops will have participants write and share their experiences with mental health, art making, and community building.
The collaborative sessions will be hosted by Stephanie Alvarado, a multidisciplinary artist, archivist, and cultural worker rooted in community-based practices, social justice, and local memory as a form of collective healing.
The three workshops are as follows:
- April 8: Poemas y Recetas for Healing
- April 15: Memory Mapping and Archiving Legacy
- April 22: Performance Poetry as Protest: Speaking Out and Writing
At the core of Alvarado's practice is a dedication to how language, both visual and linguistic, can become a tool for people and their communities to reclaim agency over their histories and narratives. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. by way of Guayaquil, Ecuador, she has worked as an academic in libraries and archives for 15 years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Literary Freedom Project. Alvarado received her BA from NYU in Psychology, Latino Studies, and Public Policy and her MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.