ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Sunday, September 10, 2017
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue (just east of Thickson Road)
$85 for members, $95 for non-members
Indigenous poetry is inherently decolonial. It disrupts the colonial imagination. Part of Shannon's objective for an Indigenous Poetics
one-day workshop is to decolonize poetics, and overthrow the colonial mindset of Canadian poetry as we honour the land, ancestors, and every line break and stanza inscribed on Turtle Island.
Break new poetic ground through decolonial practices, and fuse Indigenous and non-Indigenous poetic strategies through various exercises, Traditional knowledge and ancestral poetic wisdom.
Poets at all levels are welcome—Indigenous and non-Indigenous who don’t know where to start from, to others who are wrestling with what it means to live and write unceded and unsurrendered Mississauguas of Scugog Island First Nation territory. Given the ongoing effects of colonization, we are at a crossroads on Turtle Island, and it is our responsibility as poets to reconnect with the lands and waters. Our role as poets is to honour the ancestors, and create a poetic footprint for generations to come.
This workshop will give examples and exercises to unpack and dismantle the colonial agenda through poetics. Along with several Indigenous poets like Liz Howard, Jordan Abel, Brian Brett, some examples will come from other Indigenous knowledge systems (e.g. the medicine wheel, healing plants, and philosophy), all poetics will be First Nations thinkers, writers, and idea makers. So bring pen, paper and open heart.
About Shannon Webb-Campbell
Shannon Webb-Campbell is a Mi’kmaq poet, writer, and critic. Still No Word
(Breakwater, 2015), recipient of Egale Canada’s Out In Print Award, is her first collection of poems. She was Canadian Women In Literary Arts critic-in-residence 2014, and is a board member. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia, a BA from Dalhousie University, and currently is working towards a MA in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a member of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation.
Lunch is NOT included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.