ONLINE Race, Poetry, and Resistance
How do poets of colour and indigenous writers draw on experiences of colonialism and race to innovate poetic forms and develop other ways of being in the world? This series of 8 workshops will explore the relationship between colonialism, indigeneity, racial identity, and poetic innovation through an examination of contemporary Canadian and American writers such as Janet Rogers, Gillian Sze, Dionne Brand, Evie Shockley, Zulfikar Ghose, and Bhanu Kapil. The workshop is structured around a mini lecture, discussion, and writing activity. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Asher Ghaffar’s debut collection of poetry, Wasps in a Golden Dream Hum a Strange Music (ECW Press, 2008) created an innovative language to investigate the impact of race on the psyche. His forthcoming collection, SS Komagata Maru, was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Award in Literature in 2011. Ghaffar’s works have appeared in Literary Review of Canada and The New Quarterly among others. In his past life, he managed the writing centre at the University of Calgary and taught rhetoric at the University of Saskatchewan while he edited a cross-cultural collection of essays on the politics of world literature that was published with Routledge in 2018. Ghaffar is currently completing a book of creative-critical essays that will be published with Routledge next year while he continues to teach writing at George Brown College. His works have been recognized by awards from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.