So, poet Luivette Resto and novelist Désirée Zamorano came over to The Garcia Center for the Arts last Saturday. Luivette led an hour long poetry workshop in the gallery room at the center and, through presenting the work of Audre Lorde and James Baldwin, helped attendees come up with fresh and thoughtful work.
After folks from the audience volunteered to share their work, Désirée and Luivette performed for us. Désirée read from The Amado Women and inspired everyone with her retelling of a classic fairytale, given a Chicana-twist. Then Luivette performed and it was both passionate and accessible, and demonstrated, as many readers have at The Garcia Center for the Arts, such as Chiwan Choi, that poetry doesn’t have to be filtered.
And that’s what the following discussion focused on, the theme of ‘filters.’ Whether this be race, motherhood, or merely the expectations readers bring, Isabel, our President, prompted a focused and invigorating discussion that brought filters down.
We hope you folks will be able to make it to “Sin Filtro 2,” which will take place on Saturday the 24th of February at The Garcia Center for the Arts.
We’re proud to announce that through the hard work of our President Isabel Quintero, who did the research, created programming, and applied, PoetrIE is the proud recipient of a California Humanities Quick Grant.
We’re extremely grateful to California Humanities and are very excited about the programming we’ve got lined up for the New Year. “Sin Filtro: Workshop, Readings, and Discussion Series” will bring local writers into San Bernardino to provide inspiring and thought provoking literary culture open to all.
We’re also proud to say that a great deal of the money will be going straight back into the community as we will be renting space at The Garcia Center for the Arts in San Bernardino and hiring local authors to read. (By-the-way, make sure you check out their Facebook page for events upcoming events.)
Jason Magabo Perez
Isabel will be posting shortly with more details, so we hope you can keep your pants on till then. There are going to be dates, and names, and you’ll be able to RSVP, so don’t worry. Until then, keep up-to-date on our Facebook, Twitter (@Poetrie_tweets), and Instagram (@poetrieorg).
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