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.