Beyond Baroque: Poems Are Where I Tell the Truth - Being Honest with bridgette bianca
About this Event
There’s something about poetry that begs you to be honest. Unsure of yourself as an adult? Feeling like a badass? In a complicated relationship with food delivery services? Still have love for your ex? Haunted by those bangs you had in high school? Manifesting a life of abundance? Not sure how you feel about toppling the prison industrial complex? No matter how silly or serious the subject, join us for a workshop where we will say the things we never thought we’d say through poetry.
Poems are where we tell the truth . . . sometimes. But the art of performance or awareness of the reader or just plain fear can sometimes dull the sharp edges of our honesty. We’ll look at poems from folks who are good at being honest about what hurts and heals them, what makes them smile fondly or wince dramatically, and what makes them lay awake at night in wonder. And then we will dig into our own truths and tuck some of them into poems . . . if only to be honest with ourselves.
*One scholarship will be awarded for a QTPOC/BIPOC L.A. residing individual who would like to join but does not have the means to do so. Please email us if interested over at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the workshop facilitator:
bridgette bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College of Art & Design. bridgette bianca has performed her poetry all around Southern California, including features at The World Stage, the Southern California Poetry Festival, Los Angeles Lit Crawl, the Table Lit, LitFest Pasadena, Rapp Saloon, La Palabra, Beyond Baroque, and the un::fade::able Reading Series. She’s been featured on podcasts like KCRW/NPR’s Greater LA, Private Parts Unknown, and the Great American Folk Show. Her first book of poetry, be/trouble, was released by Writ Large Press/The Accomplices in February 2020 and was recently listed in The 2020 L.A. Taco Book Guide: 32 L.A.-Centered Books To Read, Gift, And Get Inspired On and recommended in PEN America’s Collections for Our Moment: Reading List. bridgette bianca’s work as a writer and an educator seeks to serve the people and moments most forget or ignore.