Friday | March 11, 2016

Festival

10:00am – 12:00pm  |  Safe Spaces
Undoing Racism w/ Pamela Sneed
Stress Free Zone w/ Grace Kendall

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Undoing Racism: Discussion led by Pamela Sneed, Undoing Racism is an Anti-Racism workshop geared towards unpacking micro aggressions and disassembling the fear of healthy discussions about race.
Stress Free Zone: Grace Kendall offers resources, materials & DIY Stress-Free Zone work space.

10:00am – 12:00pm  |  Publishing Panel

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Join women publishers from the journal world in a discussion about the pros and cons when publishing with small presses, independent presses and literary journals.
Presses:
Rachel Levinski with Belladonna
Emmalea Russo with Ugly Duckling Presse
Diamond Sharp with The Offing

10:00am – 12:00pm  | Monologue of the Body

Location: Dekalb Hall | Pratt Institute
Description: Led by April Ranger. How do our bodies store sorrow, joy, shame, grief? So much of each personal history resides in our muscles, bones and breath. Looking specifically at the work of Aracelis Girmay and Wislawa Szymborska, this writing workshop will challenge you to write for, from and towards the body from both a personal and political perspective.

12:30pm – 1:45pm  | Black Girl Flyy w/ Falu

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: African American themed workshop followed by an open mic led by Brooklyn native and poet Falu.

12:30pm – 1:30pm  | Nerd Slam

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Hosted by Melissa Newman Evans. Poets are quizzed by nerd experts on nerd topics of their choice. Poets who answer correctly perform their nerd poem.

12:30pm – 1:45pm  | TransWriting Workshop

Location: Dekalb Hall | Pratt Institute
Description: Led by Alain Ginsberg and Linette Reeman, this writing workshop examines what makes a “trans poem” a “trans poem” through the intersections of radical vulnerability. This workshop is geared towards transgender and gender non-conforming people, but cis/queer people can sit in. However, we ask that non-GNC-identified people not participate.

12:30pm-1:45pm | Volunteer Open Mic

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall
Description: This event, formally known as the Beauty vs. Brawn, encourages volunteers of all genders to share their own poetry.

2:00pm – 3:30pm  | Asian American Workshop & Reading

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description:  Asian American Writers Workshop and Reading led by Eugenia Leigh.

2:00pm – 3:30pm  | Page Meets Stage

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: Page Meets Stage: Two poets take the stage together and read back and forth, poem for poem, in an ongoing poetic conversation about where poetry exists. Ostensibly, one poet is more page-oriented and the other more performative, but the line often dissolves as the poets come together.
Featuring: Aja-Monet & Natalie EilbertHost: April Ranger

2:00pm – 3:30pm  | Grant Writing for Artists

Location: Dekalb Hall | Pratt Institute
Description: Grant writing for Artists: “Writing for Support” is a unique grant writing workshop geared toward creative minds. Facilitator Morgan Lindsey Tachco of Bklyn Arts Council will introduce skills that artists can incorporate into a creative practice in order to improve their grant writing, and guide participants through a basic writing exercise that will leave them with an outline of a proposal.

2:00pm – 3:30pm  | Visible & Invisible Disabilities Reading

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall
Description: Led by SaraEve. The purpose of this reading is to create a safe, accountable space where people who are living with both visible and invisible disabilities can share their stories with like-minded individuals. A space that is 100% accessible to all individuals and free from judgement, open to communication. Where individuals can share their poetry and cultivate conversations surrounding the body, neurodiversity, language and intersectionality.

4:00pm – 5:30pm | Poets Studio w/ Sarah Kay

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: An intimate interview with Ted Talk Poet and Literary Teaching Consultant Sarah Kay, facilitated by Pratt MFA Writing Cohort member Mahogany L. Browne.

4:00pm – 5:30pm  |  MC  & Bout Manager Orientation

Location: Women Writers of Color Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library
Description: All MC and Bout Manager Volunteers must attend this orientation to assure they have their passes and that their IDs and phone numbers are noted for emergencies.

Divider CityPreliminary Bouts

Description: The order in which poets perform in the first round of each bout is assigned by a random draw at registration. Poets will compete in one, two round bout each night, having a different slate of competitors each night. The first round of every bout will have a calibration poet, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a sorbet.

Friday: 2 minute / 3 minute

First Round: poets read a two minute poem. The order of the second round is determined by the score in the first round: poets will read in order from high to low score. Second Round: poets read a three minute poem.

6:30pm-8:00pm

Preliminary Bout

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library

Preliminary Bout

Location: Fishbowl | Pratt Institute Memorial Hall Basement 

Preliminary Bout

Location: Chapel | Pratt Institute East Building

Preliminary Bout

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall

8:30pm-10:00pm

Preliminary Bout

Location: Alumni Reading Room | Pratt Institute Library

Preliminary Bout

Location: Fishbowl | Pratt Institute Memorial Hall Basement 

Preliminary Bout

Location: Chapel | Pratt Institute East Building

Preliminary Bout

Location: Design Gallery | Pratt Institute Steuben Hall

Divider CityLate Night Event

11:00pm  | Two Truths & A Lie

Location: Brooklyn Colony | 274 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY
Description: Bring your newest or most secret, never-read-out-loud-before poems to this fun late night reading hosted by April Ranger and Sara Brickman. Brooklyn Colony is located near the host hotel, so you can kick back once you get there!

See y’all Saturday…


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