Community Lab & Social Hours with Poet Marty McConnell

Posted 10 November 2015

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"Marty McConnell is not for the faint of heart: The artist's performance poetry blows through the border checkpoints of faith, freedom, gender, humanity, integrity and sex in ways that are frequently beautiful, sometimes transgressive and, in her most exhilarating work, both at once." - D. Madaris

SOCIAL HOUR

Thurs, Nov 19 & Sat, Nov 21 | 6:30p | Free and open to the public!

COMMUNITY LAB
Sat, Nov 21 | 4 - 6p | $15 | More info below

Must register in advance to attend. Registration ends at Noon on Friday, November 20

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About the Social Hour

The Gerding Theater at the Armory has existed as a civic and cultural hub in Portland for generations. As part of our commitment to that legacy, PCS invites talent from across the city’s creative landscape to host custom-curated events each week inside our historic home. These social hours will provide a fun setting in which to meet creative personalities and exchange perspectives.

Hors d’oeuvres provided and your first drink is on the house!


Community Lab

Fierce Voice: getting past genre to get real on page and stage

Whether we’re writing poetry, prose, plays, or pleas for forgiveness, it takes guts to get real. In this lab, we will explore ways to break through the constraints of genre and get past the internal and external censors who limit our fierce voices.

We will examine the groundbreaking work of published writers, engage in guided exploratory writing, and share new or pre-existing writing. Participants should come prepared with something to write on and with, as well as 10 copies of a poem if they are interested in possibly having the group critique their work.

No previous workshop experience required! This lab has been constructed to accommodate experienced practitioners as well as adventurous beginners.

Whether we’re writing poetry, prose, plays, or pleas for forgiveness, it takes guts to get real. In this lab, we will explore ways to break through the constraints of genre and get past the internal and external censors who limit our fierce voices.

We will examine the groundbreaking work of published writers, engage in guided exploratory writing, and share new or pre-existing writing. Participants should come prepared with something to write on and with, as well as 10 copies of a poem if they are interested in possibly having the group critique their work.

No previous workshop experience required! This lab has been constructed to accommodate experienced practitioners as well as adventurous beginners.


Biography

Part of the vanguard of poets fusing and refusing the delineations between literary and oral poetry, Marty McConnell’s work blurs the lines between autobiography and personae to comment on and illuminate what it means to live and love outside the lines in early 21st century America.

McConnell is the author of wine for a shotgun, (EM Press, 2012), which received the Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards. She is also a seven-time National Poetry Slam team member, the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC) Champion, and appeared twice on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.”

McConnell’s work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2014, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement, as well as journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Willow Springs, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard, and Beloit Poetry Journal, among others.

McConnell was recently selected for a residency at Hedgebrook, and debuted a collaborative and interactive performance experience entitled "when they say you can't go home again, what they mean is you were never there," with installation artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro through a grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

McConnell transplanted herself from Chicago to New York City in 1999, after completing the first of three national tours with The Morrigan, an all-female performance poetry troupe she co-founded. She received her MFA in creative writing/poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and for nearly a decade, co-curated the flagship reading series of the New York City-based louderARTS Project. She returned to Chicago in 2009 to launch Vox Ferus, an organization dedicated to empowering and energizing individuals and communities through the written and spoken word.

She has performed and facilitated workshops at schools and festivals around the country, including The Dodge Poetry Festival, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Wicker Park Arts Festival, Connecticut Poetry Festival, Cornell University, University of Utah, James Madison University, Old Dominion, University of Connecticut, University of Arkansas, DePaul University, and more. She lives in Chicago, and travels the country performing and leading workshops, as well as coaching individuals in moving toward their best lives.

Online at http://www.martyoutloud.com

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