How do poems resist, refuse, and set into bloom more inhabitable worlds?

Rock/Paper/Scissors Workshop Series:
Writing Workshop with Jesse Ruddock

February 24, 2024 / 9:30am – 12:30pm
6 Dublin St South / Guelph, Ontario


How do poems resist, refuse, and set into bloom more inhabitable worlds?

This workshop will explore poetry as central to self-expression and community-building in times of conflict. We will read viral poems, with broad global circulation, by Palestinian poets including Mosab Abu Toha and Refaat Alareer, asking: How are these poems structured? How do they build meaning? What writing tools help us to communicate powerfully? We will also read poems that ask questions about homelands, borders, and the free movement of people, by writers such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Safia Elhillo, and Aline Mello. This workshop will take the form of a seminar. Participants will be invited to read the selected poems aloud and to collaborate in shaping the discussion around them. Participants will also be given a structured poetic project to begin in the workshop session. No experience required. All are welcome.

Accessibility information: The workshop will occur on the main floor of the Boarding House Arts. Washrooms on site are not wheelchair accessible.

Artist Bio:

Jesse Ruddock is a writer, musician, and photographer. She is author of the novel Shot-Blue (Coach House, 2017). Her work has appeared in the NewYorker.com, N+1, BOMB, Vice, Music and Literature, and more. She is an Instructor of Creative Writing at York University and cofounder of O BOD, an antidiscipline magazine of contemporary art.