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Small Press Traffic presents… Online Workshops with Dana Ward and CA Conrad!

By Harriet Staff

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San Francisco–and Cincinnati– and Philadelphia– come straight to you courtesy of Small Press Traffic’s upcoming online writing workshops. February is all about CA Conrad’s workshop, “Flowers Dreaming the Elevation Allegiance” and March is about Dana Ward’s workshop, “HOLOPHOLLOPHILIA.” Sign up for both now– it’s going to be great!

CA CONRAD’S WORKSHOP:
FLOWERS DREAMING THE ELEVATION ALLEGIANCE

You’re invited to the first in a series of month-long and one-day workshops taught by a different writer each month throughout 2014. For February we’re so excited to begin the series with:

CA CONRAD
FLOWERS DREAMING THE ELEVATION ALLEGIANCE
SUNDAYS: 1pmPST/3pmEST
admission $100-150 sliding scale for four three-hour workshops

(Soma)tic poetry rituals create what we can refer to as an “extreme present” set to reveal the creative viability of everything around us. With (Soma)tics we will learn how even in crisis we can thrive through the poems, as well as learn to collaborate in unexpected ways with other artistic disciplines. Soon we’ll all agree with Alice Notley saying, “poetry’s so common hardly anyone can find it.” (PLEASE NOTE: Each student who participates in all 4 weeks will receive a personalized (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual focused on their own writing concerns.)

You will be given a site code to sign in to the class upon registration. For more information email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com.

AND

DANA WARD
You’re invited to the March installment in a series of month-long and one-day ONLINE workshops taught by a different writer each month throughout 2014. For this month we’re so full of happiness to continue the series with:

DANA WARD
HOLOPHONOPHILIA
SATURDAYS: 11amPST/2pmEST
admission $100-150 sliding scale for four three-hour workshops
Each class will be held online through a video conferencing website.

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Holophonic Sounds are designed to trick your mind into seeing alternate realities. Poetry too. But Holophonia is probably bunk. Bootleg. Make believe. Poetry too, & not at all.

So in this class we’ll listen to stuff, then we’ll write in relation to what we heard. Each week we’ll constellate sounds for each other; songs, readings, field recordings, whatever. We’ll share our playlists with the group. Then we’ll make some poems by way of our various involvements with these aural arrangements, attending all the while where & how we’re listening. The facts of our production, our made-ness & our making.

Maybe we’re closer to what’s known as ‘music’ than to what’s known as ‘the human.’ So we’ll try to hear for one another in that ordinary way, ‘like signals from a more intense life, a life that has not really been found.’ We’re favored by such sounds. They’re what we call our favorites. We’ll linger there, heartsick, ’cause, uh, the world, but we’ll hold our disease with a scavenger’s ear for the writing of some mash notes on our heavenly afflictions.

WORKSHOP LEADER BIO
Dana Ward is the author of Some Other Deaths of Bas Jan Ader (Flowers & Cream), The Crisis of Infinite Worlds (Futurepoem) This Can’t Be Life (Edge Books), & several other little books throughout the years. He lives in Cincinnati, hosts the Cy Press @ Thunder Sky Inc readings series, & edits, along with Paul Coors, Perfect Lovers Press.

QUESTION AND SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS
Please email smallpresstraffic@gmail.com

Learn more at the official website for Small Press Traffic.

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Posted in Poetry News on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Harriet Staff.