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Under the Skin. Contando Cuentos de Nuestra Gente: Resistance and Survival as Legacy
March 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Veronica Sandoval- Lady Mariposa
Workshop 1: Contando Cuentos de Nuestra Gente: Resistance and Survival as Legacy
About the workshop
Through poetry and personal narrative I will discuss how the survival of my mother, and her influence in my life, inspired me to become an hocicona, focusing on the ways in which spoken word/poetry became the outlet which gave us a voice. This workshop encourages participants to bring photos of people in their lives who have most inspired them, as we will discuss the ways in which our loved one’s micro-resistances finds its way into the stories we tell, the people we become, and the legacy we work to leave behind. Participants can also bring paper and pen for writing, or laptops to be used for writing purposes. As a group, we will then work on individual poems, or a larger group poem, using our loved one as reference points in which to begin our poetic cuentos. Before the conclusion of our session we will allow any of the participants that wish to share their pieces, time to read to the group.
Veronica Sandoval is Lady Mariposa, Poet/Spoken Word Artist, and Academic Chola/Graduate Student at Washington State University currently working on her PhD in American Studies. She is from the Rio Grande Valley, Tejas, and has a Spoken World Album entitled Hecha en El Valle: Spoken Word & Borderlands Beats. Her work has appeared in publications from Texas A&M University Press, Aunt Lute Press, VAO Publishing, El Zarape Press, Lamar University Press, and Savant Books & Publications. When Veronica is not running around being a super Xicana feminista hocicona, she enjoys quiet time at home with the chubby vato of her dreams, and their cat named Boots.