Art Writing Workshops: writing workshops to walk participants through a methodology I use to analyze and write about art objects. The methodology I teach comes in steps: Name it. By naming, we articulate a particular aspect of the art object that we’re paying direct attention to. Artist’s theme: For the second step, we think about the theme that the artist is conveying with the aspect that was just named. Outside/other conversations: For this step, we think about the conversations that are helping us understand the piece. Analysis: The final step is where we pull it all together and add our “two cents." We will have group and individual discussions about a variety of art objects.
Experimental Composition: experimental composition workshop where students can have the opportunity to play around with different genres of their choice. This course will teach students from various creative/critical backgrounds to have the confidence to celebrate their own creative voice and use that voice to manifest innovative and ethical projects–– be it creative writing, academic writing, podcast, digital media, etc. I will ask students a series of discussion questions that ultimately get them to think about why a creator would need to use a particular genre to get their message across.
Reflections on Black Art: As a PhD student, my primary area of study is contemporary Black art and literature. With this workshop, I help students understand how the works of contemporary Black writers and artists build upon and repurpose the conceptual and political categories, as well as the aesthetic practices, of their literary and visual predecessors. We have conversations about what the arts are saying about embodied Blackness in the contemporary and historical sense. We work together to break down some heavy loaded concepts (like mobility, gestures, and getting away from a sacrilegious understanding of Blackness and Black art) to keep driving these conversations forward.
Studying Speculative Fiction: In this workshop, we examine leading speculative writers, such as Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and others. While examining these texts, our main question is: How and what do these works make possible that is not possible/not found in our colonial reality? Together, we look for the ways speculative works demonstrate the process by which our various material conditions become manipulated, coded, hyper-visible, and invisible (among other phenomena). But speculative fiction texts allow us a glimpse outside of that reality. We will look for gaps that go beyond these scenes of subjection and move into a different world where existence looks different.