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Free Write with Khalisa Rae (Registration Not Required)

  • Friday, March 17, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Friday Free Write with Khalisa Rae

Call and Response Writing: - Exploring Sound & Mining the Music, Rhythm, and Lyric in Our Poetry

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From Janis Joplin to Madonna, to Earth Wind and Fire and James Brown, in this free write we will find the music within our writing by responding to some of the industry's most influential voices. Music is poetry set to a beat, rhythm, and meter. Far too often, our poetry and prose is missing musicality, rhythm, and sound. Sound is so important to everything we create, which is why writers like Terrance Hayes and Jericho Brown have written whole collections based on music. Let's bring back the sound and sonic brilliance to our work by exploring and playing with our favorite singer/ songwriters. Songs have the ability to evoke emotion, draw out memories, make us feel something new and different. Khalisa will help you spark inspiration with a beat, catchy tune, and hidden messages and metaphors found in music that we may have missed. Join her for this free write where we talk back to the greats in hopes of inspiring new work!

Khalisa Rae is an award-winning storyteller, poet, and activist, and the author of the acclaimed poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girls Throat, the chapbook, Real Girls, Have Real Problems,and the sold-out play production, 7+ Deadly Sins of Being a Woman. As a arts and humanities historian and  lover of Black Southern narratives, stories and poetry have been featured in the Cameron Art Museum, Southern Humanities Review Anthology, NC Museum of History and more. A lifelong advocate for women's rights and steward and literary education, Khalisa has taught on both the collegiate level, public school, and is a former Catapult instructor. As a trained performer and playwright, her powerful work has been featured in countless literary journals and magazines such as Pinch, PANK, Autumn House, Jezebel, Bitch Media, Blavity, NBC-BLK. Her powerful feminist poetry has landed her an Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Award, a Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, numerous Pushcart nominations, among countless others. Khalisa Rae is currently the founder of Think in Ink: BIPOC Literary Collective, Women Speak reading series, and the forthcoming YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden. Find her online at

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