Spring Craft Intensive: Julián Delgado Lopera


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VOICE POP with Julián Delgado Lopera
Saturday, April 15
12 – 3 PM PST

In this course, open to writers with all levels of experience, we will focus on crafting voice from language that is usually “discarded”: oral traditions, spoken word, language that’s fleeting. For instance, how do we translate our aunties’ magnificent rhythmical storytelling at the beauty salon into a story? How do we use our grandmother’s tongue? A drag queen’s sassy monologue? How do we rescue language that doesn’t typically make it into “high literature”?

We will look at how writers we so admire build voice with the goal of borrowing their ways of triggering and sculpting from the material of the imagination. This is a generative intensive, which will also include close readings and discussion. Students will leave with concrete strategies for developing voice and for creating a nonjudgmental playful relationship to writing.

BIO: Julián Delgado Lopera is the author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical (Feminist Press 2020), the Winner of the 2021 Ferro Grumley Award and a 2021 Lambda Literary award; a finalist of the 2020 Kirkus Prize in Fiction and the 2021 Aspen Literary Prize. Julián is also the author of Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017) and ¡Cuéntamelo! (Aunt Lute 2017) an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants which won a 2018 Lambda Literary Award and a 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award. Julián’s received fellowships and residencies from Hedgebrook, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, Headlands Center for The Arts, Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto. Their work has appeared in Granta, Teen Vogue, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, The White Review, to name a few. They are the former executive director of RADAR Productions and one of the founders of Drag Queen Story Hour. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Julián currently resides in San Francisco.