Winter Craft Intensive: Cynthia Manick


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Superhero Poetics: How We Wear the “S” on Our Own Chests with Cynthia Manick
Saturday, January 21
8 AM – 11 AM PST/ 11 AM – 2 PM EST

What elements or connections frame how we see ourselves in the mirror? The etymology of the self is connected to the family you have or make, the body electric, and how similar we are to myth, animal, or superhero. Everyone has an origin story and it can be real, fantastical, or a combination of both. Are you a superhero, villain, or observer of your own story? And if you could interview Batman or Superman, what answers would they give? In this craft talk and workshop, participants will explore and generate their own creation myths through direct address, confessional, and persona. We will discuss poems by Tina Chang, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Lucille Clifton, and Tara Betts.

BIO: Cynthia Manick is the author of No Sweet Without Brine (Amistad-HarperCollins, 2023), editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry, winner of the Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry, and author of Blue Hallelujahs. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, and Château de la Napoule among other foundations. Manick is the creator of the Soul Sister Revue reading series and her work has been featured in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Callaloo, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.