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Virtual Workshop

Monster Mash: Towards a Poetics of Radical Monsterhood

Taught by CD Eskilson, this workshop will explore the work of poets who have reinvented and repurposed classic monster narratives for their own radical ends.

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Monster Mash: Towards a Poetics of Radical Monsterhood
Monster Mash: Towards a Poetics of Radical Monsterhood

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Apr 07, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT

Virtual Workshop

About the event

Workshop Description: What are we saying when we call something a “monster?” The word itself is thought to come from the Latin word monstrare, meaning 'to demonstrate'. In this sense, a monster is quite literally demonstrative—it reveals a deeper truth about a society that unsettles or challenges its dominant narratives. The monster is an inverted mirror exposing our warped perceptions, anxieties, and social values. As a result, monstrosity has been applied to dehumanize and vilify perceived Others based on race, gender, ability, and other socio-cultural factors. At the same time, monsterhood offers a powerful means by which we might reject and work beyond the violence of forces like white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, or heteronormativity. 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the work of poets who have reinvented and repurposed classic monster narratives for their own radical ends. We’ll craft poems that write against as well as through the tropes and values embodied by our favorite creatures to reach a poetics or self-determination and liberation.

About the Presenter: CD Eskilson is a trans poet, editor, and translator living in Arkansas. Their work appears in The Offing, Pleiades, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Ninth Letter, among others. They are a recipient of the C.D. Wright / Academy of American Poets Prize, as well as a Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Pushcart Prize nominee. Their debut poetry collection, Scream / Queen, is forthcoming from Acre Books.

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Want with a minimum set to $10. All proceeds go towards paying our presenters and helping the Press pay for operational expenses. Upon purchase, an email with the Zoom link will be sent to you to attend the workshop. Thank you for your contribution to help keep an indie intersectional press afloat! 

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