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Workshop / Displacing Mythologies with Cynthia Dewi Oka & Hari Alluri

March 16 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm PDT

On Wednesday, March 16 from 6pm to 8pm, join Massy Arts, and writers Cynthia Dewi Oka + Hari Alluri for “Displacing Mythologies: Arguing with the Characters Who Haunt Us”, an in-person literary workshop hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery.

Alluri says: “We believe at least one of the several responsibilities of the poet is to argue with the world and so we are searching for a poetics of dissent in a social climate that cultural philosopher Byung-Chul Han has termed the ‘inferno of the same’.”

At the event, through a generative workshop, mentors will explore the use of fictional / mythological characters as counterpoints to the speaker, as a way to externalize internal conflicts in order to approach what might feel unsayable in the actual world.

The event will be hosted at 23 East Pender Street in Vancouver.

Entrance is upon ticket fee, and registration is mandatory.

Covid Protocols: For all in-person events, attendees must provide proof of vaccination, wear a mask (N95 masks are encouraged and recommended as they offer the best protection), and consent to having their temperature checked at the front door. We kindly ask that if you are showing any symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

Click here to register for the event

Click here to purchase Cynthia Dewi Oka’s Fire Is Not a Country

Click here to purchase Hari Alluri’s The Flayed City

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Mentors

Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is a migrant poet of Filipinx & South Asian descent living and writing on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Qayqayt, Kwikwetlem lands. Author of The Flayed City (Kaya Press), co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press, and co-editor of We Were Not Alone: a Community Building Art Works anthology, his work appears recently in AALR, The Capilano Review’s ti-TCR, filling Station, Kweli, Marías at Sampaguitas, poetry in canada, and Best of the Net 2021 (via Split This Rock). He has received fellowships and grants from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Las Dos Brujas, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and others.

Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Fire Is Not a Country (2021) and Salvage (2017) from Northwestern University Press, and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (2016) from Thread Makes Blanket Press. A recipient of the Amy Clampitt Residency, Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize, and the Leeway Transformation Award, her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, POETRY, Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Hyperallergic, Guernica, The Rumpus, ESPNW, and elsewhere. Her experimental poem, Future Revisions, was exhibited at the Rail Park billboard in Philadelphia in summer 2021. An alumnus of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has taught creative writing at Bryn Mawr College and New Mexico State University, and with arts organizations such as Blue Stoop, Asian Arts Initiative, The Speakeasy Project, Kundiman, and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. She is originally from Bali, Indonesia.

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