The Queer Poets--Gender Enlightenment
Poem-Making Against Hate & Ignorance
With Jim Moreno
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1:00 P.M. To 5:00 P.M.
In the lovely
home of poet Barbara Huntington in Bonita
After you register our secretary will send you Barbara's address.
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The political climate in our country, guided by leadership
at the very top, amplifies hate and ignorance and is not in the vicinity of tolerance, compassion, and inclusion. Homophobia,
long at the top of the list in sexist vernacular, instead of decreasing in the light of the new millennium, seems to be experiencing
a new life as witnessed by sexist bullying in our schools, media, and institutions. Therefore, in the spirit of Gandhi, Rigoberta
Menchu Tum, Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, Buddhist and Taoist principles of compassion and tolerance, Native American spirituality,
and the rise of a new generation of social activists who are countering neo-bigotry, Jim Moreno offers this course of the
best LGBTQ poets starting with Adrienne Rich and including Queer writers of many generations and cultures.
Moreno returns to the lovely home of Barbara Huntington to address the ways Queer poets have
amplified the grace and depth of literature, poetry performance, and gender understanding & equality. Barbara's Bonita
home will again root workshop participants in themes of women (first two hours) and men (second two hours) who honor and amplify
the beauty and compassion of same sex love and consciousness. In this spirit we remember that many Native American villages
called the gay man or woman two-spirited. And they, the two-spirited, were honored members of the village and were called
upon for their perspective on issues from where to hunt or gather to staying in peace or going to war.
The poets.org website featured a quote by Jessica Jacobs which stated: “And then came Adrienne
Rich and her poem“(The Floating Poem, Unnumbered). Sex, yes, but sex held fast by love. A promise that being queer didn’t
have to mean a life scrabbling in shadows for transitory pleasures. A promise that beyond the constricted world I knew at
fifteen, I might instead inherit a future in which I could live and love in full daylight, that “whatever happens—this
Including Rich, workshop participants will enjoy lucid, sensuous, brilliant poems by Audre Lorde, June Jordan,
& others in the first segment. Langston Hughes, Federico Garcia Lorca, TED Talks' Lee Mokobe, Viejas Reservation's Tommy
Pico, & others will embellish the time in the second part of the workshop. Jim will blend readings with film clips which resonate with gender enlightenment.
Moreno reminds: This
is not a critique workshop. This is a write from your heart workshop conducted in a climate of respect in a Container of acceptance
and respect for all genders and all cultures.
Jim Moreno is a Teaching Artist with San Diego Writers, Ink and on
the Program Committee. He is a Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual. Jim was voted the Residency Teacher of the
Year at Arts 4 Learning for 2016-17. He is the co-host, with Theresa F. of 2nd Tuesday Jihmye Poetry – Open Mic at the Cafe Cabaret. Jim will also co-hosted with Michael Klam Cultures Connect in San Diego at the San Diego Art
Institute in Balboa Park, April 7, 2018., a poetry program featuring 7 poets from diversity including Pilar R. Aranda, Alexis
Ng, Francisco Bustos, Sharon Elise, Viet Mai, Angela Torres, & Ted Washington.