This will be a three-part series workshop, in which we explore writing poetry through different kinds of excavation:
—Excavation through deepening our understanding of the word or words to describe a thought
—Excavation through identity
—Excavation through pieces of a story
We will look at the excavation process of writing poetry and go deeper in to uncover a great piece.
Gladira Velázquez has served in many roles; Pre-K Teacher, Home Educator, Administrative Assistant, Family Liaison, HR Specialist and Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention. She would also proclaim # I AM A WRITER. A culmination of her personal and professional experiences would make her an advocate for family partnerships, a proponent for equity and access to quality early childhood education, a lover of words that hold the power to change and an Afro Latina, black woman, who holds her head up high because of her ancestors, who left their marks, bent their backs so that her spine could be upright and her gaze forward. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention in Human Resources for Ithaca City School District. She recently published a bilingual poem “Dump Trump ¿Y ahora qué?” in the anthology 2020: The Year That Changed America by Kevon Powell’s writing workshop.