Welcome to the 6th Annual Ashland Literary Arts Festival! This year’s event focuses on independent story and thought throughout the entire Cascadia region, celebrating not only books, but all forms of expression: literature, poetry, journalism, art, lyrics, comics, film, and documentary. We invite you to come on in, explore the festival schedule, and find the stories that speak to you!
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Saturday, October 28 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Teaching Poetry to Build Community and Consciousness

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In his famous poem “Like You,” Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton wrote, “I believe the world is beautiful/and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” This workshop will demonstrate how poetry is for everyone and that through poetry our students’ lives—the “landscape and bread” of their homes, their ancestors, their struggles, and joys—are invited into classrooms as subjects worthy of study. Students’ histories as members of a particular race, class, neighborhood, or even illness become part of our classroom anthology. During this workshop, participants will reclaim any part of our lives that society has degraded, humiliated, or shamed, and raise it up, share it, and sing praises to that “unanimous blood/of those who struggle.”

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Linda Christensen

Director of the Oregon Writing Project, Lewis & Clark College
Linda Christensen has taught high school Language Arts and worked as Language Arts Curriculum Specialist for almost 40 years. She is currently the Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark. She is the author of Teaching for Joy & Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 206 Hannon Library, Second Floor