CONCA Workshops Continue in May

Posted: May 27, 2015 by conca1 in poetry, public service, workshop
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It is incredible the feedback and enthusiasm that young people show for poetry and the creative process. Here are just a few scenes from the two most recent workshops provided by CONCA members:

Rossy Lima, author of Ecos de Barro, presented a workshop on Nahuatl poetry to much acclaim from the students and staff. She starts off by examining the  established love of poetry in the Americas long befor the presence of Western thought in this hemisphere.

Isaac Chavarria, author of Poxo, presented his workshop excercise which involves the game of “Loteria” which always seems to win first place as far as fun activities go.

Chris Carmona, author of I Have Always Been Here, Beat, and My (Mex)quite Beat Refried Revolution, engages students in “Poetry Calistenics” which is a series of verbal exercises with tongue twisting rhymes which leads to the formation of a collaborative poem; also loads of fun for the young kids.

I, Gabriel H. Sanchez, provide the final exercise on a self-exploration of the individual’s identity by talking about my family and culutural background and how it led to the poetry that comprises the work in my book “The Fluid Chicano.”

The students are then led to create a poem of their own at the end of each exercise which is inserted into their very own “CONCA Workshop Chapbook” which they keep as their first official poetry publication.

It is an honor and a  priviledge to be helping inspire in these young minds a little interest that can transform into a great result in the future for the stories of the border to be told by more and more of the people of this region.

(Some pictures were taken at the Llano Grande Center. Other pictures presented here were taken at Donna North High School and Donna High.)

Gabriel H.S.

CONCA Director of Public Relations

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