Workshop #1: Navigating Joy

On June 13th, 2021, we hosted our very first poetry workshop in McAllen, Texas at a local coffee shop, Labyrinth B.C.A. The theme was "Navigating Joy". It was a hot, sticky, and sunny RGV Sunday where community members from different regions of the borderlands came together to engage in the art of storytelling. We did not know what to expect as this was an outdoor event during the hottest time of the summer. Would a poetry workshop be enough to bring people out? What happened next was the beginning to a five-month journey and experience none of us would forget.    

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Gloria Anzaldúa

Pastries - $4

Butter Croissant - $2.5

Coffee/Tea - $1

Fresh Juice - $2

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Workshop Outline

  • Welcome

  • Introduce Project, Theme, and Agenda for the day

  • Introduce work of Gloria Anzaldúa Chapter 5: How to Tame a Wild Tongue "Wild tongues can't be tamed, they can only be cut out."

  • Exercise 1: Grounding & Sensory exercise led by Gabby. Brief reflection on how that felt.

  • Open discussion: Are there any storytellers in your family/community?

  • Snack/Water Break

  • Introduce Craft Cultura team/Team reads sections of Anzaldúa chapter

  • Exercise 2: Poetry musical chairs. Each team will select one person to share what their table wrote.

  • Closing reflections