Filipino Community Poetry Workshop: Filipino American Literary Festival ft. Dujie Tahat

Location: Columbia City Library 4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Date: Oct 14, 2023
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Poetry in Public offers workshops celebrating poetry, guiding you on a journey toward writing a poem that may be featured on King County public transit in 2024.

This workshop aims to encourage participants to write poetry, share personal migration stories, and connect each other’s migration histories to the larger pattern of Filipino migration and reasons for leaving the Philippines. Writing prompts will invite participants to reflect on where they or their family came from in the Philippines and landed after leaving the archipelago. This workshop will take place during the inaugural Filipino American Literary Festival, organized by Filipino American National Historical Society Seattle Chapter.

Filipino Community Liaison Troy Osaki will lead the facilitation of this workshop primarily in English. Osaki is a poet, organizer, and attorney. He will read from his poems and join a Q&A panel during the Filipino American Literary Festival.

Dujie Tahat will be this workshop's Spotlight Poet. They are the author of three chapbooks: Here I Am O My God, selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship; Salat, winner of the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Award and longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection; and Balikbayan, finalist for The New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM chapbook contest and the Center for Book Arts honoree. Dujie has earned fellowships from Kundiman, the National Book Critics Circle, Hugo House, Jack Straw Writing Program, and the Poetry Foundation, as well as a work-study scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Workshops are free and open to the public; please register in advance at the link below.

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