September 2021: Workshop w/ Ellie Swensson
[Workshop Details Forthcoming]
Ellie Swensson is a queer southern femme currently writing poems in Denver, CO. She earned her MFA from Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in 2015. She is the founder and co-director of Writers Warehouse, a profile of the which is forthcoming in the next issue of the Community Literacy Journal. Swensson is an active community builder and collaborator, with over 7 years of program experience including the reading series Bouldering Poets and Krewhouse, collaborations with the City of Boulder’s Office and Art + Culture, Boulder Public Library, Denver’s Small Press Fest, Jaipur Literature Festival, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Biennial of the Americas, Boulder Creative Collective, and more. Swensson is a firm believer that poetics is what occurs where eros, divinity, activism, and careful craft intersect. Her poems are published in a handful of places you may know, but she prefers her words alive in the mouth and the body. Her debut collection of poems, salt of us, was published in 2019.
- This workshop runs from September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021.
- Workshops consist of one video per week for each week in the month. Videos are 45-60 minutes long, and are shared on a private YouTube account.
- Class discussions are held via Slack.
- All readings, creative prompts, and shared artwork will be exchanged via a private Google Drive folder.
- All workshops are designed for you. Dedicate as much or as little time to the workshop per week as you'd like.
- This workshop is taught in English, but collective.aporia offers subtitles for the workshop videos in over 60 languages. If you have questions about language accommodations, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collective.aporia believes in paying working artists fairly for their time and work. As a diverse international collective, we also believe strongly in valuing fair exchange—whether that be monetary, energetic, or otherwise.
Because of these beliefs, our workshop donations all begin at a $40 base rate with the option to give additional donation amounts, if you’re able. Seventy percent of the donations go to facilitator, and the remainder goes back into collective.aporia for operational expenses.
Participants also have the option to donate money towards the community scholarship, which provides opportunities to folks from these communities to attend workshops at no cost.
Please check out this page to learn more and/or apply for the scholarship.
We understand that not everyone has the financial means to donate $40. In the spirit of collaboration and exchange, we have developed a work exchange initiative that allows folks to choose what kind of work they would like to trade for free entry into the workshop. Examples of this work include writing blog posts, creating and sharing social media content, editing video subtitles, etc.
Thank you for your generosity!