POETRY FOR THE FUTURE

Poetry for the Future is a 6-day intensive summer poetry writing workshop for queer and trans youth residing in Centre County. Taught by nationally-recognized poet Nico Amador, this workshop invites young people to unleash their imaginative powers and explore language and poetry as a grounds for investigating their voices, identities, and perspectives on the world around them. The workshop will break from the ways poetry is usually taught in high school classrooms, focusing less on prosody (meter, form, etc.) and instead coming to understand poetry as a grounds for discovery—a place where rules can be broken, traditions borrowed and made new, visionary possibilities can be enacted, and vulnerabilities in one's own experience can be transformed as a source of strength and creativity. In developing Poetry for the Future, we are responding to the lack of platforms for queer and trans youth voices in our region, as well as to the dearth of expert, extracurricular creative writing instruction for youth in general. This program is in collaboration with the Centre LGBTQA Support Network and is supported in part by the Centre Foundation’s Centre Children’s Fund.
 

Poetry for the Future is made possible by generous support from individual donors, as well as from the Centre Foundation’s Centre Children’s Fund.