Documentary Poetry Workshop with Sallie Fullerton

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November 10, 2022
Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Feminist Media Studio CJ Building, Room 2.130 Concordia University 7141 Sherbrooke W Montreal (QC)

“Poetry can extend the document.” – Muriel Rukeyser

Documentary Poetry is an increasingly important literary genre. A hybrid form, it is often animated by the desire to represent an under-recognized history through the incorporation of documentary practices alongside poetic techniques. In this workshop, we will look at how poetry collaborates with other media to “extend the document” by offering alternate pathways into a subject through new assemblages.

Together we will explore the genre of documentary poetry – poetry that seeks to document and ground itself in an historical moment through incorporating words, images, sound, video, etc – as a means of archival translation that uncovers and preserves the ambiguities of history.

We will explore existing documentary poetry work ranging from 20th century authors Mariel Rukeyser and Charles Reznikoff to contemporary works by Claudia Rankine, CD Wright, Mark Nowak, and M NourbeSe Philip. We will also experiment with documentary poetry techniques, incorporating photographs, historical or technical documents, audio transcriptions and other archival marginalia into our own works.

Participants are invited to bring a photograph and a letter relating to a subject of their choice. Otherwise, materials will be provided.

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Sallie Fullerton is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Their work has been published in Vagabond City, Frontier Poetry, Bennington Review and is forthcoming in Pathetic Literature, an anthology edited by Eileen Myles (Grove Press, 2022). They were recently awarded a Fulbright Grant to research the shifting lesbian social scene in Montréal.