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Poetry in the Museum: Teen Workshop with Quraysh Ali Lansana

Saturday, February 04
10:00am – 12:00pm

FREE for High School Teens (Ages 15+)
*Capacity limited. Free, advance, timed-entry ticket required. General Museum & Garden admission included.

Poets have been inspired by visual art for thousands of years. During this two-hour workshop, poet, educator, and historian Quraysh Ali Lansana will guide teens as they draw inspiration in the Philbrook galleries and craft a poem in response. Technically referred to as ekphrastic poetry, the newly created works will be workshopped with the group and then posted in the gallery.

About the Author:
Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of twenty books in poetry, nonfiction and children’s literature. Lansana is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow and is a Lecturer in Africana Studies and English at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, where he also served as Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. A former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2012 and was Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing there until 2014. His most recent books include Opal’s Greenwood Oasis, the skin of dreams: new and collected poems, 1995-2018, The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience & Change Agent, and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop. Lansana’s work appears in Best American Poetry 2019.

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