More Than a Single Story is a series of programs that strives to break down the stereotyping of people of color by celebrating their diverse voices and experiences. Founded and curated by writer Carolyn Holbrook.
In the Cento form, lines from different sources stand next to each other to create new narratives. This exercise encourages participants to focus closely on their favorite lines from various poems and helps them understand how the individual parts relate to the whole. In this workshop, we will work with multiple poems to create our own Cento poems on the themes of home and exile, and all that we carry with us in our physical and psychological “suitcases.” Led by Valerie Deus. Collaborator: More Than a Single Story. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Valerie Deus is a poet, film programmer and radio show host of Haitian descent. Her work has been featured in Minnesota Women’s Press, The Brooklyn Rail, Midway, the St. Paul Almanac, and more. Her most recent essay is featured in “What We Hunger For: Refugee and Immigrant Stories About Food and Family.” When she's not writing, she is the host of Project 35, a local low-fi radio show on KRSM radio.
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