Poetry as Fire Escape “The poem, like the fire escape, as feeble and thin as it is, has become my most concentrated architecture of resistance. A place where I can be as honest as I need to.” – Ocean Vuong
Beauty and violence have always existed in equal measure, but our daily news cycle often favors the latter. In this writing workshop, we’ll explore the work of writers like Ocean Vuong, Nikkey Finney, and Suheir Hammad. We’ll examine how poetry serves as a container for processing acts of violence and the ways in which we can use language to translate our existing reality and ultimately create a new one.
$25 October 12, 2022, 7 pm ET, Online
Felice Belle consumes and creates stories to make sense of the world and her place in it. As a poet and playwright, she has performed at the Apollo Theater, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, TEDWomen and TEDCity2.0. Her writing has been published in several journals and anthologies including Oral Tradition, Bum Rush the Page and UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship. Playwriting credits include Other Women, Game On! and It Is Reasonable to Expect. She holds a BS in industrial engineering from Columbia University, an MA in individualized study from NYU Gallatin and an MFA in creative writing from Long Island University. She is a lecturer in the low-residency MFA program at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and chief storyteller for the global nonprofit Narrative 4. Her poetry collection, Viscera, is forthcoming from Etruscan Press (Spring 2023). Felice is an N4 Master Practitioner.