Workshop: Yarmulkes and Fitted Caps: Workshop on Poetry Process
June 13, 2015 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM – Nancy Araki Community Education Center
Why Jewish Kids Ain’t White Sometimes –Short Film Program
June 13, 2015 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM – Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Aaron Samuels will lead the workshop Yarmulkes and Fitted Caps Workshop on Poetry Process AND the Short Film Program at the Mixed Remixed Festival 2015. He will also have a short film screened during the Short Film Program and he will host the Storyteller’s Prize Presentation.
Aaron is a Pushcart-nominated poet, a nationally touring speaker, and an acclaimed facilitator of critical identity discussions. Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, by a Jewish-American mother and an African-American father, Aaron discovered spoken word poetry at age 14 when his English teacher told him he was not allowed to break meter. After declining this advice, Aaron went on to become one of the premiere performance poets in the country, featuring on TV One’s Verses & Flow, HBO’s Brave New Voices, and TEDx Washington University. His work has appeared in multiple journals including the Tidal Basin Review, Apogee Journal, and Muzzle Magazine. His first book Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps was released on Write Bloody Publishing in fall 2013.
Yarmulkes and Fitted Caps Workshop
In this lecture, Aaron will discuss the process of writing his book of poetry Yarmulkes and Fitted Caps, and his experiences teaching race and identity workshops using the artistic process as a catalyst for engaging in difficult conversations. “As a writer and educator, one of my primary agendas is to tell my own personal story growing up in a multiracial multi-faith household in Providence, Rhode Island. By pulling from experiences in learning about my Black identity and my Jewish identity, I aim to weave a narrative through my work that reflects the depth and complexity of my own cultural navigation.”