This hands-on workshop will focus on the writing and shaof poetry from an ethnographic perspective, and is offered as part of the University of New Mexico Musicology Colloquium Series and the spring series, "Ethnography and Creative Process in the Arts." Co-sponsored by the Departments of Music, Anthropology, and the College of Fine Arts.
About the poets and workshop facilitators:
Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Ambassador, is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. She’s authored five books addressing intersections between language education and the literary, visual and performing arts including one book of poems, Imperfect Tense, and her newest book, Enlivening Instruction with Drama and Improv. Supported by grants and prizes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, and the Beckman Award for Professors Who Inspire, her work narrates the heartache, headache, and joy of teaching and learning language. She lives in Athens, GA with her husband and two children and their rescue dog, Bagel.
Adrie Kusserow is a cultural anthropologist and poet, teaching in the department of sociology/anthropology at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She has two books of poetry (Hunting Down the Monk and REFUGE) both published by BOA Editions, Ltd as part of their American Poets Continuum Series. She lives in Underhill, Vermont on the land she grew up on.
Ather Zia, Ph.D., is a political anthropologist, poet, short fiction writer, and columnist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Gender Studies program at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley. Ather is the author of Resisting Disappearances: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir (2019) , the poetry collection “The Frame” (1999) and another forthcoming collection. In 2013, Ather’s ethnographic poetry on Kashmir won an award from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.