• Saturday April 24, 2021
  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Via Zoom (Registration required)
  • Capacity: 20
  • Ages: Recommended for ages 8 & up
  • Price: Free or $20 suggested Donation

Poetry is for everyone, not only for poets!

Blackout poetry is a technique for creating poetry that takes an existing text – such as a page from a book, or a newspaper article– and obscures or “blacks out” certain words in order to highlight others. The remaining, highlighted words create a new poem from the original text.

You will be using old book pages to create a variety of poems. It is all about finding a new story in between the existing one. The new story might take the form of a poem, a combination of words, or even just one word. Blackout poems can be quirky, funny, illogical, contradictory, or deeply meaningful and personal.

Begin your own anthology of poems! In this two hour workshop, you will learn a great way to collect all of your unique poems!

There is absolutely no prior experience required. You don’t even have to be very good at grammar or syntax, nor does English have to be your first language.

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Materials List

For this class, students will need the following materials:

  • A published page from anything: newspaper, instruction manual, old textbook, page from an old book; any sort of page filled with words works!
  • A thick black pen that won’t run out of ink easily, such as a Sharpie
  • A Pencil
  • Optional – colored pens or pencils, crayons, soft pastels.

Artist Bio

Mara Patricia Hernandez is a Mexican visual poet, digital artist, and designer; who creates multifaceted visual poetry. In her work, she combines both digital and traditional techniques, her attention to the form of a letter or the shaping of a word places language and text at the tactile and metaphoric center of her work. Much of her visual poetry has been published and exhibited around the world. She currently lives and works in the Bay Area.

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