January 19-21, 2024

Indigenous people rely upon an oral tradition to carry the stories of culture and lineage forward. There is an urgency in storytelling. It is the means by which tribes and nations communicate their feats, legends, values and beliefs. Stories have power…and magic. Kin-making magic. World remaking magic. Sometimes it’s heavy. And deep. That’s when we allegory. This course is meant to deepen your understanding of allegory as more than literary device. Allegory is the witchcraft work of words meant to invite us into discourse about meaning and how to extrapolate it. We’ll follow Angela Davis’s advice and write autobiographically using the license that allegory allows, to express the world through our many selves to find hidden messages and develop language for those things to be developed and decoded. We’ll retool the toolbox to “reworld” the world. The environment is ours to generate from. We are masters of our fate so we use what we have to convey meaning…the body, inanimate objects, animals/nature, color, fairy tales (reimagined of course), sacred texts, and visual art, all…as the raw material of possible to write masterfully…and allegorically. See you inside…

About the Instructor
Dominique Christina, a Denver native, is an an award-winning poet, author, curator, conceptual installation artist, and newly appointed Arts Envoy to Cyprus through the U.S. Department of State. She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. Her work is greatly influenced by her family’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement. Her aunt Carlotta was one of nine students to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas and is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Dominique is the author of four books. Her third book, “This Is Woman’s Work”, published by SoundsTrue Publishing, is the radical exploration of 20 archetypal incarnations of woman-ness and the creative process. Her fourth book “Anarcha Speaks” won the National Poetry Series award in 2017 and is being adapted for the theater.

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