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Fresno State LaLab to Host Workshop Series

J.M. Lesinski
A shot of some foliage in Fresno, California near Fresno State.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

As the semester draws to a close at Fresno State in Fresno, California, the Fresno State Laureate Lab excitedly announced that it will be hosting a new series of creative writing workshops throughout the academic year.

The Laureate Lab, also known on the Fresno State campus as the LaLab, will host its first creative writing workshop on Thursday, December 9 from five to six-thirty in the evening entitled, “Future Reclamation, A Sudden Experiment.”

Of the event, Laureate Lab Fellow Tony Vang stated the following on the event website: “Future Reclamation is a workshop that will encourage participants to generate new writing around the question: How do we write toward a future that honors and celebrates our personal and collective histories? Fellow and lead facilitator Tony Vang will lead activities and discussion around how the fallout of migration, war, displacement, erasure, and assimilation often leaves communities of color on the brink of historical extinction. During the workshop, participants will explore elements of their lineage that have been lost and what they wish to carry forward into the future. Activities will include writing prompts, collage work, and assemblage techniques. Those who attend will create a poem-object that seeks to establish a link toward the future by acknowledging the past.”

The LaLab was founded at Fresno State by former United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera in the Madden Library with a goal of bringing writers, artists, students, and community members alike together to explore their crafts amongst contemporaries. Space is limited and those interested should register as soon as possible for the virtual event through Zoom.

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