Involvement with something larger than myself compels me to write.”
Rekindling the Passion: A Writing Retreat For Activists
with Demetria Martinez
January 11, 2020
at Jules’ Poetry Playhouse – Placitas, NM
11 am – 5 pm (with lunch break and dinner) followed by fireside reading (until 10 pm or so)
$125 (sliding scale available)
All materials provided
Writing can be a spiritual practice that opens us to all kinds of insights and epiphanies that help nourish our vision for change. Through various writing and poetry prompts, we will explore questions such as what drew us to activism in the first place and what we need to do more of to sustain ourselves in our work. We will have a safe space and a community of like minds to encourage us on our unique paths.
You will leave with poems you’ve written, using samples from a range of activist-poets and ways of thinking about activism in today's changing world. I hope you will be renewed to continue to heal and take joy in our activist's journey.
Enjoy the homey feel of Jules' Poetry Playhouse, surrounded by peaceful high desert views and wildlife. We will have a fire in the fireplace for our class sharing of our journeys at conclusion of the retreat.
Demetria Martinez is an author, activist, creativity coach and journalist based in New Mexico. For Martinez, writing and activism are ways to explore---and bridge—borders between people of different nations, languages, spiritualities and life experiences.
Martinez’s widely translated novel, Mother Tongue,about a new Mexico Chicana and her Salvadoran lover during the sanctuary movement. published by Ballantine in 1997, won a Western States Book Award for Fiction.
In The Block Captain’s Daughter, activists in Albuquerque draw on the wisdom of their multiethnic/multinational roots in their struggle to better the world. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, it wona 2013 American Book Award. It also won the International Latino Book Award for best Latino focused fiction the same year.
In 2013, she co-authored an e-book with former Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, These People Want to Work: Immigration Reform. Itdescribes the plight of five undocumented women who live and work in the United States, followed by an analysis of immigration reform.
Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana, a collection of autobiographical essays, includes columns that first appeared in the National Catholic Reporter., it won the 2006 International Latino Book Award for best biography.
Martinez has published two books of poetry, Breathing Between the Lines (1997), and The Devil’s Workshop (2002), bothwith the University of Arizona Press. She also co-authored a bilingual children’s book, Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla, with Rosalee Montoya. Published by the UNM Press, it received the 2011 Young Reader’s Book Award from New Mexico Book Awards.
Jules' Poetry Playhouse is at 11 Homestead Lane, Placitas, NM. We are 2.3 miles off I-25 Placitas exit, just past the Homestead Lane Shopping Center.
View from our back patio at Jules' Poetry Playhouse castia....
Front patio of Jules' Poetry Playhouse casita at sunset.