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YWW Portland: Creating Poetry Out of Your Unique Identity with Alex Dang

May 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Creating Poetry Out of Your Unique Identity

Alex says he often gets asked, “How do I start a poem? I don’t know what to write about!” And every time, he will always answer, “Write about yourself.” That still leaves the first half of the question, “How do I start a poem?” and it leaves us with a new second half, “How do I write about myself?”

Alex’s workshop will teach us how to use what you know and have experienced to create a basic framework of a poem. Alex says, “I believe the ability to inwardly look upon your own identity and unique intersection and multiplicity of identity will help any Young Willamette Writer navigate a world that’s in a constant flux.”

Poetry writer or not, come to the meeting and learn to communicate your story. You’ll leave with the start of a poem and tools on how to use your personal identity as the content of your writing and craft.

About Alex Dang

Alex Dang started performing poetry at 17 and hasn’t slowed down since. He has been on the Portland Poetry Slam nationals team in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, making him the only Asian-American poet in Portland’s history to be on the team four years in a row. Alex has earned his way to becoming the Eugene Poetry Grand Slam Champion in 2014, 2015, and again in 2017.

He has been a TEDx speaker for both University of Oregon and Reno, Nevada. His work has been featured on HuffingtonPost, UpWorthy, and EverydayFeminism and has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube. Alex has performed in over 50 cities, 30 states, and wants to know what your favorite food is.


May 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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First Congregational United Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States