For the Love of Khan: Poems for the Future Workshop

This class is sponsored in part by Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

This 2-hour ekphrastic writing workshop invites Sci-Fi fans to write poems in response to original illustrations inspired by Star Trek.

We will talk about how science fiction can spark creativity, read samples of ekphrastic poems written by Miami Latinx poets, and then write our own poems that consider galactic and imagined futures. A digital and print zine will be created afterward to include the poems written in this workshop, and all participants will receive a copy of both.

  • No experience drawing or painting necessary

  • Zoom link will be shared through the confirmation email

Faraway planets, interstellar adventure, villains, heroes, and the seductive ability to transport the self in a quick gold shimmer – this is just some of what comes to mind when considering the lore and legend of Star Trek. At its core, the series, in all its incarnations, also considers the power of community and how it can rescue us from perils near and far and even offer us some much-needed hope.

2 hours | Limited to 15 spots | 18+
Thursday, April 8th | 7:30 PM EST
$5-$25 (pay what you can) - Register Here

About your facilitators:

Emma Trelles (she/her) is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the author of Tropicalia (University of Notre Dame Press), winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, a finalist for Foreword/Indies poetry book of the year, and a recommended read by The Rumpus. She is currently writing a second book of poems, Courage and the Clock. Her work has been anthologized in Verse Daily; Best American Poetry; Best of the Net; Grabbed; Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity, and others. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Terrain’s Letter to America series; the South Florida Poetry Journal; SWWIM; Zócalo Public Square; the Colorado Review; and Spillway. She is also an ongoing contributor to the Best American Poetry blog, and she has presented her work at venues across the country, including The Bryant Park Reading Room in New York, The Poet and the Poem series at the Library of Congress, Busboys & Poets in Washington D.C., the inaugural O, Miami Poetry Festival, the Miami Book Fair, the Ojai Art Center, The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the Palabra Pura series at the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago.

Beatriz Monteavaro (she/her) is an artist and musician whose work is influenced by monsters movies, science fiction, Disneyworld (especially its themed area Adventureland, a midcentury representation of Africa, Asia, Polynesia, and The Caribbean), and underground music scenes, including the 1970s English punk scene and the Miami underground scene surrounding Churchill’s Pub, which she has been a part of since 1991.