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A free writing workshop series for Asian or Pacific Islander (API) high school students in Denver. At the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform and record their work to be circulated amongst the Denver community and the world. The workshop series was created by award-winning poet and independent rapper Meta Sarmiento. The hope is to cultivate a creative space for future API writers to explore their unique identities, cultures, and voices.


The entire project is made possible through grant funding from the

Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission

Students from all across Denver, CO are invited to register for the workshop series. Students of all writing levels are welcomed. Students will spend three Saturdays in May, writing and editing new works generated during the workshops
and are invited to film their work using professional video and audio equipment.
Registration and attendance are completely free but limited.

Meta Sarmiento will facilitate all workshops and co-direct the filming of students' works with Antonio Silva. The hope is to attract 10 API poets to the workshops. The goal is to support the next generation of API writers and to cultivate an environment for them to explore, grow, and inspire.

More Than Maps

workshop 1
10:30am - 12pm
Meta's Zoom Room
MAY 09, 2020

An exploration of roots and identity. "Where are you from?"

Skin Deep

workshop 2
10:30am - 12pm
Meta's Zoom Room
MAY 16, 2020

Question and challenge stereotypical concepts of beauty.

Oceans Away

workshop 3
10:30am - 12pm
Meta's Zoom Room
MAY 23 , 2020

What is culture and how do we live with it in America?

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