17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th and 29th June 2016 | 3:00-5:00PM
Poetry therapy may be traced back to the Shaman tribes, who chanted epics for the well-being of their clan. The first poetry therapist was a Roman physician in the first century named Soranus, who prescribed comedy for the depressed. Join Mariam Riaz Paracha and Asad Alvi as they combine cognitive-psychotherapeutic approaches with poetic and narrative thought, and theatre/performance practices, to explore how to use poetry as a medium reflect on our own experiences of being alive in a moment — words that express the heat and pulse of feelings, sensations, and emotions, and to employ the creative process to articulate conflicts, manage stress, and achieve greater self-reflection.
About the Instructors:
Asad Alvi studied bibliotherapy at the Art Institute, University of Warwick, and is co-founder of Zabaan, a south-Asian literary journal that publishes experimental poetry. His work has been published in a collection of short stories by the Oxford University Press (OUP), The Equator Line in India, in Columbia University’s Journal of Art and Literature, and in an anthology of contemporary feminist poetry titled, We Will Be Shelter. Recently, he collaborated with the Clayman Institute of Gender Research at Stanford University on ‘Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender’. His translations of the Urdu postmodern poet, Sara Shagufta, are forthcoming by Speaking Tiger, India. Asad also makes poetry films and his first feature, Night, premiered at the Athens Film Festival.
Mariam Riaz Paracha
Mariam Riaz Paracha is currently pursuing an MA from Emerson College in Theatre Education with a focus in ‘Theatre and Community’ which uses performance and art to engage with areas of social and cultural policies by healing psychological wounds and barriers, and challenging contemporary discourses. She has been published in UK Poetry Library, Eye on Life Magazine, Indi.com, Campus Diaries India. She has performed at TEDx Karachi and toured with a devised play on immigration to various institutes in Boston. Paracha is the founder of ‘Spoken Stage’, an organization that allows art to flourish beyond borders, specifically in developing nations, by providing a platform and space for a collaborative community that combines the four sectors of performance, writing, education and freedom of expression for progressive movement.
When: 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th and 29th June 2016
Where: The Second Floor (T2F)
Fee: Rs.3000 (for 6 sessions)