A Mindful Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Naa Akua (2 available dates)

A Mindful Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Naa Akua (2 available dates)

Regular price $60.00 Sale

2 individual Saturday sessions from 12-2pm PT: May 28 and June 11. Attend just one or both! 


Max: 7 people

Min: 4 people


This generative workshop honors Open Books: A Poem Emporium’s new location in the Good Arts building, combining a series of mindfulness exercises with ekphrastic writing prompts. Come get grounded and engage meaningfully with visual art, through poetry! 

Traditionally, ekphrastic poems incorporate a vivid description of a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating or reflecting on the “action” of a painting, photograph, or sculpture, poets can amplify and expand meaning. 

Naa Akua is leading two of these Mindful Ekphrastic Poetry Workshops, on Saturday May 28 and Saturday June 11. Each class will approach the intersection of mindfulness and ekphrasis from a slightly new angle, utilizing different artwork and prompts, so feel free to register for both!

Artwork, as well as sample ekphrastic poems, will be provided by the instructor in class, so all you need to bring is your writing materials.

About the Instructor: Naa Akua is a New York born poet, actor, educator, and sound-word practitioner who is Ghanaian/Bajan and queer. A former 2019 Citizen University Poet-in-Residence is a Writers in the Schools (Seattle Arts & Lectures) Writer-in-Residence at Franklin High School, Hugo House teacher, and Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) youth facilitator, Akua uses the vibratory energy of sound and the intent of word as a vehicle towards healing. www.naaakua.com

About the Space: The Parlor is a cozy, inspiring room with a large library table, exposed brick, and natural light, attached to Open Books: A Poem Emporium, located at 108 Cherry Street in downtown Seattle. Just a short jaunt from the Pioneer Square Light Rail Station and surrounded by ample street and garage parking, the Parlor offers a haven for private studio time and gatherings of up to 8 people. For photos of the space and more information (including how to book the Parlor for your own writing time, co-working, or meeting), check out The Parlor page (link coming soon!).

Masks will be required for Open Books classes until further notice. Thank you for understanding!

If you have any questions about this course, or any other class at Open Books, please email classes@openpoetrybooks.com and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.