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My New York City is a six-session online creative writing workshop from Parachute Literary Arts and poet/filmmaker SM Gray in which participants explore, reflect, and write about their NYC borough, neighborhood or other meaningful city locations, through memory and personal stories. This series is recommended for adults and teens.

Registration is limited to 12 participants. Please register and you will receive a link to the Zoom event the day before the workshopNote: You must register for each of the six sessions separately. 

What does it mean to really "know" a neighborhood, city, or street? What do you know that others don't? Poet and filmmaker SM Gray will conduct a 6-week community creative writing workshop exploring self and memory through New York City. Poetry and prose about NYC will be introduced for inspiration, exploring themes such as gentrification, neighborhoods and "vanishing" NYC. Writing prompts will be given to encourage drawing out hidden or lesser seen stories, and participants may go out into their neighborhoods to write about and get inspired by nearby locations. Participants’ new writings will be shared weekly with classmates and instructor for feedback. The workshop will culminate in a digital and print anthology of participants' works.

During and post-workshop, participants will be invited to share their writing by emailing it to [email protected] and to post on Parachute’s Twitter @ParachuteArts, with the hashtag #MyNewYorkCity.

SM Gray is a poet/filmmaker/photographer and author of seven poetry collections, most recently, Words Are What You Get/You Do It For Real (above ground press, 2019). A recent “poem-film”, 63 Acres: Dear Danny Lyon, about the disappeared lower-Manhattan "63 acres" per legendary photographer Lyon that were demolished with no public outcry in the 1960s, screened internationally, including at Antimatter, Engauge, Cadence, and Mono No Aware film festivals.

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