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WLT Off the Beaten Craft: “Into the Wild: Embracing the Interdisciplinary Art Practice” with Faylita Hicks

September 17, 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

Off the Beaten Craft - Faylita Hicks
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Introducing an exciting new series: WLT Off the Beaten Craft. A few times a year, the Writers’ League of Texas will host a free presentation from an author who knows their stuff, focused on a genre, form, or topic that we don’t often get to talk about. These “Off the Beaten Craft” presentations are free and open to all.

About the Event

In this session, we will learn more about what it means to be an interdisciplinary artist, explore key works from contemporaries that successfully bridge two or more art forms, and consider the nonlinear path to interdisciplinary practice.

Other artists to be discussed include Claudia Rankine, Terrance Hayes, Jesse Krimes, Natalie Bookchin, Percival Everett, Dwayne Betts, Vanessa Angélica Villareal, Sherrill Roland, CA Conrad, Jamila Woods, FKA Twigs, Rebecca Solnit, Tyhembia Jess, and Daniel McCarthy Clifford.


Faylita HicksFaylita Hicks (she/her/they) is a poet, essayist, and interdisciplinary artist. The former Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and a 2020-2022 Texas Touring Artist, they are the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry, the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize, and the 2019 Julie Suk Award. Hicks is the 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam and a member of the 2007 and 2008 Neo Soul Poetry Slam team. Since 2013, she has been an artist on the roster for hip-hop collective Grid Squid Entertainment, releasing her first Hip Hop EP, Collision City in 2015, and her third spoken word album ONYX in June 2019. She has toured nationally and internationally as a solo act since 2007, performing in venues such as Chicago's The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Busboys and Poets, and the Nuyorican Poets Café, across 30+ states, as well as in Jamaica and Canada. The founder and creative director of event production company Arrondi Creative Productions, Hicks was awarded the San Marcos Arts Commission Grant for her monthly showcase and pop-up art event series, SMTX Ripple Market, in 2017 and 2019. Hicks's photography and short-films have been exhibited in Texas State University's Common Experience Gallery, Houston's Insomnia Gallery, the San Marcos 72-Hour Film Festival, and the 2018 BLERD Festival in New Orleans, LA. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Right of Return USA, the first fellowship designed exclusively for previously incarcerated artists. Their poetry, essays, interviews, performances, and photography have been featured in or are forthcoming in AdroitAmerican Poetry ReviewBrave New Filmsthe Cincinnati ReviewThe CutElectric LitF(r)ictionFrontier PoetryHuffPostKenyon ReviewLonestar LitLongreadsPalette PoetryPBS Independent LensPoetry MagazinePoetry DailyPoets and WritersPrairie SchoonerThe RumpusSlateTexas Observer, Texas MonthlyViceVIDA Review, and others. Hicks received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University and is currently working on a multi-media project about pretrial criminal policy reform in the Southwest. www.FaylitaHicks.com

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Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

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Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

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Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.


September 17, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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