Blacklandia Events Series
Remaking Language: AAVE’s Influence on Culture Through Writing
FREE • Sunday, February 25, 2024
2:00-4:00 PM PST • Zoom
Register at http://tinyurl.com/AAVEJamesCoats
Inlandia Institute and UCR ARTS present this generative writing workshop which will focus on language while highlighting the impact of African American Vernacular English on both writing and mainstream culture.
This workshop is intended to educate those who are unaware or misinformed about AAVE, and its history and influence in the world around us today. It will encourage writers, especially BIPOC writers, to embrace the language of their experiences and authenticity of their culture. The workshop will also prompt participants to explore poetic elements such as colloquialism, dialect, and vernacular.
This activity is supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts (www.arts.gov) and the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
James Coats is an author, poet, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in the Inland Empire. He received his BFA from Cal Poly Pomona and his MBA from Cal State San Bernardino. As a creative change agent, he believes the arts can inspire youth and influence positive change in the world. His first poetry collection, If I Had Lived,was published in 2018. In 2021, he founded Lift Our Voices Education, which hosts the monthly “Be The Change: Social Justice Writing Workshop.” His newest poetry collection, Midnight & Mad Dreams, is published by World Stage Press. Follow him on Instagram @MrLovingWords.