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“Lo Cotidiano” – Appreciating the Everyday 
A Workshop with Carlee A Franklin

FREE • Saturdays: February 25–March 25 
3:00-4:30 PM • Zoom
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Inlandia’s Blacklandia event series presents a workshop that focuses around the de-colonial concept of lo cotidiano, the everyday.

Using Lanston Hughes’ poem “Brass Spittoons,” we will explore the depths of lo cotidiano and the value its contemplation can bring to not only our personal lives but the communities that we exist within. From here, participants will attempt a poetry exercise writing about three common items within reach to subvert the mundane quality we assign to the ubiquitous nature of our daily surroundings.

In the anthology entitled, Decolonizing Epistemologies: Latina/o Theology and Philosophy, Cuban-American theologian Ada María Isasi-Diaz and peer, Eduardo Mendieta, make an important point. “It is from within theology, philosophy, cultural studies, and literature that Latina/o scholars have produced distinct ways of thinking that emerge from Latina/o experiences.”  By acknowledging this scholarship and committing to seeing the value in our own mundane, daily lives, we can begin to speak power into our own artistic vision.

Carlee A Franklin is a local teacher and student advocate inspiring others through written word. She holds a M.A. in English Literature and Composition from Cal State San Bernardino and lives within Rialto, CA. She lives by the words of Audre Lorde: “If I didn’t define myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”

Inlandia workshops and events are supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more at To find out more about how the National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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