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Sunday, July 21, 2019


(Right: Élida Lima)

Art for Humanity will host a dynamic poetry workshop for poets, writers, artists, creatives, and students at Durban University of Technology (DUT) and beyond. If interested, send an email with a short bio and contact details to Thobekile Mbanda at Please note that space is limited.

Presented by Élida Lima, the proposed workshop aims to look at the definition and practice of poetry as an art form accessible to all. As part of this there will be a presentation, introduction and translation of a selection of contemporary Brazilian and Latin American poetry; presentation of the process of editing books of poetry and poetry anthologies. The workshop offers a sensitive environment for learning and exchange, and for the reading of poems, as well as looking at performance dynamics, games, and games as didactic resources. It will also look at performance dynamics for creating both individual and collective poems, editing, publishing and beyond.

Élida Lima is a writer, editor, activist and teacher. Born and raised in Belém, an important capital of the Amazon, she has lived in São Paulo since 2008. Lima completed a Bachelor in Social Communication from the University of Amazonia (2005), a Master Degree (2012) and is currently completing her PhD studies in Clinical Psychology at the Subjectivity Studies Center of PUC-SP, under the guidance of the philosopher Peter Pál Pelbart.

She is the author of Letters to Max: affective threshold of Max Martins' work (Invisíveis Produções, 2013), considered "one of the most creative and surprising essays of literary criticism in Brazil in recent years". She is editor of the books Sinhá Rosa: poems by Maurinete Lima, and the bestselling Antologia Trans: 30 trans, transvestite, and non-binary poets, with many of the poems created in poetry workshops led by Lima. From 2014 to 2017, she participated actively in nationally-articulated feminist collectives. Currently, she develops doctoral research in the area of intersectional feminism and racial identities. Nowadays, she also performs Tarot therapy, Hatha Yoga and Access® Bars.

The workshop takes place from July 22 to 24, from 09h00 to 13h00 on the City Campus, Durban University of Technology in Durban.

RSVP: Thobekile Mbanda:

This event is made possible through a grant by the National Lotteries Commission.