“Speed and Grace” Poetry Workshops with Billy Tuggle
“Speed and Grace” Poetry Workshops
Word Humboldt offers a series of free online poetry writing workshops
titled “Speed and Grace.” This series begins on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m.
with Hip Hop Culturalist and Poet Billy Tuggle of Chicago. The workshops
are connected with the PBS documentary series “Muhammad Ali” by Ken
Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon that aired in September.
Ali was a cultural icon known worldwide for his boxing skills, humanity,
activism, and wit. He used words poetically and lyrically, and his quotes are
used today with pride and admiration. The “Speed and Grace” Poetry
Workshops will delve into some of Ali’s quotes to guide the participants’
writings as they explore the man and his legacy.
Word Humboldt is a local spoken-word organization that works with the community to create an engaging and safe space to develop their poetry. The instructors will provide guidance and feedback in each workshop to help participants expand their writing skills. “We expect to open people’s minds enough to see the complications of fame, not only to Ali but to any ‘hero,'” explains Eureka’s Poet Laureate, Wil Gibson.
Participants will be encouraged to submit their work to the Stand Up and Be Counted: Art and Poetry inspired by Muhammad Ali online exhibition that will be on display in January at Ink People Center for the Arts. They are also encouraged to submit their poetry for inclusion in a group chapbook.
Workshops are held online Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Register at KEET.org/ali and indicate which workshop(s) you would like to attend.
10/14-Poet Susanna Gibson will focus on how inspiring Ali has become and the legacy he has left
using the quote, “The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
10/21 -Eureka Poet Laureate Wil Gibson will focus on heroes, hypocrisy, and contradictions – Ali was
an advocate for peace who gained fame as a fighter. This workshop will use the quote,
“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”
10/28 -Eureka Poet Laureate Wil Gibson will focus on Ali’s myth and mystique and his quote, “To be a
great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”
KEET-TV received a grant from WETA to develop community partnerships and create unique ways of
discovering who Muhammad Ali was and the legacy he has left behind. You can find details about all events at KEET.org/ali