Poetry Workshop – Self-Portrait in Verse, by Danabelle Gutierrez and Malavika Suresh

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Self-Portrait in Verse is a two-day intensive poetry writing workshop facilitated by Danabelle Gutierrez and Assembly member Malavika Suresh. The workshop encourages participants to look beyond the self they present to the world and the self they aspire to be and introspect into who they truly are, through poetry. The guided workshop, in two parts, educates participants in writing a self-portrait poem by focusing on writing on the first day (May 11) and collaborative editing on the second day (May 12). The participants are invited to share their work and reintroduce themselves through their poems as part of a poetry showcase on Saturday, May 25.

This workshop series is organised by the Assembly 2023-2024 member Malavika Suresh as part of the 2024 Youth Takeover.

Danabelle Gutierrez is an award-winning artist, writer, actress and photographer. She is the author of Tears Across the Earth, a collection of short stories and poems and two other poetry collections. Her writing has been published in The Common, Cordite Poetry Review, Postscript Magazine, ElectraStreet, WordsDance, and in a video for Vogue Arabia recited by singer Ciara. Born in Las Piñas and raised in Cairo, Vienna, and Muscat, Danabelle currently lives in Dubai.

Malavika Suresh is a spoken word poet and academic researcher. She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a specialisation in Political Science. In her work, she explores mental health and the nuanced relationship an individual has with themselves. As a writer, she has been featured in local and international conferences, and art and literature festivals. With a passion for various forms of writing, she actively works towards blending different disciplines and practices to create holistic conversations.



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