New Haven




The second Fake News Video-Poetry Workshop occurred on November 3, 2018, at the home of Claudia Rankine and John Lucas (who also volunteered to work as editor for our videos--a critical contribution to their power and beauty. You can find them under "Media" to the left, as well as the poems they honor and re-render, under "Poems"). Building from the work--concept-growing, community-building, and art-making--started six months earlier at the "Race in the Media Workshop" held in Brooklyn; returning participants traveled to New Haven along with poets and others from various earlier workshops (including Chet'la Sebree, Margaret Rhee, Kyle Booten, Orr Menirom, Lisa Cohen, Kai Mora, and Gavin McCormick) to be joined by first-timers. We spent a powerful day together thinking about race and fake media, then re-visited four poems written at another time and in another place that themselves attended to these concerns. Professional artists and intellectuals peppered this workshop, and their vital expertise shows in the videos. However, the project celebrates process over product; that is, radical digital media literacy as a lived, communal engagement with fake news and internet truths. The website holds some of what was made along the way. Your own radical digital media literacy begins when you start or join a Workshop; when you take what was made before and make something that honors its and your own truths.