On April 11th, 2015 at the historical Countee Cullen Branch, New York Public Library, Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. presented Once Upon A Time: Extreme Storytelling with Orlando Ferrand, educator and author. It was a transforming experience. Workshop attendess came from New York City’s five boroughs and as far away as Connecticut.
We were given much food for thought. Here are some key points from Once Upon A Time: Extreme Storytelling. You are the most important part of the creative process. We are important. We deserve to do something creative. Creativity as a spiritual practice has an intrinsic value. Persons without a spiritual practice do not produce good art. Art is ill driven. Diamonds are the excrement of dirt. We start the creative process with nothing and we work until it becomes a thing of beauty. Put aside time to write. Incorporate the unexpected in your writing. The creative process is a blind one. You want and fall before creating. Vulnerability in a writer gives them more insight and makes a better writer.
One of the most interesting discussions in workshop centered on the discussion of the twelve common archetypes. Archetypes can offer insights into self. We act out by default. It is important to have all of these witness inside you.They can also teach us compassion. It’s important to understand the dynamic nature of these archetypes.
Orlando Ferrand is a Cuban-American award-winning poet, writer and multidisciplinary artist. He is a graduate of City College, Columbia University and Parsons (BFA, MA, MPhil.). He received the BRIO Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2014. His memoir Apologia: Cuban Childhood in My Backpack, received a 5-stars rating by Readers’ Favorite in 2012, and was selected as the Book-of-the-Semester by Hostos Community College, CUNY, in the spring of 2012. Ferrand’s first collection of poetry, Citywalker, won the Gold Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Review and Award Contest in 2011. He also won the Linden Lane Press Poetry Prize in 2011 for his book La Otra Isla, (Spanish Edition). Mr. Ferrand has been a writer-in-residence at CUNY and Princeton University, and has taught workshops as a teaching artist and Adjunct Professor at BCA, GMHC, Miami Dade College, SUNY, CUNY, University of La Laguna in Spain, and University of Yucatán in Mérida, México. He has contributed to numerous anthologies and literary magazines, and his plays have been produced in the US, Spain and Cuba. His work as a visual artist has been showcased at the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., and Cheim & Read in New York City. You can purchase Orlando Ferrand’s books on http://www.amazon.com.
Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Scholar Lecture Series would like to thank Master Instructor Orlando Ferrand for facilitating an incredible lecture and workshop; Once Upon A Time: Extreme Storytelling. I appreciate the level of scholarship Instructor Orlando Ferrand shared with attendees. Collectively we will always remember this united experience. On behalf of Poets Network & Exchange would like to thank everyone who came out and shared their words. I would thank and to acknowledge producer E. Wayne McDonald, Caribbean Theatre and authors Mariposa Monarca and Jhon Sanchez.
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.