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Open Art Lab Presents How To Capture A Dragon In 10 Steps

  • EMW Bookstore 934 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

Open Art Lab Presents 
How To Capture A Dragon In 10 Steps
with Ricky Orng
(Poetry Workshop)

In this workshop, you will explore unique approaches and techniques to bear-trapping a dragon (no animals will be hurt during this training, just mythical creatures - and when I say mythical creatures, I mean you). Sometimes the dragons are ourselves. Our stories maybe the most challenging thing to harness and release. We will draw inspiration through film, art & poetry to practice creative writing and personal storytelling. Each poet will leave with a strong understanding of spoken word poetry, original poems, and tools and resources to carry on dragon hunting. The workshop will end with a half-hour for an open mic from our attendees and instructor.

Open to the community and persons at any writing level. We strive to cultivate a safe, brave and progressive space for our workshop attendees. We are offering 25 limited spots for this workshop. RSVP here |

Ricky Orng is a Cambodian-American performer and educator based in Lowell, Massachusetts' Little Cambodian. He is the Director of Lowell's Youth Spoken Word organization, FreeVerse! - and coaches their slam team who were on final stage in Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts 2012, 2013, Brave New Voices 2011, San Francisco; and most recently the 2014 Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts Champions. Ricky hosted the first Asian American & Pacific Islander Poetry Reading at National Poetry Slam in Boston in 2013. 

He currently hosts the bi-monthly Untitled Open Mic, that was first inducted in 2008 by Ryk McIntry. His works has been featured on Angry Asian Man, Absolutely Fobulous, Lowell's Artist Anthology, Young Angel Midnight; and Cambodia's first bi-lingual fashion publication, F-Magazine. 

His writing reflects on being 2nd generation American, dealing with Asian stereotypes, the consequences of The Khmer Rouge and living in America's second largest Cambodian populated city. Ricky is a Gemini, loves Autumn, bikes occasionally and photographs people for fun. His works can be found on his poetry blog.

// Workshop Info // 
Saturday, Mar 21st
1:00pm -4:00pm
EMW Bookstore
934 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA

// Materials //
Feel free to bring your own writing, journals + utensils..
Supplies will be provided.

// Ticket Option //
Standard Ticket - $20

Organizational Sponsor - $45
This ticket option helps cover the cost and development of the EMW Open Art Lab program. By purchasing this ticket, you help extend the opportunity to participate in this workshop to student, artist, youth, and activist members of our community.

Please message Ricky Orng or email if you would like to aquire a Student / Artist / Activist rate.

Open Art Lab, a monthly program hosted by EMW Bookstore for the community to gather and work on their artistic projects in a nurturing, expressive, collaborative environment! It offers workshops in different fields of the arts. Ranging from Japanese Woodblock Printing to Dj'ing 101

More Details | Purchase Ticket here |

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