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Poetry Writing Workshop in the Bankhead National Forest

August 5, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm



August 5, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Make plans now to join us for a truly unique experience! Join ARA’s Poet and Film Fellow, Palavi Ahuja, in the Bankhead National Forest for a special poetry writing workshop! Space is limited as we will be taking a short hike within the Sipsey Wilderness to get to our secret spot where we will be guided through a poetry writing workshop with inspiration overflowing around us. You must register by clicking here and we will send you directions to our meeting spot. Wild Alabama is helping ARA with this event and we are immensely grateful!

Palavi Ahuja has spent the summer with ARA’s Southern Exposure film fellows and has created a poem and short film based on her experience.


Palavi Ahuja (she/her) is a filmmaker and poet from Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her BA in English w/ a concentration in Literature as well as in Media Studies from the University of alabama in Birmingham. She is currently working on her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University in New York. Palavi’s experiences as an Indian woman in America strongly impacts her work, often merging the realms of spoken word poetry and filmmaking. She tells visually and rhythmically impactful stories of her cultural identity and family history. Her film, Letters from an Avalanche, is a documentation of her journey as a writer and filmmaker through the lens of an entity much larger than ourselves—avalanches. It was screened at the 2022 Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham. Her poetry is featured in University of Central Missouri’s literary journal of new writing and reviews, Pleiades. Her interests in both film and poetry often lend themselves to one another and she hopes to continue to find new ways to make the two disciplines mix.


The Alabama Poetry Delegation is a partnership between Alabama Poetry Laureate, Ashley M. Jones and the Alabama Writers Forum that is supported by the Academy of American Poets and the Mellon Foundation, the delegation is a leadership and service initiative of Jones’ nonprofit organization, the Magic City Poetry Festival.