A Mexican literary form, literary calaveras are sly poetic epitaphs, critiquing the living – political or cultural figures as well as personal friends or family members – as if they were already passed from this world. Literary calaveras are a way of getting political or personal critique out in a humorous and subversive way, taking public figures or personal relations and exaggerating their features, traits, defects and vices for humorous effect. José Guadalupe Posada, “printmaker to the Mexican people” whose satirical and politically acute calaveras are most closely associated with El Dia de los Muertos, used his calaveras to create broadsides which he also illustrated. Following in the tradition of Posada, join us for some literary rabble rousing and festive broadside printmaking. All equipment and materials provided. No prior experience necessary. The workshop is offered two consecutive Sundays. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

When: Sundays, October 22 & 29, 1:00-4:00pm
Where: The Fine Arts Work Center
Instructor:Elizabeth Bradfield – Poet, Naturalist, Teacher
Instructor: Vicky Tomayko  – Artist, Teacher, Musician
Instructor: Sophia Starmack – Poet, Arts Administrator, Baker
Materials: Materials provided
Cost: Suggested donation $10 per class, plus $5 materials fee
To Register: Email