Towards Wonder: A Workshop with Hari Alluri

Date: Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: In person and online

Registration: Registration will be available beginning Friday, September 24th through our SHOP PAGE

11 available spots for in-person attendance at Massy Arts Gallery: 23 East Pender, Vancouver

11 available spots for online attendance: Zoom link will be provided

Workshop Fee: $30* (includes a 1-year print subscription to The Capilano Review)

*Free for Indigenous participants. Please get in touch with us directly at

**Please also note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds, again reach out directly at if you require support.

Towards Wonder: A workshop with Hari Alluri

Each of us on our journey returns over and over to certain questions. These questions are enmeshed in our bodies’ stories and relations—to gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, to blood and chosen family, to land, water, and sky, to the relations and structures that affect us and those we attempt to affect; they move and trouble us into our creative processes. In a statement for their Predictions exhibit, Hana Amani and Dariush Alexander write: “We carve the symbols that have been passed to us through time and memory, remembering their meaning, repeating their form, and recreating them.”

This workshop invites participants to listen with humble yet playful curiosity to our senses, to the voices we read, and to the symbols, archetypes, and characters we have inherited and encountered. Attending to the example of Oracle Cards, we will work with these forms of listening as a method of seeking collaboration: with major figures, pop icons, deities, with the people who most affect us and the ones we overlook, with those who can help us respond to the questions that trouble and move us. In my own journey as a poet, facilitator Hari Alluri notes, the work that calls me most—whether from others or myself—always seems to have an element of wonder.

*No previous experience with Oracle cards is necessary. Some contextualizing materials may be shared prior to the workshop date.

**Workshop participants are asked to wear a mask and to bring a notebook, writing utensil, an item that reminds them of their wonderment, and an open mind. 

About the facilitator:

Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is the author of The Flayed City (Kaya, 2017), Carving Ashes (CiCAC, 2013) and The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel, 2016). A recipient of the Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Fellowship for Poets of Color and the Federico Moramarco Poetry International Teaching Prize, Alluri has also been awarded grants from the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Film Board of Canada. His work appears widely in anthologies, journals, and online venues including Poetry, PRISM International, and Split This Rock. He is a co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press, a student of Hilot, and a believer that anything, alive or otherwise, will respond to our questions if we find the way to ask. Hari immigrated to Vancouver—to the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples—at the age of twelve; after some years in the US, where he completed an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University, he currently resides in New Westminster, on the traditional territory of the Qayqayt First Nation.  

Location and Accessibility:

Massy Arts Gallery is located in the historic Ming Wo building in Vancouver’s Chinatown on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).

It is a ground level wheelchair accessible space featuring an interior gallery space and a window gallery. There is one gender neutral, single-stall wheelchair accessible bathroom. We kindly ask that all in-person participants wear a mask and that you do not wear scented products in the gallery space. 

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