WORKSHOPS & CONSULTATION

 Having been an organizer, educator, and mentor for years, Tariq is prepared to help your organization achieve its goals with tailored, hands-on training and cooperation.

Having been an organizer, educator, and mentor for years, Tariq is prepared to help your organization achieve its goals with tailored, hands-on training and cooperation.

CONSULTATION

Tariq has had a hand in the growth of a number of different communities through the years, in poetry and beyond. From North Carolina to Detroit and youth to professionals, Tariq has been instrumental in cultivating cultures rooted in structure, creative cohesion, and sustainability. In these tailored sessions, Tariq combines his experience building communities as a coach and an administrator with his background as a marketing strategist, analyst, and brand-builder to help offer budding organizations the resources necessary to grow and maintain a solid foundation.

Together, you will identify your organization’s core competencies, target audience, opportunities for growth, goals, and devise an actionable strategy to ensure that those goals are reached and that success is sustained.

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WORKSHOPS
*Literary/writing workshop descriptions coming soon. In the meantime, if there is a specific workshop of Tariq's you're interested in having him hold, feel free to make a request.

COACHING SESSION:

With several years of writing, performance, coaching, and facilitation experience, Tariq is able to provide your organization with a variety of different coaching and development experiences based on your needs.

CUSTOM WORKSHOP:

Tell Tariq what you have in mind! Let him know what you’re interested in workshopping with your organization and Tariq will either work with you, or recommend someone better-suited for your goals.

POETRY SHOWS

 Tariq is an experienced speaker, performer, and host ready and willing to help you fulfill your performance needs.

Tariq is an experienced speaker, performer, and host ready and willing to help you fulfill your performance needs.

For more than half a decade, Tariq Luthun has performed his poetry across the country, weaving vivid and poetic storytelling with a powerful narrative voice in order to cultivate work with a “bold, fresh take on what it means to grow.” He has been a featured performer at a number of collegiate and professional venues throughout the nation, having shared stages with the likes of Buddy Wakefield, Rudy Francisco, Omar Offendum, Remi Kanazi, and more. Currently, he hosts the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam, the second-longest tenured slam in the United States. Touching on everything from masculinity to his Palestinian heritage to relationships, Tariq crafts his work and performance to make concepts concrete, seeking to address the ether between labels and the juxtaposition within identities.

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  Each Talk/Lecture can be customized to fit your organization’s needs and desired length of time.  Talks/Lectures typically range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes and can include an optional Q&A at the end.    Connect with Tariq  here .

Each Talk/Lecture can be customized to fit your organization’s needs and desired length of time.  Talks/Lectures typically range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes and can include an optional Q&A at the end.

Connect with Tariq here.

TOPICS


GET BIG: MASCULINITY, CULTURE, AND HOW OUR BOYS BECOME

“what is a man, if not/ a thing that is just/ a boy that did not die?”

In this lecture Tariq discusses his own learning process about traversing his dual identities as an Arab and a Westerner growing up in a conservative, religious home in America. From the times he unwittingly passed to the moments he embraced both the flack and the flight of minority-American boyhood, Tariq discusses and builds a dialogue around the nuances of becoming himself, becoming a man, and becoming an individual that advocates to dismantle patriarchy in spite of having grown marginally benefiting from it.

*This lecture can also be catered to a general audience as well as an audience of people that identify as Arab-American.

STANDING ON SHOULDERS: THE ETHICS OF BUILDING AND APPROPRIATION

Cultural appropriation, double-standards, gentrification– they’ve been around for centuries, but the global conversation is only just catching up thanks to the advent of social media. Growing more aware of this, how do we as creators [whether of art, technology, fashion, etc] remain conscious of these cultural and social ethics to ensure that we are pushing work that advances rather than exploits. As a Palestinian, some of Tariq’s greatest dilemmas lie in understanding when he is telling a necessary story, or appropriating the tragedy of his people for the sake of art– ultimately, it is the difference between standing on shoulders and stepping on backs. This lecture delves into Tariq’s growth process, rules he’s learned over the years, and what it means to invent/innovate while also navigating the social and societal implications that come of crafting from a place of privilege. We also look at what it means to mature as a PoC, or otherwise, identity is often forged from an oppressive lens.

OPPRESSION^2

It is impossible to go a single day without hearing something negative about people of color or places like the Middle-East, whether fabricated or otherwise. If we are not careful, we can fall victim to the negativity and succumb to the damage only to becoming damaging ourselves, perpetuating a cycle of violence and oppression. As an Arab-American, Tariq has grown accustomed to an existence that is not without its share of islamaphobic or anti-Arab rhetoric. However, he is also aware that in spite of these aggressions, fellow community members may sometimes take on a colonialist mindset of their own and feed a harmful machine. Tariq uses these experiences to navigate how our communities can be progressive while also being repressed. Being a part of an oppressed community does not give one the right to oppress others [because sometimes that is all they know], but that lack of progressiveness also does not serve as a justification for the oppressor. This lecture delves into what it means to navigate pride and self-love in the midst of oppression, while also being cognizant of our potential to erect negative systems of our own.