Next Tues. THIS IS EAST Brazilian Poetry & Blockprint Salon


Literatura de Cordel Brazilian String-Poetry & Blockprint Salon

Join us as we take a trip to Northern Brazil through a hands on art, music & literature experience!

The workshop series is open to all skill levels/interests and will delve into the tradition of Literatura de Cordel with:

ART… a simple print workshop led by Marina Seevak of Beautiful Stuff to create covers
ENJOYMENT… an overview and staged reading of Cordel literature
WRITING… a writing workshop facilitated by Leonina Heringer, with time for personal writing!


Tuesday, April 1, 3-5 PM
Beautiful Stuff 137 Broadway East Somerville
ALL ages, drop in, no pre-registration required

Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-9 P.M.
MudFlat Studios, 81 Broadway, East Somerville
Limit 25 people, recommended for 13 and older, pre-registration strongly encouraged.

In addition, there will be a Cordel drop in day at Beautiful Stuff 4/22 2-5 P.M.

What is ‘Literatura de Cordel’?

Cordel Literature (from the Portuguese term Literatura de Cordel, literally ‘string literature’) are popular and inexpensively printed booklets or pamphlets containing folk novels, poems and songs, which are produced and sold in fairs and by sidestreet vendors in the Northeast of Brazil. They are so named because they are hung from strings in order to display them to potential clients. According to the poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade it is one of the purest manifestations of the inventive spirit, the sense of humor and the critical capacity of Brazilians from the interior and of the humblest backgrounds. They are usually produced in black and white, in quatro format, and are illustrated with woodcuts.

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