Raphael is available for readings/performances at literary arts events, colleges, conferences, demonstrations, and more. Tailoring content to meet the needs and interests of specific audiences, Raphael recites original poetry examining issues of oppression and privilege, primarily in the context of race, class, and gender, as well as topics related to U.S. Jewish identity, and the vital struggle to strip Zionism of its cultural influence and political might. Drawing on work published in Scrutinizing Lines, his first full-length poetry collection, as well as newer, unpublished writings, Raphael’s readings/ performances incite, inspire, and ultimately urge audiences to not only imagine social change, but undertake the everyday work needed to effect it.
For school assemblies and classroom residencies, Raphael is committed to shaping content and instruction so as to meet age-specific needs and interests, and equally invested in integrating classroom curriculum.
For high school and college age students, Raphael offers interactive workshops and trainings on issues of racial justice, including the history of racism in the U.S., structural racism today, power and privilege, cultural appropriation, models of resistance, and storytelling as activism. Drawing on years of experience in curriculum design and group facilitation through his involvement with Y-Step (Youth Step Towards Addressing Racism), Raphael regularly collaborates with organizational colleagues to lead workshop and training series with returning groups, often incorporating theater activities, film viewings, guided conversations, literary arts projects, and service learning components.
Please contact Raphael directly for more information on any of the above, including pricing, planning, or to discuss your specific needs, timeframes, and financial firstname.lastname@example.org
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