Join Residential Life (ResLife) Graduate Hall Director Santi Marquez for the second session of a two-part workshop about using poetry, literature, and art to create meaningful connections with others. Through this second workshop, participants will share their collaborative projects. Santi, a master's student at Columbia Teachers College studying Counseling Psychology and Bilingual Mental Health, started a poetry project at Central Park during Fall 2019. Trying to share meaningful stories with others, he would sit at a bench with his typewriter and a sign that said, "Tell me a story, idea, or feeling, and I'll write you a poem." The project had incredible results; he shared many very intimate and vulnerable stories with strangers that approached him, listening to them with warmth, sharing a part of their life with them, and sometimes even sharing hugs (pre-COVID) with them. After their conversation ends, Santi would write them a poem that reflected the conversation, which they got to keep. Thanks to the project, he got invited to Word Up Community Library and Strand Bookstore to continue his work there. During the workshop, participants will share their paired experience, workshop their poem/art, discuss finding their own passion, and turn passion into doable art projects.