Oct 15 2015
Friday, Oct 23 noon-2pm
Room B-108, Shatner (SSMU) Building
This is a closed workshop: only self-identifying queer, trans,
Indigenous, mixed-race and people of colour may attend
“Survival as Choose Your Own Adventure: A Writing Workshop for 2QTPOC” with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
How do you write about the hardest and craziest shit you’ve survived when it’s the biggest secrets you’re not supposed to tell? Come create sacred space to share our queer Black and Brown stories of survival in this writing workshop. Using writing guidelines drawn from June Jordan’s Poetry for the People and looking at amazing writing by queer and trans/ disabled/ people of color / broke/ sex working survivor writers, we will write our own roadmaps to survival and document the
crazyamazing stories that only we have lived and can tell, while
learning and co-creating somatic (body based) tools to make this work easier. Bring some items for the writing altar. Snacks, paper and water provided.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer and performer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The author of the Lambda Award-winning poetry book “Love Cake and Consensual Genocide,” and co-editor of “The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities,” her writing has been widely anthologized. Leah Lakshmi released “Bodymap” in the
Spring of 2015 and “Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Colour Dreaming Her Way Home” in the Fall of 2015.
– Childcare is available upon request with 48-hours notice
– This event strives to be a scent free space, which means that we are asking anybody attending not to use products with scents and chemically added fragrances, as some people with sensitivities to these chemicals can be harmed by their presence. Here’s some literature about scent-free policies if you want to read more: http://www.ccohs.ca/
– The SSMU Building is wheelchair accessible, including automatic doors, bathrooms, and elevators.