Jennifer Patterson // Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

2016     Goddard College, MA in Individualized Studies 

2004     Philadelphia University, Bachelors of Science, concentration in Fashion Design

 

Additional Trainings

2019 8 week Awakening Energy Work & Breathwork Course, Jessica Dibb & team

2019 Breathwork Healer Training 3, David Elliott

2017 Breathwork Healer Training 1, Erin Telford

2017 Full Day Training, Psychedelic Harm Reduction & Integration, The Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program

2016 Certificate of Completion, Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, Andrew Tatarsky, The Center for Optimal Living & The New School for Social Research

2016 MA in Individualized Studies at Goddard Collegethesis on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction.

2009 Community Organizer & Facilitator for a project on sexual violence in a community in Brooklyn

2009 Rape Crisis Counselor Training, St. Vincent's Hospital for overnight on-call patient advocacy

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Publications

Books // Published

2020

The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices for Wellness

Author

Quarto/ Fair Winds Press

2016    

Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement

Editor and Contributor

Magnus/ Riverdale Ave Books

 

Books // In Progress

Assaults & Rituals (hybrid/ creative non-fiction)

 

Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction // Print and Online

2019 “Healing is Always Political”, interview with The Alchemist’s Kitchen

2019 “Watchers at the Edge”, 580 Split

2019 “Why Rejection Hurts and How to Deal With It”, Swipe Right (quoted)

2019 “Living in Liminality: Working with the Wounds of Trauma through Altered States & Poison Medicine”, VIDA

2018 “Anger as an Arrow”, Totto Journal

2018 “Diving into the Darkness”, Breathwork for Recovery blog

2016    “Introduction” & “These Bones”, Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement

2015    "Watchers at the Edge" collaboration with Aleksei Wagner, HandJob Zine

2014     "Dismemberment", OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, Issue #33

2014     “2 Poems”, Outrider Review

2014     Intro to Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement, The Feminist Wire

2012     “These Bones”, The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse

 

Journals

2016 Hematopoiesis Press, creative nonfiction editor (online)

 

Selected Interviews & Discussions // Print and Online

2018    "Fragility & Safety: Beyond the Promise of #MeToo", Bitch Magazine (quoted)

2017     "An Interview with Jennifer Patterson", Poets & Writers

2017    "Two Healers On Preparing for the Trump Era", Mask Magazine

2016     “Queering Sexual Violence”, The Breathe Network blog

2016     “How Do We Heal From Sexual Violence Against the Queer Community”, The Establishment

2014     "Radical Responsibility: a Conversation between Lisa Factora-Borchers & Jennifer Patterson", Make/shift Magazine, Issue 16

2014     “Queering Sexual Violence: IMA Student Jennifer Patterson interviewed by Lise Weil”, Worlds of Change blog

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Professional Experience

Selected Keynote, Panels & Speaking

2018

“Living in Liminality: Working with the Wounds of Trauma Through Altered States & Poison Medicine”
Keynote

Power of Words Conference

VT

"Queering Sexual Violence & The Politics of Healing"

Lecture

Colgate University

NY

 

2016

"Queering Sexual Violence: Dismantling Heteronormativity to Reimagine Prevention Work"

Keynote

NCCASA Primary Prevention Summit

Raleigh, NC

 

2015    

“What Story Are You Changing? Challenging Dominant Stories Through Art, Activism, and Community”

Panelist

Goddard College

Plainfield, VT

 

2014    

“Back to the Square: Many Faces of Sexual Violence in LGBTQ Communities”

Panelist

New York University LGBTQ Student Center

NY, NY

 

2010    

“Where Has All the Lavender Gone?”

Panelist

NCADV National Conference

San Diego, CA

 

Selected Workshops & Lectures

2018

"Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies)”

Workshop Facilitator (multiple 6 weeks sessions from 2016 and on)

NYHRE (New York Harm Reduction Educators) through Poets & Writers Grant

NY, NY

 

Guest Speaker & Breathwork Facilitator

Haven, the sexual violence resource center at Colgate University

 

Breathwork Workshops

HealHaus, Maha Rose, Grand Street Healing, & Juniper in Brooklyn, NY

 

"Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies)”

HealHaus, Maha Rose & Juniper in Brooklyn, NY

 

2017

HIV With: Writing with Trauma 

Workshop Co-Facilitator with Michael Crumpler (1 session)

Judson Church (funded by Poets & Writers)

NY, NY

 

"Wound Dwelling: Translating the Survivor Body(ies)”

Workshop Facilitator (multiple 6 weeks sessions from 2016 and on)

NYHRE (New York Harm Reduction Educators) through Poets & Writers Grant

NY, NY

 

2016

"Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies)"

Workshop Facilitator (5 weeks)

Brooklyn Community Pride Center (through Poets & Writers grant)

Brooklyn, NY

 

"Liberation Sounds Like"

Workshop Facilitator (1 session)

NCCASA Primary Prevention Summit

Raleigh, NC

 

"Wound Dwelling: Writing and Stitching the Survivor Body(ies)"

Workshop Facilitator (6 weeks)

Abrons Art Center

NY, NY

 

"Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies)"

Workshop Facilitator (6 weeks)

Transformative Language Arts

Online

 

“ “For Text to Be Like Skin”: Finding the Body in Language”

Workshop Facilitator (1 session)

Goddard College

Plainfield, VT

 

2015

"Wound Dwelling: Returning to a Body of Loss and Grief”

Workshop Facilitator (3 sessions)

2 veterans hospitals

Virginia

 

 “ “For Text to Be Like Skin”: Performing the Body in Words & Threads”

Guest Lecturer/ Workshop Facilitator (1 session)

Department of Performance Studies

New York University

NY, NY

   

“Wound Dwelling: Translating the Survivor Body(ies)”

Workshop Facilitator (1 session)

Goddard College

Plainfield, VT

 

“Mapping (dis)Embodiment: Using Writing and Fiber Art to Reimagine Queer Survivorhood and Healing”

Workshop Facilitator (5 sessions)

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Brooklyn, NY

 

Residencies

2016 Welcome Hill, Chesterfield, NH

2014 Welcome Hill, Chesterfield, NH

 

Related Work

2017-currently Breathwork facilitator

2011-currently    Herbalist

2009-2010    Rape Crisis Counselor, St. Vincent’s Hospital, NY, NY (now closed)

2009   Community Organizer, Project Envision, New York City Sexual Alliance Against Rape, NY, NY

2007-currently   Freelance Content Writing, Marketing & Social Media Management for small business owners and non-profits

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Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, words to explore survivorhood, body(ies) and healing. A queer and trans affirming and centering, trauma-experienced herbalist and breathwork facilitator, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner through her private practice Corpus Ritual and is a member of The Breathe Network, Breathwork for Recovery, and All Bodies. She facilitates writing and breathwork workshops at healing centers, LGBTQ centers, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, online with the Transformative Language Arts Network, sexual violence resource centers, at colleges and universities, and in the past, veterans hospitals, the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do? and a Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish healing center. editor of Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), speaks across the country, and has had writing published in places like VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, 580 Split, OCHO: A Journal of Queer ArtsNat. Brut, The EstablishmentHandJob, and The Feminist Wire. She is also the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis PressA graduate of Goddard College’s MA program, Jennifer is finishing a book project focused on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction. She is the author of The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices to Promote Well-being (Fair Winds Press) forthcoming in January 2020. You can find more at corpusritual.com.