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

What: 5 week writing & embroidery workshop that will meet Wednesday nights
Dates & Time: November 16 through December 14th 6:30pm-8pm
Cost: FREE!! 
In the interest of keeping a smaller space, there is room for 10 people. 

This space is for queer & trans people who self-ID as victims/ survivors/ thrivers and more. Also, survivorhood is inclusive of so many things and while this will be largely centered on sexual violence, theres space for the many intersections of traumatic experience that so many of us are moving through.

Please plan to commit to all 5 weeks & RSVP to yesthisjennifer [at] gmail [dot]com BY NOVEMBER 14th.
What is the physicality of a wound? What types of loss feel nearly impossible to come back from? Can we dive into the wound, the loss: excavate and unearth it? In this class we will focus on survival and survivorhood; what it looks and feels like to live beyond traumatic experiences. The dominant narratives about the survivor body(ies)— oft pathologized as disembodied, disassociated and unwell— will be turned on their heads. We can never actually leave our bodies, as hard as we might try (and as wise as we are in our reasons for trying) and are therefore always already embodied. Too often survivors that are also writers are told to not dwell in the trauma, that writing from personal and traumatic experience isn’t “legitimate” writing. 

Reading work by Arianne Zwartjes, Bhanu Kapil, Tara Hardy, Amber Dawn, Melissa Febos, Leslie Jamison, T Fleishmann, Reina Gossett, Kazim Ali (and so many more) we will also generate our own written body of work as we consider how embodied practice(s) (like writing and stitching) can be utilized to support our writing from the body and through trauma. In the final class we will also work on translating the writing into an embroidery pieces as an active meditation. A wound as a word as a picture, giving shape to the energy rippling in a body after experiencing trauma(s)— moving from skin to paper and fiber.

Note: “Wound Dwelling” is language drawn from Leslie Jamison’s work
Accessibility info coming soon.