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Writing With Trauma: with Jennifer Patterson + Michael Crumpler

  • Judson Memorial Church 243 Thompson Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)


With: Jennifer Patterson + Michael Crumpler

Living with HIV can be a traumatic experience. Caring for someone living with HIV can be a traumatic experience. In this workshop, writers will have an opportunity to write alongside trauma about their experiences of HIV with the help of Jennifer and Michael. Both will share their work, and their talent to help people work their own thoughts and feelings through writing.

Part of a multi-week series called:


This 5 - part writing workshop series brings together writers, care givers and others living with HIV and impacted by the epidemic to share their experiences and skills. The workshops are free, and open to the public. Some experience with HIV and a desire to write is all you need to participate. Brought to you by Poets and Writers and What Would an HIV Doula Do?

Series Curator: Theodore Kerr & Poster Artwork: Virgil Taylor


Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses words, threads and plants to explore queer survivorhood, body(ies) and healing. She is the editor of Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), facilitates trauma-focused writing & embroidery workshops and has had writing published in places like OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, The Establishment, HandJob, and The Feminist Wire. She is also the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis Press with the first issue out in January 2017. A queer and trans affirming, trauma-informed herbalist, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner with The Breathe Network as well as through her own practice Corpus Ritual Apothecary. Jennifer also recently finished a graduate program with a thesis focused on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction. You can find more at

Michael Crumpler is a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective. He has his MDIV from Union Theological Seminary and has worked as an organizer, pastor, and chaplain. He brings to all his work his experiences as a Black Gay Man living in the US who lives with love, hope, addiction, HIV, and community. Michael blogs regularly at He has written a draft of his memoir. His story, and writing have been featured in the following media: After Party, Poz Magazine; Spiritual Care: Finding Your Way, Healthcare Chaplaincy Network webinar series testimonial feature about spiritual needs of living with HIV (May, 2015); From Faith To Faith: An Analysis Of My Personal And Theological Movement From Right To Left And The Journey In-Between, Master of Divinity thesis read by Drs. James H. Cone and Gary J. Dorrien, Union Theology Seminary (April, 2015); Making Sense Of My Military Service And My Christian Faith, Plainviews® (March, 2015); Faggot, adolescent theory paper recommended for Publishing By Dr. Pilar Jennings, Professor Of Psychology And Religion, Columbia University (April, 2014).