In this writing workshop with poet Giselle Buchanan, we will uplift the words and works of our literary foremothers past and present (including Aracelis Girmay, Audre Lorde, Sandra CIsneros, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lucille Clifton). Through the reading and writing of poems, we will reflect upon the world we’ve been given, the movement and the trials we’ve inherited, and the role art, and poetry in particular, plays in beginning the lifelong task of holding these things to the light and transforming them.
Giselle Buchanan is a Jamaican-American poet, multidisciplinary artist and writer from the Bronx, NY. As an artist deeply involved in her community, she has worked extensively with women, incarcerated men on Rikers Island and children in East Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Additionally, she has facilitated workshops for various organizations and universities, including the Bronx Museum, MoCADA Museum, Harlem Textile Works, New York Writers Coalition, and Tufts University. She has performed in many places, from bookstores to ballrooms, like Hammerstein Ballroom, the Apollo Theater, the Chicago Theater, Housing Works Bookstore, New York University, and more. She has published writings in the literary magazine, Hanging Loose and her poems have been featured on media outlets like MSG network and Nickelodeon. She was featured on xoNecole.com as one of 5 Black Women Artists You Need To Know. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Accessibility information for this event: WCCW has a 36” wide ramp at our front entrance and a stairway with 8 steps and a rail. There are 2 gender neutral restrooms. One restroom is wheelchair accessible, with a handrail. We provide scent free soaps and encourage guests to attend our events scent free. If you require ASL interpretation, CART, interpretation for a language other than English, supervised childcare, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact [email protected] at least two weeks in advance. It is our practice to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.
*All members get 20% off paid programming. A limited number of free spots are also available for Warrior & Goddess level members. Email [email protected] to inquire about free tickets.
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