A WRITING WORKSHOP at the Brecht Forum on “Manhattan’s Left Bank” in West Greenwich Village at 451 West Street (that’s the West Side Highway) between Bank & Bethune Streets
Co-sponsors: Broken Beautiful Press and Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative
Audre Lorde and the Poetics of Community Building
Ebony Noelle Golden & Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Ebony Noelle Golden present an interactive performance and writing workshop about the poetic process of community building. Using the poetry and theory of black lesbian feminist warrior mother Audre Lorde to create activities and discussion topics, this performance/workshop is especially designed for those seeking to build community through progressive organizing and creative transformation. Alexis and Ebony will be sharing and reflecting on the methods they used and learned in Durham, North Carolina as part of a women of color survivor-led coalition to end gendered violence and create sustaining transformative love day by day. (*special treat!: In honor of June Jordan’s birthday participants will also find out how they can get free copies of the interactive anthology Wrong is Not My Name created by UBUNTU.)
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black trouble-maker, a member of UBUNTU and SpiritHouse and the founder of BrokenBeautiful Press (www.brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com). Alexis is also a PhD candidate in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University.
Ebony Noelle Golden is a poet, editor, director, performer a member of UBUNTU Artistic Response and SpiritHouse and the founder of Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative (http://bettysdaughterarts.synthasite.com/). She is the factiliator of the Poetry By the People annual writing intensive, Gumbo YaYa and the editor of In the People’s Hands.
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers
No One Turned Away
Join Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind for a field trip!!!!
On Tuesday April 14th at 5:30 pm we will be going to hear black feminist poet and literary critic Elizabeth Alexander read at the Nasher Musuem of Art (2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC, 27705).
Read The Venus Hottentot (one of Alexander’s important black feminist poems) before-hand (download here:the-venus-hottentot) and join us for tea, treats and conversation afterwards!
For more information email: email@example.com
Brief bio for Alexander below:
Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. Alexander has degrees from Yale University and Boston University and completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published five books of poems: The Venus Hottentot (1990), Body of Life (1996), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), American Sublime (2005), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and was one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Bks of the Year;” and, most recently, her first young adult collection (co-authored with Marilyn Nelson), Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color (2008 Connecticut Book Award). Her two collections of essays are The Black Interior (2004) and Power and Possibility (2007), and her play, “Diva Studies,” was produced at the Yale School of Drama.
DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
W.D. Recreation Center to celebrate the achievements of women
Durham, NC: In observance of Women’s History Month, Durham Parks and Recreation will host an evening of fun, food and celebration of women on Friday, March 20, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at W.D. Hill Recreation Center, 1308 Fayetteville St., Durham. There is no cost and the event is open to the public.
The celebration will include dance performances by the R.O.S.E. Dancers and The Studio; spoken word by Prometheus Bound Poets, a group of students from Hillside High School; and a community dinner. There will also be a panel discussion entitled “Eyes on the Horizon: The State of Women Today” that will be moderated by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, PhD candidate in English, Africana and Women’s Studies at Duke University and founder of Broken Beautiful Press. Rukiya Dillahunt, Assistant Principal at Mary Phillips High School and member of the Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ) Women’s Commission; Carolyn Hinton, Founder, CAARE Inc.; Minnie Forte-Brown, Instructor English and Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University and Durham Public Schools Board Chairperson, will serve on the panel.
Other activities include kids activities and games; information booths from area organizations and businesses; free, confidential HIV testing provided by CAARE, Inc.; free Reiki sessions and an accessories exchange where participants can donate and/or exchange gently-used hats, scarves and handbags. Accessories that are left over will be donated to Pennies for Change, a non-profit thrift store owned and operated by the Durham Crisis Response Center. For more information, call (919) 560-4292.
Grassroots Media Tour – Details!! September 21, 2008
Finally – details on the tour! Please email if you need more information, or want the tour to come to your city.
Info on presenters and background on the tour is here.
October 2 – 6 – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Puck Lo, Jen Angel
October 7 – 8 Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Puck Lo, Jen Angel, Jordan Flaherty
October 9 – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Puck Lo, Jordan Flaherty
October 10 – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Puck Lo, Jordan Flaherty, Jesse Muhammad
October 11 – 13 – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Jordan Flaherty, Jesse Muhammad
October 14 – 15 – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Jordan Flaherty, Jesse Muhammad
October 17 – 23 – Hadassah Hill, Jordan Flaherty, Jesse Muhammad
October 3 – Greensboro, NC
The HIVE, 1214 Grove St.
(Near the Coliseum, Glenwood Library and UNCG)
More info: Isabell or 336.209.4641
October 4 & 5 – Asheville, NC
Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. (next to the purple building), Downtown Asheville, NC
More info: 828-255-8115 or Kila
Oct 4: 7 p.m. Presentation
Oct 5: 12 noon “Pressed for Knowledge” workshop
Oct 5: 2 p.m.: “From Oral History to Radio Documentary” Workshop
October 9 – Valdosta, GA
More info: Zachary
Hildegard’s, 101 E. Central Ave, 7 p.m.
October 10-11 – Miami, FL
The Workers Center, 6127 NW 7th Ave, Miami, fl, 33127
Oct 10: 7 to 9 p.m., Oct 11: Workshops, 1 to 5 p.m.
More info: Joseph or 305-759-8717 ext 1029
October 12 – Gainesville, FL
Civic Media Center, 1021 W. University Ave
For more info: Civic Media Center or (352) 373-0010
Workshops at 3 and 5, Presentation at 7 p.m.
October 13 – Pensacola FL
More info: Open Books
3 p.m. “Pressed for Knowledge” Workshop: University of West Florida, Room 191 in Building 36, the Communication Arts building, 11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514, Sponsored by The Voyager
7 p.m. Presentation, Center for Social Justice, 1603 N. Davis Hwy., Pensacola, sponsored by Movement for Change
October 14 – New Orleans, LA
Seventh Ward Neighborhood Center, 1943 Pauger St (at Urquhart), New Orleans, LA
Co-Sponsored by New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and Mondo Bizarro
More info: Jordan
October 18 – Houston, TX
Rice Cinema on the Rice University Campus, entrance #8, University and Stockton Drive
Workshops: 2 p.m., Presentation: 7:30 p.m.
Sponsors: Houston Media and Sedition Books
More info: Tish
October 19-21 – Austin, TX
Sponsored by Skillshare Austin
Oct 19: Workshops, details TBA, Rhizome Collective
Oct 20: 7 p.m. Monkeywrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, Texas 78751
October 22 – Denton, TX
8 to 10 p.m., J&J’s Pizza, 118 West Oak Street, on the square
Web Presence workshop, 2-3:30 pm, Texas Woman’s University library
More info: Ellen
Eye to Eye: We Can Mother Ourselves: Session 2 Summer of Our Lorde
Monday July 28th in Durham, NC
Wednesday August 6th in DC
or go to www.summerofourlorde.wordpress.com for more details.
Wrong is Not My Name: Transforming Survival Into Autonomous Media
A Zine Making Workshop at
Lisa Factora-Borchers, Sydette Harry, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nadia Ann Abou-Karr
What are the needs of radical womyn of color? How do we create a safe space to talk about our on and offline needs? We invite womyn of color, especially young minds, to discuss the role of blogging and new media in building community and connections, and supporting the many movements within feminism.
Saturday, March 29th 2:00pm-3:30pm:Cambridge, MA
7 Temple Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Black Power, Black Feminism: Black Women’s Activism and Development of Womanist / Feminist Consciousness in the Era Black Power.
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Friday–Saturday March 7-8, 2008
Check out SpiritHouse’s interactive poetic workshop…
Roundtable Discussion: 1:30-3pm March 8th 2008
For Assata: The Power of Intergenerational Black Feminist Practice
Ebony Golden, New York University
Nia (Nancy) Wilson, Spirit House
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Duke University
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
December 17th, 2007
Charis Books and More Atlanta, Georgia: 7:00-8:30pm
December 17th is the 5th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Please join us as we celebrate this important day of action with a sex worker open mic, a few brief video screenings and inspiring conversation on the movement for sex workers rights, dignity and de-criminalization! This event is free and open to everyone, however to participate as a performer in the open mic, the organizers request that you be a current or former sex worker. For more information, please visit: www.swopusa.org/dec17 and www.myspace.com
Participate or host your own online/at home reflection, film screening, writing session with the intention on ending violence against sex workers NOW.
Did you miss out on the BrokenBeautiful Behavior at SisterSong the Allied Media Conference and the US Social Forum? Fear not!
SisterSong Report Back: Click here to check out a new REPORT-BACK from the SISTERSONG conference in the Kitchen Table: Women of Color Pressed to Express space!
Allied Media Madness Making:
Read a talk from the ‘Hijacking the Master’s Tools” in the upcoming anthology from Liquid Words Productions “What We Think”.
download the Outlaw Vision ‘zine created in the UBUNTU/Brokenbeautiful Press “Wrong is Not My Name” workshop here
United States Social Forum:
read “Poem About How Much I Want You” presented at the Building a Queer Left pre-forum meeting right here
read “Brown and Blue” presented at the Art of Community Healing Workshop here
read “Already: Presencing a Feminist Future” presented at the Feminisms: Gender, Race and Class panel here