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


The School of Making Thinking is an artist/thinker residency program, an experimental college, and a nomadic investigation in intentional living. The mission is to create a unique environment where participants are able to develop a creative practice that challenges disciplinary conventions of art-making, thinking and living.

In collaboration with The School of Making Thinking and Abrons Art Center, I am offering an 8 week somatic writing workshop. 

From September 29 through November 17, 2016 on Thursdays at 7 – 9 PM
8 sessions for $180 | Register

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.  Reading work by Arianne Zwartjes, Bhanu Kapil, Melissa Febos, Amber Dawn, Chris Abani, TC Tolbert, Claudia Rankine, T Fleischmann, Kazim Ali (and so many more) and working with theory and visual art (embroidery and performance artists) we will generate our own written body of work as we consider how embodied practice(s) (like writing and stitching) can  support our writing from the body and through trauma. We will also work on translating the writing into embroidery pieces and will use embroidery as an active meditation.