Writing and Intimacy
Does ones capacity for intimacy make one a better writer? How do the literary arts help us to become more intimate with self and other, to bridge body and mind? Intimacy can take many forms: sensual, sexual, familial, platonic; it can be between lovers, friends, spouses, parents and children, business partners, artistic collaborators. How do we give words to forms of intimacy when these experiences run so close to the heart and bone? Maybe most importantly, intimacy exists between yourself and your own body, your awareness of the way you inhabit space. How does that awareness, or lack of awareness, play into your creativity? In this workshop, we will explore these questions through writing experiments and body work (guided meditation, sensory awareness exercises, breathing techniques). We will read poems and excerpts from Audre Lorde, Anne Carson, Anais Nin, Italo Calvino and others. We will also watch some clips of performance artists like Marina Abramovic. Please note: while this is not a class specifically about sex writing, frank discussions may occur.
About the Instructor:
Amber DiPietra is a poet and performance artist, writing-for-wellness teacher, intimacy coach, and a Somatic (body acceptance/awareness -focused) Sex Educator through the Institute of Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in California. Waveform, her poetry collaboration with Denise Leto, was published in 2011 by Kenning Editions. Other writing appears in anthologies like Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability; The Force of Whats Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde (2015) and several literary journals. Amber has lead writing workshops in nursing homes, vocational centers for the blind, juvenile detention centers and more. She creates participatory, body-based performances inquiries in places like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the woodhull Sexual freedom Summit in Washington DC, and at universities in Tucson, Boulder, and Ann Arbor. Here in St. Pete, Amber has created the body poetik, a project that helps people with marginalized bodies express their sensuality authentically.
Saturday, April 22 (1:00-3:00pm)
LitSpace Literary Arts Institute at Morean Arts Center (View)
719 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
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