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Writing as Body Work
LitSpace Literary Arts Institute at Morean Arts Center
Saint Petersburg, FL
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Writing as Body Work
How have traumatic, chronic, or peak physical experiences shaped the language of your thoughts? How do you look in your minds eye and how does that form the story of your everyday perceptions? What kind of reading and writing makes you more aware of your own bodys story--the very visceral story of your blood and guts, your sensory awareness? How can we create new forms in our writing, art, or life by bringing our body into the process and, reflexively, letting the process of creating enliven our bodies? In this group experiment, lead by Amber DiPietra, well feel our way through these questions by reading poems and passages from fiction, essay, and memoir. Well also do some guided meditation, breathwork, and simple exercises taken from healing arts modalities like massage, yoga, and contact improv dance. Bring a yoga mat or a beach blanket (depending on preference), wear workout clothes or comfy loungewear and comfy shoes, bring a couple extra pillows and blankets if you are the type to get cold.

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, September 9 (1:00-3:00pm)

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LitSpace Literary Arts Institute at Morean Arts Center (View)
719 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
United States

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