Writers, this one’s for you! On Sunday, April 9th at 2 PM, Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers will offer Tendings, a craft talk, thinking about writing and artful ways of being as methods to build sustainable (queer/crip/mad) spaces. They will share insights from small everyday collaborative practices that combine experiential anatomy, eco-specific investigations, somatic exercises, and writing. Interspersed in the talk will be audience engagement invitations to explore silence, a free-write, and other moments of embodied writerly play (so bring your writing notebook!).
Beer and wine will be available for a donation. This event is FREE for Cabin members and students with code and $5 for everyone else.
Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. Her debut poetry collection, The Color She Gave Gravity (The Operating System 2017), was a Nightboat Poetry Prize finalist. Her work most recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Typo, Streetnotes, Nerve Lantern, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Spoon Knife Anthology, Theatre Topics, and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her partner and collaborator, Petra Kuppers.
Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, teaching in performance studies. She also teaches on the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Her most recent poetry collection, PearlStitch, appeared with Spuyten Duyvil Press (2016). She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and in 2016/7 she was engaged in the Asylum Project, co-led with her partner Stephanie Heit.
You can hear about her perspectives on disability arts and community arts in this October 2016 podcast: https://soundcloud.com/humanities-pitt/petra-kuppers-interview
The PBS series Detroit Performs created this short documentary about Petra’s community performance practice: http://video.dptv.org/video/2365737793/
Saturday, April 8 at 1 PM: Workshop at Surel’s Place, 212 E 33rd St in Garden City
Friday, April 21 at 6:30 PM: Reading at Surel’s Place as part of the Surel’s Place Poetry Series.
Participants can (and should!) register here.