Write-to-Heal Poetry Reading & Talk

May 11, 2009

When: Tuesday May 12th, 2009, 7-9pm

Where: The Harwood Art Center 1114-7th St. NW (242-6367)

Cost: Free or donations 

Join Mary Oishi, Michelle Otero, & Lisa Gill

This reading and talk will address violence against women as well as everything from healing from trauma with words to celebrating the strength and vitality of women surviving against odds. Physical, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing will be addressed. The trio of speakers will provide a wide range of stylistic takes on the issues and help develop and discuss myriad strategies for incorporating writing into recovery processes.

An open mic, poetry-round-robin, led by Mary Oishi will follow.

Mary Oishi is a lifelong cultural activist, personally writing and performing lyrics and poetry of struggle, as well as organizing events honoring women, protesting war, combating racism, and championing human rights. She served as an NGO delegate to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism. She was honored by Pridefest 2007 for her Queer Poetry Series and her work with GLBT teens. Oishi has worked in community and college public radio since 1995, and serves on staff at KUNM. She is dedicated to giving people voice, whether on the airwaves or in a coffeeshop or stage.

Michelle Otero is the author of Malinche’s Daughter (Momotombo Press, 2006), an essay collection based on her work with women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is a founding member of The Women Writers’ Collective, an El Paso-based group that raises awareness of women’s issues. She holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College.

Lisa Gill is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and the author of two books of poetry, Red as a Lotus and Mortar & Pestle. Her essays appear in Blue Mesa Review, The Truth About the Fact, and Room Magazine and one was a finalist in the Writers@Work competition sponsored by Quarterly West. She was the artistic director of STIR: A Festival of Words and is currently serving as an intern for the Governor’s Women’s Health Advisory Council to plan events for National Women’s Health Week.


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