NoHoPoCo is a brave space. We know that we can’t guarantee our spaces are safe for everyone all the time, but we believe our community can work to minimize harm that tends to arise in poetry and arts communities.
The following points highlighting what makes a brave space are borrowed from this paper: NASPA Safe Spaces and Brave Spaces
Controversy with civility, where varying opinions are accepted
Owning intentions and impacts, in which community members acknowledge and discuss instances where a dialogue has affected the emotional well-being of another person
Challenge by choice, where community members have an option to step in and out of challenging conversations
Respect, where community members show respect for one another’s basic personhood “No attacks,” where community members agree not to intentionally inflict harm on one another
No attacks, where community members agree not to intentionally inflict harm on one another
We encourage dialogue and firmly believe in the need to hold all community members accountable, particular its organizers. If you would like to reach out to begin a dialogue, please contact Catherine Weiss and Tara Bernier through the contact form, or individually through our respective social media platforms.