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Unburying the House, the Home, the Holes: a writing workshop with Golden

  • World War II Club 50 Conz Street Northampton, MA, 01060 United States (map)
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Every first Tuesday, we bring you a special poet to lead a generative workshop. After the workshop, our guest poet gives a private reading of their own work. In February we are honored to have Golden lead a workshop called Unburying the House, the Home, the Holes.


Workshop Description: Under our heels, from the edge of our fingertips, microscopically and organically, we are always moving away and towards ourselves. We grow new lives like hydrangeas, or scabs, all to figure out where "Home," be. Through stains, the push and pull of time, & the labor of watering, one is able blossom new definitions of home through the holes that were made overtime. In this process of blooming, we sometimes forget to look back–to prune and water what has not yet finished feeding us, to cover and clean what has not yet healed. In this workshop we will excavate objects from our past, however immediate you describe this term, to investigate moments of transition. Centering the idea that transition, changing, and growing are all acts of home-making.  We will examine poems by Safia Elhillo and Jenny Xie to aid us in traveling back. Not to erect new scabs, but to kiss the scars for the lessons the blood has taught. Whether that means carrying forgotten seeds to a new bed, or plucking the dead roots to no longer allow them to fester. Here we convene to find the ground–to move forward–to get closer to home.

Golden is a black gender-nonconforming trans-femme visual artist and poet raised in Hampton, VA, currently residing in Boston, MA. Golden is a 2018 Winter Tangerine Fellow, 2017 Pink Door Fellow, the 2018 House Slam Grand Slam Champion, the 2016 NYU Grand Slam Champion, & was apart of the 2017/2018 NYU CUPSI Championship winning team. Their work has been featured on/at the Shade Journal, the Offing, i-D, Interview Magazine, W Magazine, & elsewhere. Golden holds a BFA in Photography from New York University. Website: mylessgolden.com, Instagram: mylesgolden, & Twitter: mylessgolden

Spots in the workshop are reserved in advance through our online system. $10. Low/no-fee spots available. Please contact us if you have questions.

Bring a notebook/writing utensil or a laptop. We’ll be writing!

Earlier Event: January 29
Potluck (Canceled due to weather)
Later Event: February 19
February Editing Workshop