How to Love This Queer Body Workshop with Ebo Barton
September 19 at 10am - Noon Arizona Time Virtual Workshop on Zoom
All ages are welcome to participate in this workshop!
Two free sponsored spots are available for this workshop. Please email to claim a sponsor spot if the cost is prohibitive.
In this spoken word workshop, participants will tell the story of their body, dissecting not only their bodies in relationship to love in its many different forms, our relationship to self and investing into ourselves the way we might with another person. This workshop will unfold in the cycle of a relationship (i.e. attraction, dating, open relationships, monogamy/marriage, polyamory [loving yourself and allow others to love you] therapy, arguments, breaking up/divorce) but in reverse. These themes are not only calling for a story about a relationship between people but unpacking the story about relationship to oneself.
As Queer folks, our bodies are always in question, from our brains, to our hearts, right down to our genitals. The rest of the world believes they are entitled to understanding our bodies or telling us how we should live in our bodies. For some of us our bodies are always in question. Our cultures are questioned and then co-opted, we have always been a target of violence and our lives are a series of metaphorical hurdles, mountains and barriers. Our bodies are marked, fetishized, criticized and shamed. This workshop will invite the writers to create poems to discover stories, memories, and bonds we created with ourselves.
**Because of the sensitive nature of these topics, sharing your work is NOT a requirement**
Gain 8 writing prompts
Discuss with other writers about topics relating to differing or similar queer experience of bodies.
Discover different voices in your self-narrative
Analyze and/or become inspired by spoken word poem videos
Ebo Barton comes from salt— from the moment before worlds converge. In this world, we are still trying to articulate that mixed Black and Filipino, Transgender and Non-Binary, Queer, Artists and Educators not only matter but are precious. In another world, Barton is loved, safe, and valued. The only difference being that the latter is a path they must make themselves. You may have seen Ebo's work in Natasha Marin's Black Imagination and heard in the audiobook read by Grammy and Tony award winner, Daveed Diggs. You have also seen Ebo's work on The King County Metro, and online on Write About Now, Button Poetry, and All Def Poetry channels. In 2016, they placed 5th in the World at the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2017, they co-wrote and co-produced the award-winning play, "Rising Up". In 2018, they played "Invisible One" in Anastacia Renee's "Queer. Mama. Crossroads" and reprised the role in 2019. A leader in arts and activism, Ebo Barton is committed to creating opportunities for others to organize, heal and rejoice. From weekly open mics to curated shows like Alchemy Poetry with Ben Yisrael to educating across the country at various institutions, 2020 Jack Straw Writing Fellow, Ebo Barton's written, performative, and community work demand societal reckoning.
Once registration is purchased, a zoom link will be emailed to you one week before the event using the email you registered with. If any questions come up, please email Charissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.