Performances and Workshops

Through the Labyrinth by Jacks McNamara

Writing & Reading

Inbetweenland

I will perform selections from Inbetweenland, my book of collected poems. I am happy to offer either a 45 minute set with Q&A afterwards, or to feature at curated readings and open mics with other local writers opening the show.

Writing Ourselves Alive:  Poetry Workshop for Queer, Trans, & Genderfabulous Writers

Offered as an in-person workshop or a 5 week online intensive. In this workshop we will read and write all the brilliance and beauty of what we have survived and what we are building. Using prompts, free-writes, the magnificent muck of our lives, and the full wing-span of our imaginations, we will generate new poems and revise old.

Survival and Grace: Writing Workshop

Based on my new book Inbetweenland, we'll explore how writing can help us find voice for the devastating and the beautiful. Through writing prompts and discussing examples of related literature, we'll open space to write about how we move through trauma, experience desire, chart our own madness, and find our ways home. Available as a 2 or 4 hour workshop.

Somatics & Radical Mental Health

 

Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness

This interactive workshop is based on the classic Icarus Project book, Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, which has recently been re-released in its 10th edition! We'll talk about what it means to be "crazy" in a crazy world, and find language for our own experiences of mental health and emotional/spiritual distress. Through facilitated discussion, writing, partnered exercises, sharing stories, and working on our own wellness maps, we'll develop our visions of self-care and community healing. Available as a 2 or 4 hour workshop.

Intro to Somatics & Mutual Aid

Somatics offers us ways to come back into our bodies after trauma or oppression and develop new skills in how we interact with the world. In this short introductory workshop, we will explore some exercises that help us inhabit our own bodies and be more present and connected with other people. The skills offered will be useful both for people who experience extreme emotional distress and for those who are in support roles, whether family, friends, or practitioners. Available as a 2 or 4 hour workshop

Collective Liberation and Radical Mental Health

How do privilege, oppression and collective liberation relate to radical mental health? How can we create communities that support our mental and emotional health as activists? Does the undertaking of collective liberation recognize diversity in mental health experience? Can be offered as a 2 hour facilitated discussion or a 4 hour expanded workshop.

Bent, Not Broken: Queer/Trans Lives and Mental Health

A community discussion of the intersections between queer and trans lives and experiences of emotional distress, “mental illness,” and healing.

Dis-abilities, Diverse-abilities, and Dangerous Gifts Workshop

“It is so simply true, what disability justice is saying to social justice: a sustainable movement doesn’t leave any bodies or minds out. A sustainable movement doesn’t involve anyone destroying their body or pretending their body, or mind, is something other than what it is.” – Editors, Make/Shift Magazine Winter 2010

How do we create a world where we can all show up, exactly as we are, with our suffering and our challenges, while also recognizing our potential for healing, recovery, and transformation? How does the language we use to frame our struggles have the potential to create opportunities for solidarity and connection, or further isolate and disempower us? Come join us in an exploration of the complex terrain between mad pride and disability justice. Can be offered as a 2 or 4 hour workshop.

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