September 7, 2014

the body poetik at the Writing, Thinking, Being conference

In October, TBP goes on the road, to Naropa University, a Buddhist college in Boulder. It is home to my mentor--writer, professor, and Aryuvedic healer--Bhanu Kapil. It is also home to a healthier aspect of  Jack Kerouac's spirit.  

And, I will be met there by my friends and fellow performance artists/bodyworkers from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Here is a description of our panel in the conference:

Writing and Performing [Dis]embodied States of Being: The Poetics of Disability, Movement, Grief, and Sensuality 

Shelia Black, Amber DiPietra, Margit Galanter, Lisa Gill, Violet Juno, and Denise Leto. As five interdisciplinary artists, we propose a collaborative panel presentation which will involve poetry, multimedia, and cross-genre performance exploring the poetics of embodiment/disembodiment: how different and differently abled bodies move in space and time both on and off the page in relation to movement, language, loss, and sensuality. Through somatic practices such as qi gong, performance art, embodied poetry, meditation, and live writing we will present a kinetic, aural, and literary articulation of these states of being. Within a rigorous investigation into the myth of heroic, virtuosic embodiment in multiple expressive mediums we will explore the unexpected subject: bodies in difference via challenges in physical capacity or social and political presence. We will ask: How might we enact new meaning in translative states of being within an exacting aesthetic that is capacious enough to address the body in transformation? How can movement strain the "able-bodied" expectation? How can the textual and physical body evoke perspectival shifts in the definition and experience of desire? How can loss, death, breath, and non-breath inform both the dynamism and stasis of writing and performing? In our panel, we hope to surface an emergent discussion of elegy and healing, corporeal disjunct and concord through the prism of multiple genres. In so doing, we will cultivate conceptions of embodiment/disembodiment in which the disparate pieces are not so much reconciled as they are highlighted in a fractured communion of the imaginary.

Ever a fan of Google image search,  here are some gorgeous images that come up for Naropa.






P.S. If you do a Body Poetik's class or consult with me, expect to move your body through inspired Google image searches.

July 29, 2014

Comma Sutra: your sacrum in an electric sentence

A body poetics workshop for getting in touch with your own unique sensuality through poems, songs, lit fragments, anecdotes, some meditation, breath work, and other quirky hybrid improv stuff.



Your sacrum is your root chakra, the tip of your tail bone, you anchor and drive. Poetics is not words and lines, but pulse and sensation. Let's explore. This workshop can take many directions depending upon participant expectations and interests, so bring your sensual, poetic hopes and intentions!



Find out more about me at writetoconnect.blogspot.com I am a poet, performance artist and CA-certified sexological bodyworker.

People of all ages (18 and up), shapes, sizes, genders, and orientations welcome! Artsy-types of all kinds welcome (not just poets) Bodyworkers too...!

Starts August 16th, 3:30pm at Wilson's Book World.


$10 suggested donation.

June 2, 2014

Eva Blake explains everything about why I went to San Francisco to get certified in sexological bodywork.

This comedian lady at Portland's version of TEDTalks explains Exactly what it felt like when I was at sex school in San Francisco this April. She also helps me out of the rut I have been in since last week, when a very artsy, zany red-headed naked lady came up to me at Caliente (where supposedly, I was might find a welcoming community of clients and fellow explorers). This lady looked at my flyers for intro to sex bod classes, laughed and said, "Oh honey, I already know how to masturbate." The rut wash;t about her misconception, but my failure to articulate how much and more and how much less it was then that, the zen of it.




Eva says

"I wanted to know what was beyond this place [...] I had come to this class for erotic embodiment [...] throwing myself off the cliff of sexual vulnerability [...]"
And she explains why poetry, or stand-up, or artful telling, is the hilarious, strange, beautiful moment of orgasm and failure and being alive.

April 16, 2014

W2C with a focus on erotic vitality through poetry and touch

I've just returned from San Francisco, where I was working toward my certification as a somatic sex educator at the Institue for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality. The Write to Connect website will appear a bit disheveled as I re-invent it to express my new focus.

I am looking for new volunteers, clients, and workshop participants interested in erotic wellness and creativity. More info coming soon, but don't hesitate to be in touch!






April 5, 2014

Comma Sutra, coming soon!

In alignment with my process of studying to be a certified sexological bodywork. I am creating a niche for the erotic in Write To Connect.

Comma Sutra will be an erotic writing class, with optional bodywork (light, energetic touch, clothed). 


Learn to use your spine as an electric sentence!

Touch your sacrum  with words (the red chakra at the base of your spine).

Use your sacrum as a comma that spins and opens and dances the words!

Get in touch with me about details!

amberdipietra@gmail.com
415-867-1124

$20 per person, $15 if you sign up through Valentine's Day weekend.

Ages 18 and up. Seniors, couples, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations/genders especially welcome.



March 1, 2014

Featured Artist: Gabriel Anthony

All featured artists on W2C are currently working on ways to integrate their mind-body into their art and everyday life.



Gabriel is an artist working in mixed media collage and shadow boxes. A former rock singer, he has now turned his attention to acting and is also considering burlesque. He has been in recovery for 4 years and his life is much transformed. Gabriel lives in San Francisco, where his is a mental health counselor. You can find him on Instagram at ganthony7 or moonlighting on his friend’s blog at Write To Connect



January 15, 2014

Write To Connect at St. Pete Zinefest

I was so excited to find out that there was a St. Pete Zinefest!  Zines are tangible, low-key, simple but intricate, D.I.Y, portable pieces of written or drawn art. To me, zines are a perfect bridge between the body and writing. Here I am, all packed up to have a table at last Saturday's zinefest. I was going to use my massage table and offer poetic bodywork sessions, but the rain ruled that part out. (Though it did get me to thinking about having a booth at the Saturday Market with some such an offering.) Yes--that is a glitter-enhanced shot glass, yes--that is my new "doctor" bag with my very old owl amulet (shout-out to Candice, giver of enduring gifts), yes--that is the $5 zodiac Samsonite suitcase/stage from a thrift store in Berkeley that I made my mom and Arti Glove lug across the country.

 The night begins.


Here's my table,  with a range of offerings from my ongoing trifold projects and some older publications.


The Black Panthers advanced the popularity of acupuncture in the West? Who knew? I got to table next to zinefest sponsor St. Pete Community Acupuncture (Greg, thank you!) This felt like special serendipity--another bridge between bodywork/wellness and art.


Mitzi of the fabulous arm warmers--she runs the Bluebird Book Bus. It's part mobile bookstore, installation space, cultural venue. Find her at the Seminole Heights Market and here.


The Free Skoolers! "St. Petersburg Free Skool is a community project working to fill a perceived gap in the St. Petersburg area by encouraging self-reliance, critical consciousness, and personal development. A free skool is a decentralized network in which skills, information, and knowledge are shared without hierarchy or the institutional environment of formal schooling" Look for a free W2C class at Free Skool soon!


View from behind my suitcase, with peacock feathers.


This charming lady bought a chapbook from me!




Kelly Steele (left) who put on zinefest. Aka, Kelly the Owl and her Tell Me a Story project.



This guy is a proud luddite/OG zinester who this made a zine about making zines! No computers involved!


This guy is my boyfriend who was helping me navigate the bathroom at zinefest. Mobility issues and punk rock toilets don't mix. That being said, I adore this bathroom.


Being in love with this lamp.


Short girl's view of the band.


So, yeah--zinefest was hosted by The Venture Compound, which is a gallery, insallation and performance art space in a warehouse not far from downtown St. Pete. Tis is, absolutely, my new favorite space in St. Pete. When I moved to San Francisco in 2002, I had the sinking feeling that I had missed a golden era of gritty, accessible (affordable, non-intimidating) art parties. I certainly never felt cool enough to go to warehouse art parties when I lived in SF--though I did have amazing times there in other ways.  What I am trying to say that TVC is my new/old San Francisco, the best part I never got to have. I hope to do a Write To Connect event there soon. And, maybe import some disability arts events to that space as well.