the bod poe in 2021

  Not knowing when the dawn will come/ I open every door --Emily Dickinson As we leave 2020 behind--the year of a global pandemic, Covid deaths, job loss, isolation, racist murders and the uprisings that have followed, an election season that has revealed how truly divided the US is--I am grateful for the doors that have opened in this terrible time, hopeful entryways into 2021 While people were social distancing and staying in quarantine, I was finding that I had more access to work, friendship, art practice, and activism than I had ever had before. The culture of Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms necessitated by Covid has created these openings. As a person with multiple physical disabilities that make it difficult and riskier for me to navigate the built environment, I can now attend gatherings or join meetings whether or not it is safe to take an Uber, whether or not accessible public transit exists, on days when my remaining eyesight is extremely blurred due to illness, and


"It wasn't Paris, but it passed the time." This morning. I had my usual Bustelo (altho the light, the darkness, I'm sure the owners of this food co. are Latino Republicans) but also now I've totally switched to instant which is tasty enough in #Cuban espresso form. — amber dipietra (@thebodypoetik) September 22, 2020 from Twitter September 22, 2020 at 01:19PM via IFTTT

Disability and Sexuality Access Network Visioning Meeting

Join us on Sep 23, 2020 08:00 PM EST via Zoom for our first DASAN visioning meeting about what DASAN can be as a collective. I co-founded this organization with my colleague Cassandra Perry. How can we lift the voices of artists, activists, researchers, educators and others working at the intersection of disability justice and sexual freedom? How can we strengthen our networks, tackle access issues together, create more paths to development, and how can we give peer support to each other? If you have not already signed up, click here to RSVP or contact us with any questions at

The Poetics of Pleasure with Amber DiPietra. August 30, 2020

  Thanks to the inimitable Kelsey St. Press   for setting me up to offer this pleasure and poetics workshop  Via Zoom August 30 6p - 730 PDT Drawing from somatic practices, sensory awareness exercises, and holistic sex education, this workshop will be an exploration in how poetics and pleasure can build on each and bend toward personal and social liberation.  RSVP  here About KSP The press was founded in 1974 to address the marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers. From the beginning, we linked our editorial policy to a poetics of allowance, encouraging women to write directly from their own creative imperatives, and to a poetics of inclusion that embraces racial and cultural diversity. In the eighties, we instituted a series of cross-genre collaborative works between poets and visual artists. A decade later, as our list included more established writers, we created the Frances Jaffer Book Award and, then, the FIRSTS! series to ensure continued support


I'm offering The Poetics of Pleasure, Zoom workshop for @KelseyStPress Aug 30th 6pm PDT. Drawing from somatic practices, sensory awareness exercises, and holistic sex ed, how poetry can build our muscle for pleasure. — amber dipietra (@thebodypoetik) August 22, 2020 from Twitter August 21, 2020 at 10:01PM via IFTTT

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