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Celebration of the Life and Work of Larry Eigner

I can't believe I have to miss this (will be out-of-town). I am despairing. Here is their post about it, from SF state's Poetry Center page.
If you are interested in joining a Write To Connect workshop, do think about going. We will be talking a lot about Eigner in WTC. The venue is very accessible by bus and their is a ramp on the left hand side of the building, though the door is not automatic.

Celebration of the Life and Work of Larry Eigner
September 11 · 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary) San Francisco, CA
with Richard Eigner, Robert Grenier, Norma Cole, Steve Dickison, Stephen Farmer, Jack & Adelle Foley, Kathleen Frumkin, Tinker Greene, Lyn Hejinian, Duncan McNaughton, Laura Moriarty, Stephen Ratcliffe, Kit Robinson
Join us for a celebration of the life and work of extraordinary American poet Larry Eigner (1927-1996), to mark the occasion of the publication of THE COLLECTED POEMS OF LARRY EIGNER, fou…

Eye Gaze Communications

Some folks have been confused by my reference to writing that can happen as "a blink of the eye". This sounds like a cliché, but really--it is true, in a way that is continually being re-imagined and redesigned as different forms of eye gaze communications.
Check out this video or read more at the link above.

Note: I did revise that line in the flyer a bit. Writing is revising! A body that is always losing its shape and regaining it.

$50 Offered for Disability Stories on International Exchange Experiences

$50 Offered for Disability Stories on International Exchange ExperiencesPeople with disabilities are invited to send in personal essays, blogs or featured people profiles about participation in international exchange programs. If you are a person with a disability and have either studied, worked or volunteered abroad, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) would like to hear from you. Deadline: September 1, 2010I am seeing these requests for disability stories more and more frequently. Often, they have dollars attached to them! And, one of th best things is that these are calls for stories about disability FOR folks with disabilites. The storytelling directly lends itself to putting tools, ideas, answers and cool options into the minds of other disabled people. Have you ever wanted to enter a contest like this, but felt stuck? Take a Write To Connect workshop. The first series starts in late October at the Independent Living Resource Center in lovely, bustling do…

Write To Connect in the Disability Community

Click here for easier to read font or printable version.Life Writing Workshops in the Disability CommunityWhat is life writing?Life writing usually refers to memoirs and autobiography. I use the term to mean any kind of writing that connects you back to your most vital self. It is writing that can take the form of novels, poems, emails, notes on Facebook, op eds for news outlets, posts on your blog, personal statements for job applications, and more! It is writing that is both practical and artistic.As a woman with a disability, my life writing practice has helped me connect with services that enable me to live independently in the community. It has helped me communicate openly and thoroughly with my doctors. Every day, my friendships and professional relationships are fortified through my life writing practice. Life writing brought me and my partner together. Most of all, life writing allows me to explore my disability through the lens of everyday experiences and to feel connected to…

Words from Martha Graham and Neil Marcus

These quotes explain what I am trying to offer/initiate through WTC workshops:
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and will be lost. The world will not have it.It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urge that motivates you.Keep the channel open. --Martha Graham, in a letter to Agnes DeMille in "Dance to the Piper"
Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or 'courage in the face of adversity'...disability is an art. It's an ingenious way to live.--Neil Marcus

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