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
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.
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 of emerging poets. Our early books were handset and printed two pages at a time on a basement letterpress. At the heart of the Press remain the pleasures of the written page, books that can be held and carried, and ongoing participation in a continually changing poetry community. As we approach forty-five years of publishing, we remain true to our commitment to bring out a wide range of voices, including the gifted work of trans and genderqueer authors of our times.