About/CV

Curriculum Vitae
Amber DiPietra  
415-867-1124   amberdipietra@gmail.com    
Based in St. Petersburg FL and San Francisco CA.

Performance art, interactive presentations, poetry readings

Tampa International Fringe Festival, 2018: Wrote, choreographed, and performed 6 runs of this one-woman show. The Fringe ran for 4 days and featured acts from around the world.


Keep St. Pete Lit Literary Salon,2018: Gave an interactive talk on how disability arts and disability culture informs my work. Performed short preview of my stage show and facilitated an adaptive dance exercise for all bodies.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pop-Up Poets Series: Performance art  in response to a sculpture installation. This piece was also a commentary on nursing home conditions and the inert body. It invited gallery visitors to interact with my body and words, to actually become part of my ephemeral installation.


Axis Dance: Danced as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens arts festival in San Francisco, CA. This piece was site-based and consisted of more than 50 dancers working with chance, flash mob, and adaptive postmodern dance techniques for differently-abled bodies.


Public dialogues/talks on my art and social practice: Poetics of Healing Colloquium--a series of talks by doctors, scholars, and artists; Humboldt State University’s Critical, Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies conference; University of California Santa Cruz’s “Emergent Communities” conference; San Francisco State University Poetry Center as guest speaker for public practices class; San Francisco Library for the Blind and Print Disabled as part of Litquake, an annual citywide literary festival; Naropa University “Writing, Thinking, Being” conference in Boulder, CO; University of  Arizona, Tucson Somatechnics conference; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor guest lecturer for disability culture studies class; Desiree Alliance presentation on magical realism and sex worker literature in New Orleans; Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit in Washington DC, presentation on sex workers with disabilities; The Morean Arts Center (with Keep St. Pete Lit) St. Petersburg, FL., “Writing and Intimacy” workshop.

Poetry readings: at venues in San Francisco, CA; The Lab, Pegasus Books, The Green Arcade, Canessa Gallery, Books and Bookshelves. Poetry readings in Tampa, FL: Tampa History Museum for AWP 2018.

Teaching

The body poetik: I currently run a one-on-one coaching business for people who feel cut off from their sensual expression due to disability, illness, or isolation. As an extension, I offer group workshops based on the arts as a way to explore intimacy/body positivity.

Arts4All Florida (formerly VSA}: Contracted to teach creative writing at a juvenile detention school for girls with emotional and learning disabilities.

Write To Connect: I ran a  series of workshops and curated experiences for creative expression, especially for the disability community. These classes took place in San Francisco at senior centers, independent living centers, rehabilitation centers for the blind/visually impaired, an adaptive sports center for people with various disabilities, and in Tampa, FL at a rehab facility for young women with emotional disabilities and substance abuse disorders.



Adjunct at New College of Florida: Developed and taught a course on contemporary, avant-garde poets of the San Francisco Bay Area. This was an online class which involved close reading and creative writing for undergraduates. I was awarded this fellowship from the New College Alumni Association.

San Francisco School of the Arts: Taught a creative writing summer session for junior high students preparing to apply for the arts charter high school.

Runaway with Words, San Francisco: Co-taught a series of poetry workshops for at-risk youth at juvenile detention centers, a school for teen moms, and a preschool in the inner city.

Publications

Waveform, Kenning Editions 2011

Somatic Engagement, Chainlinks 2011



Various literary journals: Eleven Eleven, RealPoetik, Wordgathering, Monday Night, Tarpaulin Sky. Dusie (poetry collaboration with Valerie Witte), Prose and Lore, Full of Crow

Social Media and PR for the Arts

Kelsey Street Press: Avant-garde feminist poetry press established in the 1970s in Berkeley, CA. I did developmental editing for the publication of new books; blogging and Facebook about new, experimental women's poetry; collaboration on sound project that collected the voices of women poets.

Proyecto Vision: Discovered, interviewed, and wrote stories about Latino youth with disabilities for bilingual website for youth with disabilities.

Education



Institute for Advanced Study in Human Sexuality. San Francisco, CA. Certified Sexological Bodyworker,
2014

Grades K-6, 2016. Certified for adults 18-35, 2018. Unitarian Universalist Church, St. Petersburg and Tampa, FL