The photo of the hands above was taken at Rose Manor, a residential treatment facility for women in Tampa, Florida. This group was truly magical--on their way to many healing transformations. Read more about it here. To learn more about the body poetik's previous classes, scroll to the bottom of the sidebar and read through the archives.
A large part of the body poetik now unfolds through one-on-one consults and body work sessions I do with adults, towards transforming body-shame, the trauma of societal oppression on the physical body, and ij particular, on reclaiming sensual vitality. In 2014, I completed my certification as a somatic sex educator from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality in San Francisco and that has shaped my current practice. My consults with individuals--while focusing on people with chronic pain, illness or disability-- also extends to anyone experiencing body acceptance issues, blocks to their sensual self-esteem, sexual health, or in creating intimacy in their lives. I believe that the frontier of avant-garde art, holistic health, and social change lie at the intersection of disability, radical body difference, and sexuality.
Performance art, poetry readings, interactive presentations
Woodhull Foundation, Sexual Freedom Summit, Washington DC. A performance about people with disabilities reshaping the ex industry. August, 2016.
University of Arizona, Tucson's "Open embodiments; conference. April 2015.
University of California Santa Cruz’s “Emergent Communities” conference
San Francisco State University’s 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
Fundraiser/performance for San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture
Waveform, 2011: book of poetry/performance text, written with collaborator Denise Leto.
Arts employment, contract teaching gigsAdjunct at New College of Florida: developed and lead 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: co-created a series of poetry workshops for teenagers in juvenile detention centers, a school for teen mothers, and a preschool program in the inner city.
Education and Certifications
Our Whole Lives, Unitarian Universalist Association, K-6 Sex Educator, 2016
Institute for Advanced Study in Human Sexuality. Certified Sexological Bodyworker, 2014
California College of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Writing. 2004
New College of Florida, Bachelors of Arts in Literature. 2001