Alexis guest lecturer

 

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Workshops

Most workshops are available either as a one time session, a day-long intensive or a series within the NC Triangle or Triad areas. Get in touch about what works best for your community. Below is an overview of workshops that I have facilitated many times before. I can also design workshops specifically for your needs. Scroll down for detailed descriptions.



To get more info or ask about customized workshops email: brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com


Workshop Rates:

(each workshop will result in a publication/poem/major accomplishment for participants to keep and for the sponsor to be proud of!):

Colleges and Universities- $1500-2500 ($4500 for a series)

Community Center/Non-profit- $500-700 (discounts for smaller or rural orgs, talk to me) ($850-1000 for a series)

Living Rooms/Kitchen Tables- $100 or gather your people, pass the hat and have some yummy food on hand and I'm there!!! (maybe I was a travelling black feminist preacher in a past life…)

All suggested prices are really suggested. Get in touch. (brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com)

We can work something out.

Workshops: arranged by type

(Most workshops are available either as a one time session, a day-long intensive or a series within the NC Triangle or Triad areas. Get in touch about what works best for your community. Below are workshops that I have facilitated many times before. I can also design workshops specifically for your needs)

Movement/Publishing

Pressed for Knowledge:
Alexis has facilitated this miraculous zine making workshop all over the United States in communities, on college campuses and at conferences. In this workshop participants (whether they are part of an existing group or are meeting for the first time on the day of the workshop) use the resources of urgency, homegrown brilliance and whatever's around to create their own publication in less than 2 hours.

Alexis leads participants in a process of choosing an audience, a theme that connects their passions and a work structure and a group evaluation process for their own urgent publication! (NEW!!! Pressed for Knowledge is now available in a video version…where participants create and edit their own video in an amazingly short period of time!)

Grassroots Literary Production:
Due to her experience leading the Pressed for Knowledge workshop and facilitating students at Duke University, UNC-Greensboro and the SpiritHouse Choosing Sides program in the creation of their own online and print collaborative publications, Alexis can train teachers, faculty and community cultural workers to make publication a part of their programming.

The Activist Impulse:
Similar to the Pressed for Knowledge Workshop, this workshops leads participants through a process of deciding on, designing and enacting and evaluating a site-specific direct action.

Alexis has led this workshop with a class of Duke University Students, at the Ethnic Studies and the Activist Impulse Symposium at Columbia University, the Beyond the Box Conference at Barnard College, the Anarchist People of Color SouthEast Regional Conference and more!

Legacy

(These workshops are grounded in Alexis's years of black feminist research and spiritual practice and are ideal for a community organization, school, department or group of people interested in how the theory, practice, poetry and lessons of black feminist practice apply to their present conditions)

Letters to Audre:
developed in a special writing enrichment course that Alexis designed for Africana Women's Studies majors at Bennett College for Women, this workshop or series of workshops introduces participants to key works by black feminist lesbian poet, scholar, activist Audre Lorde. Participants create their own versions of/responses to poems and essays by Audre Lorde including Litany for Survival and The Uses of Anger. Participatns also write their own poetic letters to this literary feminist ancestor. See www.letterstoaudre.wordpress.com for examples. Alexis is also available to lead seminars for faculty, teachers, and community educators on Teaching Audre Lorde.

Letters to June
Along a similar model as the Letters to Audre Workshop, this curriculum was developed for a feminist theory course at UNC-Greensboro.   Participants will write their own “Poem About My Rights” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and also engage some of Jordan’s lesser known and unpublished pieces.  Alexis is also available to use her privileged access as the first researcher to view June Jordan’s archival papers to lead seminars on Teaching June Jordan.

Litany for Survival: The Poetics of Community Building
This writing and movement workshop, designed in collaboration with Ebony Golden starts from the grounding point of Audre Lorde’s Litany for Survival and leads participants through a process of analyzing the poem for themselves, using theater of the oppressed methodologies to demonstrate what survival means for them and creating their own praise poems towards the survival of their own communities.  This workshop was debuted at the Brecht Forum in New York City with an amazing response.

In Your Hands: The Depth of Legacy:
based on a spiritual experience that Alexis had of recieving and writing down letters from chosen, (and uninvited!) black feminist ancestors including Fannie Lou Hamer, Nayo Watkins, Toni Cade Bambara, Octavia Butler and her own grandmother (see the letters and the video documentation of the process here) this workshop is designed to facilitate participants in listening for and to the legacies of their own chosen traditions.  Alexis will facilitate a disucssion of some of the insights in the letters she recieved and each participant will leave with a plan and a way to make space for their own insights.

Sustainability

(these workshops are designed to keep community members, community organizers, students and teachers ALIVE AND WELL with full access to their love for themselves, each other and their inspired purpose!)

Habit Forming Love:
This workshop shares the gifts of a 21 day process in which Alexis sought to learn how to love herself, her partner and her community better and to train herself in online video production and distribution. Available as a one time workshop or a skills building series, this workshop will allow participants to use new media technology to deepen and activate their love for themselves, their chosen family and their communities. Browse Alexis's video project here.

Pressed for Knowledge

Grassroots Literary Production

The Activist Impulse

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Mother Ourselves:
Created in collaboration with Zachari Curtis for the Gumbo Yaya Sister Circle, and inspired by Audre Lorde's essay "Eye to Eye," this workshop provides participants with a safe space to examine their thoughts about the meaning of "mothering," and allows participants to explore what it might mean to nurture, teach and transform themselves. In this workshop we work in partners, listen to our bodies, use mirrors and talk about the affirming and difficult process of reflections linked to our varied experiencs with mothering.

Sustainability for Organizers and Activities:
The workshop, designed for (and with) the organizers and visionaries in Critical Resistance, is about ENDING ACTIVIST BURN OUT!!!! Remembering that we, our bodies and our spirits are the most important resources for change, this workshop facilitates organizers in identifying the resources that keep them inspired and practices that can keep/get us well. Every participant leaves with their own visible reminder of their own wellness insights!

Vision
(These workshops are ideal for a community organization / project / coalition at a stage of inception or renewal.)

Dig: Grounding Community Transformation in Local Resources

Wishful Thinking: Vision and Actualization

more info

Vision

(These workshops are ideal for a community organization/project/coalition at a stage of inception or renewal.)

Dig: Grounding Community Transformation in Local Resources
DigBased on Alexis's poem dig, this workshop is designed to get community members in touch with the secrets, issues, and resources in their own communities and to build a shared analysis of those resources as a guide for their community projects and alliances. Each community will leave with at the very least, a group poem, new clarity about their resources and projects that connect and align their existing resources. The "dig" exercise has been enacted in Greensboro, Miami, Asheville and Gainesville as part of the Grassroots Media Justice Tour.







Wishful Thinking: Vision and Actualization
Wishful Thinking BookletsBased on Alexis's poem in honor of black women and survivors of sexual violence in her community and recorded as a track on the SPEAK! CD this workshop leads participants through a meditation about their desires for their local communities and communities of affinity. Participants will leave with a community wishlist and individual affirmations. To see some of the results of the version of Wishful Thinking facilitated with the Speak Media Collective at the Women and Action in the Media Conference see www.wakeupnew.blogspot.com.

PAST RETREATS, RESIDENCIES & WORKSHOPS

specifically for women of color and genderqueer people of color:

Mother Ourselves Bootcamp

designed for women and genderqueer people of color to learn how to motherourselves rigourously based on Audre Lorde's definition of MotheringOurselves. Complete with guided meditation, exploration stations, writing exercises and conversation about how to release harmful ideas of mothering within oppression and to activate empowering ideas of mothering for liberation. (Friday evening, all day Saturday, Sunday morning) here is some info from the pilot bootcamp here in Durham:
http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/motherourselves-bootcamp-january-7-9-2011/


Rainbow Reclamations Redux Residency

3-4 days (based on the Rainbow Reclamations ritual series based on Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls) By popular demand and with infinite love Alexis designed a seven month process called Rainbowed Reclamation, a colorful women and genderqueer people of color juicy poetry and food-filled space of sacred discussions that reclaim our bodies, collectivize our spiritual energy and the brilliant choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. See an example here: http://brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/rainbow-reclamations-red-keep-your-sorrybreak-up-poetics/

for families:

Thicker Than Whatever: Unstoppable Mother-Daughter Relationships

(all day workshop for mothers and daughters that I co-facilitate with my mom, therapist and doula Pauline McKenzie Day!) See more info on the inaugural workshop here: http://brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/thicker-than-whatever-unstoppable-motherdaughter-bonds/

and the outcomes here:

http://www.thefeministwire.com/2011/01/17/mothering-ourselves-manifests/

June Jordan Survival School:

An interactive weekend for families based on the children's books and essays of June Jordan.

Lucille Clifton ShapeShifter Survival School:

a Friday night poetry intensive for parents and a weekend of family activities designed to end cycles of child sexual and physical abuse.

Inclusive of all people of all genders and backgrounds:

Juneteenth Freedom Academy Residency

(based on the work of June Jordan)

3-5 day versions of one of the Juneteenth units (love poems, palestine, anger, rituals for transformative presence for educators)

** find out more about the Juneteenth Freedom Academy here: http://blackfeministmind.wordpress.com/juneteenth-freedom-academy/


School of Our Lorde Residency (3-7 days)

(based on the work of Audre Lorde)

3-5 day versions of one of the School of Our Lorde Units (poetics, publishing, pedagogy or politics) or a 7-10 day intensive with all 4 units included
** find out more about the School of Our Lorde here: http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/

Lectures:

Alexis is available to speak on a variety of topics and has tons of experiences speaking to audiences at elementary schools, college campuses, community centers, rallies, conferences and workshops. Click on the links for examples of public talks she has given in the past. She might particularly be a great person to complement your community or campus programming during:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Love , Celebration of Black Womanhood Week, Black Heritage Month, Women's History Month, National Coming Out Day, Mother's Day or throw tokenism to the wind and bring Alexis to speak and make any old day of the year a day filled with hope and magic!

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SUPPORT

(each workshop will result in a publication/poem/major accomplishment for participants to keep and for the sponsor to be proud of!):

Colleges and Universities- $1500-2500 ($4500 for a series)

Community Center/Non-profit- $500-700 (discounts for smaller or rural orgs, talk to me) ($850-1000 for a series)

Living Rooms/Kitchen Tables- $100 or gather your people, pass the hat and have some yummy food on hand and I'm there!!! (maybe I was a travelling black feminist preacher in a past life…)

All suggested prices are really suggested. Get in touch. (brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com) We can work something out.