Join Reading Queer for the launch of the 2019 – 2020 RQ Writing Academy Workshop Series with “Burning The Veil” led by poet, artist and activist Cathleen Chambless. “Burning The Veil” celebrates the lives of local LGBTQ artists and activists through a series of ritualistic writing prompts designed to connect the community with the queer spirits that have made our community stronger than ever before.
DATE: OCTOBER 19TH, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: THE LIGHT BOX @ GOLDMAN WAREHOUSE @ 404 NW 26TH ST, MIAMI, FL 33127. Map here.
COST: FREE. Donations appreciated. Donate here.
Description: As we near the end of October, this is when the veil between our world and the spiritual world becomes the thinnest. In this workshop we will burn the veil, literally and figuratively, and celebrate local queers who have lost their lives fighting for our rights. There is much attention to LGBTQ activists of the past on a national level, but what about our locals who fought and have not received the attention they deserve. Additionally, this workshop will include rituals to inspire not only writing, but to give love and strength to the queer spirits around us and within us.
Bio: Cathleen Chambless is from Miami, Florida. She graduated with her MFA in poetry from FIU. She is also a visual artist and activist. Her work has appeared in The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Jai-Alai, Fjords Review, Grief Diaries, Storm Cycle 2014 & 2015, Southern Women’s Review, and Wussy Mag. Her debut collection of poetry, Nec(Romantic), was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards in 2016.