“We can train ourselves to respect our feelings, and to discipline (transpose) them into a language that matches those feelings so they can be shared. And where that language does not yet exist, it is our poetry which helps to fashion it. Poetry is not only dream or vision, it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”
― Audre Lorde, “Poetry is Not a Luxury”
As COVID sweeps across the planet and through our lives, we continue to confront our vulnerabilities, both public and private. Hard truths about our nation are in sharp focus. How do we carve out purpose, chart a meaningful course, through troubling times that don’t seem to end?
Taking care of ourselves and others is one answer, and it can take many forms. Sometimes this means learning to dismantle oppressive systems and interrogate received ideas, as Mary-Frances Winter explores in Black Fatigue.
We think you’ll agree that engaging with or making art is a transformational experience that can offer solace, release, self-knowledge, and solidarity. It is in this spirit that you’re invited to join Writers & Books for a year of inspirational and thought-provoking events. During these unpredictable times, please take care.
Heather Lanier Reading - July 8
Raising a Rare Girl
Award-winning writer Heather Lanier’s memoir about raising a child with a rare syndrome, defying the tyranny of normal, and embracing parenthood as a spiritual practice that breaks us open in the best of ways.