Join us for a Poetry Healing Ritual with Vanessa Huang

Join us for a Poetry Healing Ritual with Vanessa Huang:
Finding the poetries we need ‘tween starshine and clay

“come celebrate/ with me that everyday/ something has tried to kill me/ and has failed.” -Lucille Clifton

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This  is a community collaboration between API Chaya, buy more about NW Network, illness Green Bodies, and Dual Power Productions

Date: Saturday, March 1 @ 5:30 pm
Location: 2100 24th Ave.

This event is centered on the lived experiences of People of Color to honor our ancestry.

“I’m passionate about creating spaces of ritual and transformative encounter for sick and disabled queer and trans people of color, and our constellations of kindred allies who are accountable to our lives and practice.” –Vanessa Huang

In “Poetry is not a Luxury,” Audre Lorde reminds us that “there is a dark place within where hidden and growing our true spirit rises, ‘Beautiful and tough as chestnut/stanchions’ […] These places of possibility […] have survived and grown strong through darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling. The woman’s place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, and it is deep.”

Poet, artist, and cultural organizer Vanessa Huang and API Chaya invite survivors of color in the Seattle area to join us for a call-and-response evening convened by poet warriors Lucille Clifton and Audre Lorde. Together we will listen with each of our cosmologies of ancients for the poetries we need along this very moment our journeys of individual and collective healing, and dreaming and making worlds where each and all of us are free. This poetry ritual is open to survivors of color of all genders and sexualities with wide-ranging and all levels of relationship to the practice of poetry. Bring your courage heart, breath, and an offering for an ancestor of your choosing to place on our evening’s collective altar.

Accessibility information:

The building is wheelchair accessible. The Art Room is on the third floor, which is accessible through the elevator. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible, but are not gender neutral. You are welcome to use whichever bathroom feels best for you.

We will try to provide a space that is low-scent and ask that participants not wear scented products. The bathrooms are not guaranteed scent-free, but we will provide scent-free soap.

If you have further requests including child care, interpretation, etc. please contact [email protected]

About Joyful Dana

In the spirit of Dana — an ancient Pali word describing generosity arising from deep gratitude — I am freely offering this space to invite transformative connection along my brief journey through the Northwest this spring. The gift of your connection and financial support in whatever amount will energetically support my travel, livelihood, and practice as a working poet, artist, and cultural organizer nurturing an ecology of creative aliveness through encounters and ritual like these.

$5-60 suggested donation and no one turned away for lack of funds. If you have access to steady income and/or wealth and are able and moved to support at higher ranges of the scale, your gift will affirm and uplift the core interdependency undergirding our generosity-based economics.

Donations can be made online here: