This is long but worth reposting with all the weekend (L)INK-formation. Be patient, read your way through it, save to refer to for the weekend. Our settings are also optimized for displaying on mobile devices. The rest of the post about when regular programming resumes will be in a separate post. And now here's Lisa, who writes
Last year Local Poets Guild programmed 110 events with more than 70 different poets and posted over 150 blog entries which had 30,000 hits. This year, again, already, is looking stellar.
This week in particular we offer a line of projects very close to my heart: a special edition of OUTspoken May 10th as well as (L)INK: The Write Disability May 11th and 12th. Writers are coming in from Toronto, San Francisco, Washington DC, as well as Santa Fe to help explore issues related to disability culture and experience. From visible disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, amputation, congenital birth defects, to invisible disabilities like MS (which I have), PTSD, dystonia and environmental sensitivities, as well as sight and hearing impairment, we're going to celebrate the way writing can build connections between people and how language is a great tool for developing a greater awareness and understanding of diversity of experiences.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR ANY OR ALL OF THESE SPECIAL EVENTS... (and come read Saturday afternoon!)
7:00 PM Thursday night May 10th at the Cell Theater (700-First Street Just south of Lomas) $5 suggested donation. All welcome.
A special bonus crossover edition of OUTspoken curated by Erin Northern and Patricia Gillikin will offer the fabulous Queer Poetry slam and open mic plus three extraodinary features David Andrew Talamantes reading fiction, plus works by two poets who are also participating in (L)INK and grapple with disabilities: Kenny Fries and Aaron Ambrose.
7:30 PM Friday Night May 11th (L)INK The Write Disability kicks off at the Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) $15/10
Beauty is a Verb: Poetry and Prose by Disabled Writers. I'm proud to host this event with Kenny Fries of Toronto who has been lauded by the United Nations, San Francisco poet Denise Leto who is a multimedia artist and senior editor at Berkley, premiere slam poet and organizer of first national queer slam Natalie Illum of DC, plus special guest memoirist Emily Rapp who was the literal "poster child" for March of Dimes when she was six, as well as cameos by deaf philosopher Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Santa Fe poets Mary McGinnis and Aaron Ambrose. (I'll share some of my work too.)
Saturday Morning May 12th at Tricklock's New Performance Laboratory Downtown (110 Gold SW, enter through the Box's Lobby) Free
A. 9:00-10:15 Writing to heal and writing for joy with Lisa Gill, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, and Mary McGinnis
B. 10:30-12:00 Performance Strategies, From Slam and Multimedia, the Bar and the United Nations with Denise Leto, Kenny Fries, and Natalie Illum
Saturday Afternoon May 12th at the Main Library Downtown (5th and Copper) Free (street parking or 2 hrs free at garage for library)
A. 2:00-3:30 pm Keynote Speakers Kenny Fries, Teresa Blankmeyer Burke in American Sign Language (with voice interpreter) and Mary McGinnis
B. 4:00-5:45 pm Round Table Discussion with all Link Participants followed by a Community Open Mic hosted by Rich Boucher