What's New at A Brave Space

Greetings writers, friends, and colleagues,
 
I hope this message finds you well! I’m writing to give you an update on the latest happenings with A Brave Space. As writers and change agents in the current political landscape, it is crucial that we continue to polish up our skills, affirm and voice our commitment to social justice, and nurture ourselves in a supportive community. With this as my starting point, I have launched these initiatives and I invite you to join me.

  • An online workshop: Written Resistance: Writing Your Personal Stories to Resist Injustice.” There is a desperate need for us writer's to share our stories, to express the truth of our lived experience as a way to oppose the numerous lies the current administration is telling us on a daily basis. Many writers have expressed to me that they feel the need to write their stories, but they don't know where to begin. As a way to help those writers, as well as writer's who are looking to polish their skills and write in community, I will facilitate this 4-week online workshop April 30-May 28. Click on the link above for details!

 

  • A discussion group: “A Brave Space Poets. This Facebook group is an inclusive online community in which members share, appreciate, discuss, question, and are inspired by poetry. This community offers a space for self-reflection, for finding solace in thoughtful, deliberate, and beautiful language, and exploring how poetry is vital when aggressive forces seek to divide us. No poetry experience required! And, no need to be a member of Facebook either.  

As always, feel free to drop me a line, ask me a question, or offer a suggestion! In the meantime, keep on writing, keep on telling your truth in face of "alternative facts," and, first and foremost, take care.

 Much love,
 
Liz Burke-Cravens, EdD


To read poetry, to return to a space for second thoughts, for complexity, for empathy, for words that are not defensive or aggressive or divisive or belittling, renews a faith in language and stillness, and a courage in the possibilities of protest, of “speaking truth to power”. Poetry is always a form of political intervention, since it creates a reader who is interested in other people, in relations between experience and truth.
— Nick Laird