Your Body Is a Planet: A Poetry Workshop About Identity & The Earth You Want To See


Thursday, August 23, 2018
6:00–8:00 PM

This workshop empowers marginalized communities to imagine their bodies in the world they want to see. We will learn about how art, murals and poetry have been the lifeblood for changing the world and shifting mental health: from migrant justice movements to prison abolition to supporting survivors of sexual assault, and to queer and trans resilience and liberation. Participants will write poetry that can empower new forms of care and healing in themselves and their own communities.

Artist and Poet, Jess X. Snow will present on her animation and mural work and share her own
spoken word poetry before leading into an intimate and meditative workshop where participants are invited to re-imagine their younger selves as a planet and write a poem from the perspective of that planet. We will learn how a poem, once written, can be shared in a room, on a public wall, online, or on a stage, and have the power to shift perspectives, unite communities and then open a portal into a future that we dream of living in.

Meet the Artist
Jess X. Snow is a queer Asian-Canadian public artist, filmmaker, and pushcart-nominated poet.
The Tribeca Film Institute, Adobe, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center have supported her
film work. Her public art and political graphics have appeared on PBS Newshour, The LA Times,
the UN Human Rights Conference, NBC Asian America and outdoor walls across the country. She has illustrated children's books and cover art for Macmillan USA, Yale University Press, YesYesBooks, Black Girl Dangerous Press among others, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress and the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. Her first chapbook of poetry is forthcoming.

Meet the Curator
Katie Fuller was an educator for eleven years before curating her first show, Race and Revolution: Exploring Human Injustices through Art, in the summer/fall of 2016. She uses curated art shows as a means of confronting and educating the public on historical trauma and systemic racism. Last summer she co-curated Race and Revolution: Still Separate – Still Unequal with Larry Ossei Mensah, an exhibition about contemporary school segregation. The show just closed at its third location and will continue to travel from Autumn 2018 - 2019. Still Separate – Still Unequal was chosen as a “Best of Brooklyn 2017” by Hyperallergic magazine. As a street art initiative, Unbroken by Bars was voted top ten Philadelphia street art projects by Streets Dept in 2017 and it just closed at the Gutman Library Gallery at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition, her shows and public programs have been reviewed by Vice, ArtForum, Artsy, Daily Kos, Art Fuse, and LA Weekly.