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Finding the Write to Grieve: A Found Poetry Workshop

  • Taborspace (Artspace room) 5441 Southeast Belmont Street Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)

Facilitated by Storm Blue
in collaboration with Grief Rites Foundation

In this generative workshop we will explore the ways that we can use the words around us to give energy and expression to our grief. Poetry is a powerful way to ground and express the overwhelming flood of grief emotions. Finding our way through other peoples words can be especially powerful when we are struggling with our right to grieve.

By using a collage style to bring words, sentences, and fragments that we borrow from others we will create a picture of our grief that will show those around us just how powerful our right to grieve really is. We will briefly explore what found poetry is, then we will begin to create our own expressive found poetry. Supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring your own journal and pen if you wish.

  • Limited to 12 participants - Please note, your spot is only guaranteed when you register.
  • If our sliding scale is cost prohibitive please email us to inquire about scholarship (don't be shy!).
  • If you'd like to make a donation to our scholarship fund you may do so when you register (we can't thank you enough, we so appreciate you!).

Saturday, April 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Taborspace - Artspace room
5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215
*venue is inclusive and accessible

Storm Blue is a trauma writer, a prose poet, a seeker of water, and a shapeshifter. Storm’s work explores the art of trauma and the trauma of art through the lenses of fragmentation and nature. Since they were a toddler in overalls they have enjoyed taking things apart and rearranging them into more expressive forms too large to be contained by their original shape. When not writing words into odd configurations, they can be found behind their camera, beneath the waves, or in front of a text book. Storm is a graduate of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Currently they are in grad school studying trauma therapy, editing for multiple small press publications, writing their second memoir, and creating an anthology of queer sexual assault stories.

Earlier Event: April 2
Grief Rites Storytelling Series
Later Event: May 7
Grief Rites Storytelling Series