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Memory Space: Inherited Trauma & the Failure of Language

How does writing open up space for processing trauma or grief? We will explore the articulation of experience and trauma (lived and inherited), looking at how personal history and identity relate to aesthetics and narrative. We’ll investigate personhood and interspecies communication through exercises in seeing, writing, breathing, and sensing. We’ll study how history and accuracy intersect in creative work, how the limits and failures of language allow us to reach beyond traditional narrative structures, and how memories of trauma are constructed, reconstructed, and might be disruptive to identity and narrative. The workshop will include writing prompts, guided meditations, shamanic practices, mapping, communing with plant and animal beings, and open discussion. Please bring a rock or stone with you.

Instructor: Janice Lee

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 08/17/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Janice Lee

Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University. She can be found online at janicel.com.

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