Philadelphia poet Samantha Barrow to make appearance at Arts CenterWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
Erotic writing workshop facilitator, poet and educator Samantha Barrow will bring her words of wisdom to the Collingwood Arts Center on Aug. 26.
Barrow first gained recognition when she embarked on a three-month, cross-country spoken word tour on her motorcycle. She was awarded a grant to fund that trip from the Leeway Foundation.
Barrow has spent the summer touring the country on her bike to celebrate the “Grit and Tender Membrane,” the full-length manuscript of poetry and tales from her first tour, published by Plan B Press. She was awarded another Leeway grant to fund this tour and to facilitate erotic poetry workshops with survivors of sexual abuse. Those sessions will result in a chapbook of poems by survivors that will be used by grass roots anti-violence and survivor support services for fundraising and educational purposes.
“My workshops use poetry to explore the ways we can shed some of the shame that blocks our potential for joy. We celebrate the erotic in all its complexities and individuals are welcome to speak directly about painful experiences and/or revel in writing about pleasure,” she said. “All of our lives are affected by the sexual violence of the media, as well as by issues of gendered dominance that pervade interpersonal and professional relationships. In my workshops, the definition of ‘survivor’ is expanded to encompass that broad range of second hand abuse for participants who would like to counteract its influence.”
Barrow’s workshop, “Healing the Body Erotic: an Erotic Writing Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Abuse,” will run from 1 to 4 p.m. An open reading by local poets will take place from 6 to 7 p.m., with a reading by Barrow at 7:30 p.m.
Also featured at 9 p.m. will be LotSix, a Philadelphia-based musician, songwriter and performance artist who refers to her art as “multimedia self-karaoke rock,” live singing to original prerecorded music with projected images and lyrics. LotSix treats audiences with smart, funny, queer-tinged, rock-opera’esque songs accompanied by visuals further conveying the many dimensions of her angsty wry humor.