What Story Are You Changing?: A Special Event at the Residency

IMG_2436To launch Transformative Language in Action, a new anthology co-edited by GGI’s Ruth Farmer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, students, faculty, and the public gathered for a special event to explore what stories we’re changing and challenging with our work, activism, art, and community-building.

The event kicked off with a panel discussion featuring Farmer, Mirriam-Goldberg, and other contributors to the anthology: GGI alumni, faculty members Katt Lissard and Jim Sparrell, and student Seema Reza. Additionally, Jennye Patterson, a current student, who is editing the anthology Queering Sexual Violence also brought her perspective to the panel on life-changing stories and story-changing lives. The panelists presented perspectives on the stories we subvert, revise or leave behind by sharing moments they’ve experienced in areas diverse as a cancer writing and arts group, public schooIMG_2431ls, the queer community, social change theater in a small south Africa country, a housing authority, a community college, and military hospitals.

The lively discussion that followed explored not only what story people are changing, but who gets (and doesn’t get) to tell the story, the role of mythology in our lives, the dangers of suppressing our deepest stories, and how and when to tell our stories. Transformative Language-1c

Transformative Language Arts in Action, published by Rowan and Littlefield, includes essays on and interviews with Goddard students, faculty, alumni, and others in the world who resonate with Transformative Language Arts, plus “snapshots” — small vignettes on what it means to be a transformative language artists — on writers, storytellers, activists, community leaders, performers, musicians, educators and others using the power of words to catalyze positive change in communities.

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One Response to What Story Are You Changing?: A Special Event at the Residency

  1. Submission Call

    Battering. A topic critical to our community with no books about it. Let’s change that! Do you know a friend who was battered by a fuck buddy, squeeze, lover, wife, husband? Were you? Now is the time to get writing about it. The deadline of May 1 is swift approaching.

    I am so pleased to be compiling an anthology about LGBTTQI battering called ‘Never Say I Didn’t Bring You Flowers.’ We have a publisher. Work is welcome from around the world. Editor Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of 8 books including the just released Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes,’ is searching for works of creative non-fiction, essays, poetries, cross-genre work and fictions about battering in LGBTTQI relationships by May 1, 2015. Currently, I am particularly seeking positive pieces about coming out of abusive relationships. 3-5 poems. 1000-5000 words of prose. Simultaneous submissions ok; previously published submissions ok with credits listed; janeeatonhamilton.wordpress.com. Send piece to janeeatonhamilton at shaw dot ca.

    The fine print: please double space all but poetry. Please put your name on the manuscript itself and please paginate.

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