Nov 3rd 2022

All are welcome to a poetry discussion, contemplative practice, and creative writing workshop, “Writing the Body,” with Antoinette Cooper.

The body—whether individual or collective—are monuments, memory, and, at times, mystery. In this session, we will center the body as a rich creative source for embodied writing. We will focus on poems not normally in conversation with one another in order to identify themes across time, space, and voice. We will discuss how other poets use body-centric writing to navigate topics about social justice, history, mortality, and ascension. It all starts with the body. We will practice not turning away from what the body has to tell, the beauty and the brutality.

Antoinette Cooper (she/we)is a writer and TEDx speaker committed to the liberation of Black bodies through the arts, ancestral healing, social justice, and medical humanities. Born in Jamaica, and raised in the NYC Housing Projects, she holds a BA from Cornell, an MFA from Columbia, and sits on the board of Narrative Medicine at CUNY School of Medicine. Recently awarded a literary grant from Café Royal Foundation, a residency with BLKSPACE, and with work in The Amistad,Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, and more, she’s also led workshops at Columbia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to Rikers Island Jail. She’s currently at work publishing a multi-genre collection documenting the historical and present day violences on the Black female body.

Registration is required; space is limited. To register, fill out this form. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s wishes while allowing as many people to participate in these workshops as is possible. This program is for adult participants, aged 18 and older.

Closed captioning is available via Google Meet. We are happy to provide ASL interpretation. Please let us know at least one week in advance, if possible, if you would benefit from an ASL interpreter in attendance. If you would benefit from any other accessibility measures, please contact us by emailing To learn more about Google Meet’s built-in accessibility features visit


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