This is the second installment of  LET’S TALK, a feminist conversation series on collaboration.  Come out to hear Arisa White and Europa Grace talk about what it means to work collaboratively. They will focus on their work to develop Beautiful Being, a choreopoem for QPOC to recall and embody their own beauty. Beautiful Being is presented by The Beautiful Things Project, a series of creative collaborations between poet Arisa White and QPOC artists and local businesses.

Come ready to witness and participate in dialogue: questions, thoughts and mead-drinking will occur.

Curated by Ellie Lobovits and Leora Fridman, Let’s Talk, is a three-part live conversation series that explores and amplifies collaboration through a feminist lens.


Speaker Bios:

Arisa White, a Cave Canem graduate fellew, received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. Her recent full-length collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened, was a nominee for the 29th Lambda Literary Award. The chapbook “Fish Walking” and Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife was a winner of Daniel Handler’s inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. She teaches in the low-residency BFA program at Goddard College, is a visiting professor in the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco this fall, and is a member of the board of directors for Nomadic Press. Arisa is the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, which is a series of poetic collaborations with QPOC artists, community organizations, and businesses that spotlight the narratives and experiences of queer people of color.


Europa Grace is deeply committed to creating radically intentional, intuitive and inclusive spaces of movement, ritual and reflection. As a 500 hour Ayurvedic Kripalu Yoga Instructor,  Europa works collaboratively to deconstruct the patterns of power through conscious communication and fierce compassion through the practice, path and teaching of yoga. Through Europa’s yoga practice, poetry came alive as a tool for integration and has evolved into a deep relationship with word and voice, manifesting through spoken word poetry which serves as a portal to enter a deeply internal and communal process. With the belief that what is personal is political, Europa bridges the gap between somatics and social action, dialing in and reaching out at the same time, through breath, philosophy, movement and intention. Europa is a social and ecological permaculturist, an energy healer and bodyworker, and a mentor for yoga teachers in training. Europa is based out of San Francisco and teaches around the country.  


About the Curators:

Leora Fridman is an writer, organizer and educator who works at the intersections of creative work and community care. Leora is the author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapbooks, and is currently at work on a book of nonfiction. Her poems, prose and translations appear or are forthcoming in Tricycle Magazine, Denver Quarterly, jubilat and jacket2. Leora holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and from Brown University, and has taught in universities, homes and community organizations across the country. She is a recipient of multiple grants and honors including a 2015 Vermont Studio Center fellowship, grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a Dorot Fellowship. She collaborates widely with artists and organizations, and co-edits Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer.

Ellie Lobovits is an activist filmmaker and anthropologist.  Her work is one part art, one part social activism, one part cultural theory, and a million parts hybrid. Ellie’s research, writing, and filmmaking focuses on borderlands, the body, and feminist theory. Ellie is also a photographer, farmer, and childbirth doula, and currently studies Visual Anthropology at San Francisco State University.