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Please, Remain Soft! Zine and Writing Workshop
Tue, April 25, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Philadelphia Printworks is holding a safe space for young creatives to share their ideas on self-care, mental health and radical softness.
The event will begin with speakers who will share their experiences with radical softness. Followed by a group discussion on proactive community building strategies. The event will end with a zine workshop where attendees can reflect on the questions posed by the speakers. A digital version of the zine "Please, Remain Soft!" will be made available via the Philadelphia Printworks website.
Lora Mathis is a poet, artist, and tender Cancer from San Diego. They coined the term "radical softness as a weapon" and much of their work focuses on intimacy, femininity, mental illness, and unlearning shame. They are the author of chapbooks "bigger bolder less pathetic" and "and the noise does not stop." Their second full-length collection, "instinct to ruin," is set to be released in March 2017.
Lara Witt is a Desi-Kenyan writer and feminist activist who focuses on highlighting the voices of women of color by exploring the intersections of racism and sexism. Witt critiques pop culture and current events through a feminist lens and raises awareness about living with PTSD as a sexual assault survivor. Her pieces have been published in Teen Vogue, Newsworks WHYY, The Establishment, Wear Your Voice, BUST, Rewire and more.
Eryn Amel is most known as a Mother, self-love + body positivity enthusiast. Eryn uses her Instagram platform to display a transparent view on a black woman surviving motherhood. Her vibrant imagery and captions reveal a tender and empowering approach to self-care as a daily act of resistance.
Icon Ebony Fierce is a performance artist, queer activist, drag performer, professional weirdo straight outta Philly. “I’m like everything sprinkled all on top of one chocolate cake, one big old chocolate cake.”