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Free Write with Joy Ladin

  • Friday, December 15, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


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Friday Free Write with Joy Ladin: Making Ourselves Up as We Go Along: The Art of Saying "I" (FREE OR SUGGESTED DONATION $25)

In this workshopwe will explore the writerly nuts and bolts of creating first-person speakers, discussing and practicing techniques we find in brief but complex literary examples of some of the many ways to use our most intimately embraced and widely shared pronoun, “I.”

Joy Ladin has long worked at the tangled intersection of literature and identity. She has published ten books of poetry, including her latest collection, Shekhinah Speaks; National Jewish Book Award winner The Book of Anna; and Lambda Literary Award finalists Transmigration and Impersonation, which was reissued this in a revised edition. She is also the author of a memoir of gender transition, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life; and another work of creative non-fiction, Lambda Literary and Triangle Award finalist, The Soul of the Strange. Two new books – Family, a poetry collection, and Once Out of Nature, a collection of essays on the transformation of gender – are forthcoming from Persea in 2024. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship,among other honors. A nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues, she has been featured on a number of NPR programs, including an “On Being” with Krista Tippett interview that has been rebroadcast several times. Episodes of her online conversation series, “Containing Multitudes,” are available at; her writing is available at

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