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TONIGHT (5/19/24) OPEN MIC LINK

Cancellation/Credit/Refund Policy: If you are unable to attend in person or online events for any reason, please contact us as soon as you know. You will be given full credit, minus a 15 percent administrative fee, that can be applied toward any IWWG event for one year. If IWWG cancels or postpones a workshop for any reason, you will receive a refund or credit towards a future workshop. 


Once you are registered you will receive a confirmation with  Zoom links or venue details. You will also receive a reminder 24 hours before the event. If you do not receive a confirmation or reminder, check your spam mail. If you cannot find your Zoom link, please write to writers@iwwg.org with at least 24 hours notice. We cannot send links the day of the event.  Links for free events will be posted on this page the day of the event. 

    • Saturday, June 01, 2024
    • Saturday, June 15, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    Research and Resonance (starting at $89)

    Research ca n deepen our writing across genres, delivering facts, words, metaphors, inspiration, and details to build characters, stories, arguments, and images. It can also help us to understand ourselves as part of a connected world. In this workshop, we will explore the generative power of looking something up, how to keep track of what we’ve learned, and how to use facts to enliven our writing.

    Catharina Coenen teaches biology and writing at Allegheny College. She co-hosts IWWG’s virtual open mic series throughout the year. Her essays and poems have appeared in literary magazines, nominated for the Pushcart Prize, noted in Best American Essays, and featured in Best of the Net. More on her creative work can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/allegheny.edu/botany-for-storytellers/about-this-site/author.

    • Friday, June 14, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Pride & Prejudice: Writing from Outside the Margins ($25)


    There’s something unique about the LGBTQ imagination. We know about being hated, being made fun of,  being endangered in some countries. We know about losing friends, losing our churches, losing our families. Those of us who are writers know the haunting questions: Should I mention this? Will anyone want to publish this? Will coming out carry consequences I won’t be able to bear?

    When I first started writing books in the late 80s, the publishers encouraged me to stay in the closet. “We’ll lose the Catholics” they’d say, or “we’ll lose the Methodists,” depending on who the publishers were. They had no idea what it felt like to be told “tell the truth about everything but that.” It was like telling a painter they can use every color but yellow in their painting.

    Times have changed but many of us are still living with questions—who is my audience for this? How is my writing a cultural contribution? What power has my differentness given or taken away from me?

    This 90 minute seminar is a chance to share our victories and struggles as marginalized writers, to receive resources on queer-friendly publishers, and to respond to writing prompts that open doors to our inner spaces.


    Jan Phillips is a queer feminist writer who connects the dots between spiritual intelligence, evolutionary creativity, and social transformation. She is the author of eleven award-winning books, has taught in over 25 countries, and has published work in the New York Times, Ms., Newsday, People, Parade Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, New Age Journal, National Catholic Reporter, and Sun Magazine. Her memoir, Still On Fire—Field Notes from a Queer Mystic, was released by Unity Books in October 2021. Her books have been endorsed by Gloria Steinem, Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Joanna Macy.

    Jan has produced three CDs of original music, several videos, and a seven-hour audio program called Creating Every Day. Her chapbook Born Gay is available for free on her website, www.janphillips.com


    • Saturday, June 15, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Women’s words…let's talk things through! (starting at $39)



    In this 90-minute workshop, we will look at research and poems regarding women’s words and men’s ways. Findings show that women talk more polity than men, using tag questions and empty adjectives. But: which findings are (still) facts, and which ones seem fairy tales? Say, is an interruption just a misunderstanding or a conversation controller?

    We will touch upon theories by Lakoff, Stokoe and Cameron (a.o.), and upon poetry by Eliot, Katrin and Rich (a.o.)…with time to write ourselves: about women’s worlds, in women’s words!


    Kate Copeland is a linguist and poet, working@ the worldwide web, while
    housesitting@ the world. She is curator-editor for Ekphrastic Review and
    hosts workshops for IWWG and TER. Find Kate’s poetry@ Instagram [kate.copeland.poems] & published @ TER, Wildfire Words, AltPoetry, First.Lit-East a.o.

    • Saturday, June 22, 2024
    • Saturday, July 06, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • via Zoom
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    How Food Invokes Poetry (starting at $99)

    How Food Invokes Poetry is a three-week workshop that is an invocation to all five senses and brings alive both food and poetry. You will engage with multi-dimensional paradigms by bringing your own experiences, close reading of evocative poetic texts related to food as well as creating your own food poems. oetry is witness, and what better location to witness than at the kitchen table? Ingredients, recipes, and rituals of honoring are a celebration and a meditation. Mealtimes hold us, as well as history. Every morsel is an activation process; stories have been buried within our pots and pans. Flavors serve as a platter of beginnings and endings of relationships, cultures, identities, memory, medicine, and bodies.

    **All readings will be done online, and materials shall be provided by the teacher during class as slides and handouts.


    Kashiana lives in North Carolina and is a TEDx speaker with two full length poetry collections and a chapbook. Her newest full-length collection, Witching Hour is due in 2024 with Glass Lyre press . Kashiana serves as Managing Editor for Poets Reading the News.

    • Sunday, June 23, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • via Zoom
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    Two Lands, Two Languages, Two Minds (starting at $39)


    As a Korean-American poet, I often describe my writing process as two minds trying to communicate on the same page, across the gaps between identities; I naturally write in both languages because I think in both languages. So I will use my poem, “The Gap,” to demonstrate the effect of different languages represented as different minds. Then, participants will use the “gap method” to create their own short poem.





    Tanya (Hyonhye) Ko Hong is an internationally published poet, translator, and cultural curator championing bilingual poetry and poets. Born and raised in South Korea, she immigrated to the USA at the age of eighteen. She holds an MFA degree from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Tanya is the author of five books, including The War Still Within (KYSO Flash Press, 2019). Her work appears in Rattle, Beloit Poetry Journal, Allium, Entropy, Cultural Weekly, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly (The Feminist Press), great weather for MEDIA, the Choson Ilbo, and The Korea Times, among others. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


    • Sunday, June 23, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • ONLINE
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    Featured Reader & Open Mic: Trish Hopkinson

    Trish Hopkinson is a poet and advocate for the literary arts. You can find her online at SelfishPoet.com and in western Colorado where she runs the regional poetry group Rock Canyon Poets and is a board member of the International Women's Writing Guild. Her poetry has been published in several lit mags and journals, including Sugar House Review, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Cultural Daily, and The Penn Review. Hopkinson’s full length book A Godless Ascends was published by Lithic Press in March 2024. Her fourth e-chapbook Almost Famous was published by Yavanika Press in 2019 and her third chapbook Footnote was published by Lithic Press in 2017. Hopkinson happily answers to labels such as atheist, feminist, and empty nester; and enjoys traveling, live music, and craft beer.

    • Saturday, June 29, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    Writing the Octavia E. Butler Poem or Flash Fiction Story - $79

    When Octavia Estelle Butler’s grandmother, Eloise Guy, migrated to Victorville, California in the mid-1930s with six children, no husband and closed-mouth about her past, she simply wanted to “start over,” she told her family without telling them why. Born in the Jim Crow South in Lafayette, Louisiana, Eloise worked hard, scraping by while the country entered World War II in 1939.

    Raised by her domestic worker mother and strict Baptist grandmother in difficult, volatile times for African Americans who demanded equal rights, during the nation’s formation of secret intelligence, and in budding national awareness of alien existence, Butler’s award-winning science fiction is replete with the themes, motifs, possibilities, dangers and triumphs of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    After exploring Butler’s life, we’ll draft poems in this workshop that capture one or several moments of Octavia Butler’s life from girlhood to adulthood, and her writing journey, as well as her writing about the land. We’ll also incorporate elements of her struggles to publish, teach, and overcome shyness and dyslexia.

    In this workshop, you will have the option to either write an ODE poem about Octavia Butler or write a flash fiction story in the vein of an Octavia Butler novel or short story. We’ll use Kindred for the flash fiction prompt. Or you can do both or blend the poem and flash fiction story if it feels right.

    Hope you’ll join us in honoring the memory of this wonderful author!

    ABOUT SHONDA

    Kalamazoo, Michigan native Shonda Buchanan is a twice Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Oxfam Ambassador, a Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs and California Arts Council Fellow, the founding Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press and Board President for Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, one of the oldest arts organization in the country. Author of Black Indian, chosen by PBS NewsHour as a “Top 20 books to read to learn about institutional racism,” Shonda has freelanced for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, Indian Country Today, Capital & Main, LA Progressive, Westways Magazine, Sisters of AARP, The International Review of African American Art, the Daily Press, Los Angeles Magazine, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

    A professor at Loyola Marymount University and in Alma College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, Shonda’s forthcoming books are, The Lost Songs of Nina Simone and Children of the Mixed Blood Trail. Shonda Buchanan’s work focuses on the intersections of race, identity, migration, landscape and language with a mission to inspire, educate and heal. A descendant of African nations, the Coharie, Choctaw and Eastern Band Cherokee, and Europeans, Shonda writes on Chumash and Tongva lands in Los Angeles and in the Midwest on Ojibwa, (Anishinaabe), Ottawa and Potawatomi lands, yet she considers herself a citizen of the world. For more information, visit www.shondabuchanan.com.

    • Saturday, July 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • via Zoom
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    Retelling the Classics ($99/$129)



    Attempting to retell a classic story may be daunting but can be a tremendous amount of fun. Imagine re-telling a beloved story or play from another character's perspective or how certain characters and plots would fare in the present day. The classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, has been re-told and re-told again. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin tells Pride and Prejudice in a present-day Muslim community. Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi is the story told from the point of view of a young woman in present day Bronx, NY. Those are just two examples. Jane EyreKing Lear, and The Age of Innocence have all been re-told in imaginative ways. If you have an idea or would like to explore ideas, this seminar is for you.

    Bring examples of your favorite re-tellings and we will warm-up by getting to know classics in new ways. We will engage in activities designed to generate ideas and leave with a solid concept for a re-telling.


    Elizabeth Santiago, PhD, Liz, is the founder of The Untold Narratives – a free website dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. As a fiction writer and writing teacher living in Boston, she seeks to elevate underrepresented and under-heard voices. Her debut novel published by Lee and Low, The Moonlit Vine is available in English and Spanish (Claro de luna) and tells the little known narrative of the Taíno people, the native people of Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica who are still here and a huge part of Caribbean culture and history. She currently teaches creative writing and literature as an adjunct professor at both Boston College and Emerson College. She also teaches at Boston’s creative writing center, Grub Street, where she has taught workshops like Novel Generator, Retelling the Classics, Magical Realism and Writing Inclusive Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels. She formerly held the role Chief Development Officer at Youth Mentoring Action Network, a youth power-building organization in California. She was also the Chief Program Officer at MENTOR National. She obtained her PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University, Master of Education from Harvard University, and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.


    • Thursday, August 01, 2024
    • Monday, August 05, 2024
    • ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY
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    Conference Schedule Site

    This year IWWG’s  2024 Summer Conference, will take place August 1-5 on the beautiful, seaside campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Join us for this once-a-year immersive weekend; experience Community, Connection, and Creativity in the company of women Writing Together. You’ll thank yourself.

    Every day, choose from among 20 different workshops, in all genres, taught by teachers both familiar and those bringing exciting new voices and perspectives. Experience the joy of being “heard” during in-class readings, nightly open mics, and intensive workshops and critiques focused on your own writing. Unwind, rejuvenate, and build lasting connections with like-minded women writers joined by our words and our stories. The beauty of this location will inspire both you and  your creativity. We hope you'll join us for this transformative journey into Writing Together by the sea.  

    This year will feature the option of a single room or choosing to room with another, cutting your cost significantly. Most rooms are in 'quad' suites, set up for four (2 bedrooms, 2 in each room). Single rooms (single occupancy per bedroom) share bath, common area and kitchen with another single room in the suite. Double rooms (double occupancy in twin beds) share bath, kitchen, and common area with another 2-person double in the suite. Please note first floor rooms are sold out. We have second floor rooms with the same layout but it requires walking up one flight of stairs (no elevators). Please email or call with any issues on this and we will see what we can do. 

    Slides of our Open House/Information Session from 2/4/2024

    • Friday, August 02, 2024
    • Sunday, August 04, 2024
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    • Friday, August 02, 2024
    • Sunday, August 04, 2024
    • via Zoom
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    Conference Schedule Site

    IWWG is happy to present several virtual options for the August Summer Conference from author conversations to free writes to workshops and a closing session on self-publishing.  See descriptions below and join us! You can also participate in a virtual book fair.

    Friday, August 2

    6:00 - 6:45 pm
    Conversation with Sigrid Nunez


    Join IWWG Instructor and Past Board Chair Judith Huge in Conversation with Author, Sigrid Nunez: Sigrid Nunez has published nine novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, The Friend, What Are You Going Through, and, most recently, The Vulnerables. Nunez is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan SontagThe Friend, New York Times bestseller, won the 2018 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2019 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize. In France, it was longlisted for the 2019 Prix Femina and named a finalist for the 2019 Prix du Meilleure Livre. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her story “The Plan” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2019. Her essay “Life and Story,” originally published in The Sewanee Review, was selected for The Best American Essays 2023. Her work has been published in more than thirty countries.

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    Saturday, August 3

    9:00 - 10:00am
    "Our Blinding, Bright Lives": A Meditation and Freewriting Circle #1
    (Lisa Freedman)


    We will gather, and Lisa will guide us in five minutes of silent, breath-awareness meditation. Then we will freewrite off quotes and poems by Tracy K. Smith and share what comes through. The sharing is optional. The focus here is listening – listening to your inner self, listening to Tracy K. Smith’s lines, and listening to your own and each other’s words. 

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    11:00am - 12:15pm
    Flashes of Fiction
    (Melissa Michal)


    In this workshop, we will look at and write flash fiction, and pay careful attention to what makes this form unique. We will discuss the palpable and rich textures these tiny stories can evoke and how other authors weave such elements with so few words. Through examples and flash-story developing exercises, we will define how character, point of view, description, and setting play key roles in this form. This workshop is for any level and we will work on several exercises to help you work with the form.

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    1:00 - 2:30pm
    Writing Peace
    (Amy Shimson-Santo)

    Writing Peace - how women are imagining culture and place beyond conflict and war. 

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    Sunday, August 4

    9:00 - 10:00am
    "Our Blinding, Bright Lives": A Meditation and Freewriting Circle #1
    (Lisa Freedman)

    We will gather, and Lisa will guide us in five minutes of silent, breath-awareness meditation. Then we will freewrite off quotes and poems by Tracy K. Smith and share what comes through. The sharing is optional. The focus here is listening – listening to your inner self, listening to Tracy K. Smith’s lines, and listening to your own and each other’s words. Note: The format for both circles on Friday and Saturday mornings will be the same, but the prompts by Tracy K. Smith will be different in each circle.

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    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Pet Whispers
    (Kate Copeland)

    Dog circles moons of language.
    Dog barks for homecomings.
    Dog is a name away.
    From: Dog - by Katherine Gallagher (Circus Apprentice, 2006)

    During this workshop, we are going to read, write and whisper about pets! Whether they are swimmers or singers, curled up on your bed or crawled away in a crate, pets are our sweet, loyal (and yes, sometimes annoying) companions. Expect fun and facts re animal language and training thoughts, expect lots of ‘pet prompts’ as well. Even if you do not own a dog or never had a cat, you will find inspiration in the animal pieces that will spring up. Do bring photos or memorabilia along, and let’s nose at how pets’ moves affect us in all manner of ways!

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    3:00 - 4:30pm
    The Modern Publishing Landscape

    The publishing industry today looks much different than it did a decade ago. In that time, self-publishing has outgrown its longstanding 'vanity' stigma and become a viable publishing option for many writers. The traditional publishing industry has also experienced great changes and as a result it just isn’t what it used to be, even for those who’ve found success within the system. This workshop provides an overview of the modern book publishing landscape and gives advice to authors on how to successfully navigate it. We’ll discuss the general publishing options of Traditional Publishing, DIY, and Assisted Self-Publishing — how it all works and the logistics of
    moving your book from the computer screen to the bookshelf. This session is the only one with a separate Zoom link.

    August 1-5: Virtual Book Fair - email for details

    • Friday, August 02, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, August 04, 2024
    • 5:00 PM

    WRITING TOGETHER VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

    August 2-4, 2024


    Friday, August 2nd

    A Conversation with Sigrid Nunez. Time and description  to be announced; Visit Sigrid’s website here: sigridnunez.com

    Saturday, August 3rd

    “Our Blinding, Bright Lives”: A Meditation and Freewriting Circle #1 with Lisa Freedman

    9:00 - 10:00 am EST: We will gather, and Lisa will guide us in five minutes of silent, breath-awareness meditation. Then we will freewrite off quotes and poems by Tracy K. Smith and share what comes through. The sharing is optional. The focus here is listening – listening to your inner self, listening to Tracy K. Smith’s lines, and listening to your own and each other’s words. 

    11:30-12:30 - FLASH FICTION  

    Writing Peace with Amy Shimshon-Santo

    1:00 - 2:30 pm EST: Writing Peace - how women are imagining culture and place beyond conflict and war. 

    Sunday, August 4th

    “Our Blinding, Bright Lives”: A Meditation and Freewriting Circle #2 with Lisa Freedman

    9:00 - 10:00 am EST: We will gather, and Lisa will guide us in five minutes of silent, breath-awareness meditation. Then we will freewrite off quotes and poems by Tracy K. Smith and share what comes through. The sharing is optional. The focus here is listening – listening to your inner self, listening to Tracy K. Smith’s lines, and listening to your own and each other’s words.

    Pet Whispers with Kate Copeland

    11:30am - 12:30pm EST: During this workshop, we are going to read, write and whisper about pets! Whether they are swimmers or singers, curled up on your bed or crawled away in a crate, pets are our sweet, loyal (and yes, sometimes annoying) companions. Expect fun and facts re animal language and training thoughts, expect lots of ‘pet prompts’ as well. Even if you do not own a dog or never had a cat, you will find inspiration in the animal pieces that will spring up. Do bring photos or memorabilia along, and let’s nose at how pets’ moves affect us in all manner of ways!

    The Modern Publishing Landscape

    3:00 - 4:30 pm EST: The publishing industry today looks much different than it did a decade ago. In that time, self-publishing has outgrown its longstanding 'vanity' stigma and become a viable publishing option for many writers. The traditional publishing industry has also experienced great changes and as a result it just isn’t what it used to be, even for those who’ve found success within the system. This workshop provides an overview of the modern book publishing landscape and gives advice to authors on how to successfully navigate it. We’ll discuss the general publishing options of Traditional Publishing, DIY, and Assisted Self-Publishing — how it all works and the logistics of moving your book from the computer screen to the bookshelf.

    • Saturday, August 03, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • RWU
    Registration is closed

    IWWG BOOK FAIR

    • Each author will share a 6 foot table
    • Authors responsible for shipping books to/from venue
    • Authors responsible for set up and breakdown of their area
    • Please bring enough books for half a 6 foot table

    If shipping, send to: (please do not have boxes arrive before July 25, 2024)

    Roger Williams Mail Center

    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol RI 02809-2971
    Tel. 401-254-3147
    • Thursday, August 08, 2024
    • Thursday, September 12, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • via Zoom
    • 12
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    Intermediate Playwriting ($199)

    Every script, every new play is a theory. I don’t know if it’s going to work, which means a 

    writer has to go in like a tailor, and listen to the actors and say, trim this more, or give her more. If it is perfectly tailored for the first cast it will be universal.” In this six-week course, you will get to sharpen your craft, learn revision techniques, and hear your work read aloud by professional actors. Each week, the instructor will share a short craft lesson, lead group discussions, facilitate breakout rooms, and guide you through writing exercises with skill focused prompts. There will be some outside assignments, including reading plays and short craft essays. The reading list will focus on work that push outside of traditional play structure, with notable works by Sharifa Yasmin, Hansol Jung, and Dave Harris. By week three, we will transition in

    to workshop where you will have the opportunity to hear your work read aloud by professional actors and receive on-the-spot feedback. Using the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process, workshops will aim to nurture the growth of a play in early development. Your instructor will organize one-on-one meetings for extensive feedback, as well as individual time to dig into you as an artist. The course will culminate with a session focused on the business of playwriting. The instructor will share professional knowledge about the development of a new play, the submission process, artistic statements, and equip you with resources to take your theatre work to the next level. This class is intended for intermediate and advanced level playwrights who are familiar with the theatrical form

    KIRA ROCKWELL is a neurodivergent playwright and educator. She is an Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with the Mass Cultural Council, a Recipient of Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, Second place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and more. Selected plays include OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (world premiere Actor's Express); THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (workshop premiere Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and WITH MY EYES SHUT (published with Original Works). Her work has been developed with The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Great Plains Theatre Commons, among others. Commissions with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actor's Express, and Moonbox Productions. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance, and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. As an educator, Rockwell has taught at Brandeis University, Wheaton College, and centers across New England. Before graduate school, Rockwell worked at the intersection of mental health and arts education. Through a trauma-informed, healing-centered lens, she aims to nurture communal spaces that disrupt passivity and empower agency. www.kirarockwell.com





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