Wet & Dry: Somatics of Disability Culture through Poetic Performance

December 15, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Calusa Commons
2161 1st Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Keep St. Pete Lit

Join us for an evening of disability culture with Stephanie Heit and Petra Kuppers (with special guests). They will share moments of their collaborative somatic experiments in water and on land, in a mix of poetry, fiction, and music. Queer perspectives on space, desire, pain and love.

Petra Kuppers (born 1968) is a community performance artist and a disability culture activist. She is a Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Theatre and Art and Design, teaching mainly in Performance Studies and Disability Studies, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and she serves on the faculty of Port Townsend’s Goddard College MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts. She has written many academic books, edited anthologies, and is a published poet. Her most recent book, Pearl Stitch, is published by Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016. However, she is also a wheelchair user and fully embraces the label of disabled, a label she has had all her life.

Stephanie Heit is a poet, dancer, and teacher of somatic writing, Contemplative Dance Practice, and Kundalini Yoga. She lives with bipolar disorder and is a member of the Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. Her debut poetry collection, The Color She Gave Gravity, was a Nightboat Poetry Prize finalist and is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2017. Her work most recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Typo, Streetnotes, Nerve Lantern, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology, Spoon Knife Anthology, Theatre Topics, and Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her partner and collaborator, Petra Kuppers.

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