Beneath the Shadow of the Rainbow: Queer Women of Color Write/Right Their Lives
Sunday, March 16, 2008
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
at the National Hispanic Cultural Center
Queer women of color are often asked to choose a “side,” an identity: color (race/ethnicity) or sexuality. In this workshop, Cathy Arellano will lead participants through various writing exercises that embrace many aspects of ourselves. Some topics we will write about are birth family, community (what Cherríe Moraga refers to as “familia from scratch”), childhood/adolescence, coming out, living proud, creativity, and spirituality.
Participants will write their own poetry (rap, song, etc.), fiction, and/or creative nonfiction. Bring a notebook and a pen or pencil and photos, personal mementos, etc. for inspiration.
Cathy Arellano is a native of San Pancho’s Mission neighborhood who likes to write poems, essays, and stories about growing up brown, coming out queer, and living as true as she can which is kind of crooked. She earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa and her Master’s in Education and secondary teaching credential from U.C. Berkeley. Currently, she is teaching whatever they let her at Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico.