RECONCILING THE BODY : A 6-wk workshop with Shay Lawz

Reconciling the Body: a workshop on interdisciplinary poetics, focuses mainly on performance as a tool for healing and reconciling the relationship between our bodies and the world(s) we exist in. We will explore how artists/writers have used a variety of vehicles to perform: from the page, to media, to their own bodies. We will focus on writers and sound/media artists like Harmony Holiday, Douglas Kearney, Jonah Mixon-Webster, Martine Syms, Jenny Holzer, etc as well as the “Unruly Bodies” Medium series, curated by Roxane Gay.

Summer 2020, Weekly on Zoom, Saturdays 1pm EST
Dates TBA

About the Facilitator:  SHAY LAWZ is a poet and interdisciplinary artist from Jersey City, NJ. She works at the intersection of text and performance and has presented work at Brown University, RISD, AS220, and Pratt Institute. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Aster(ix), Southwest Contemporary, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and Archway Editions, among others. She is a graduate of Brown University’s MFA program, has received fellowships from Jack Jones Literary Arts (Roxane Gay Fellowship), Cave Canem, and is an upcoming Dream Space resident at The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current project incorporates sound, image, and movement to examine how our methods of communicating state and institutional violence—through (social) media, personal and collective grief, and the recognition of one another—transform the living, queer Black body. She is a 2019-2020 Digital Studies fellow at Rutgers-Camden and teaches in the department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Liminal Lab is committed to providing a source of income for our collaborators and facilitators in an increasingly precarious time for culture workers and educators. However, no one will ever be turned away for lack of funds. We ask that those who can pay the suggested price, and/or help cover the cost of scholarship slots in each of our programs by sponsoring other participants.

Compare the below to the cost for a similar accredited workshop in a university setting (where most of the $$$ goes to institutional bloat):  $1035  — we show you this so we can begin to think about wtf is happening in our institutions, where both students and faculty get the short end of the stick.
At a standard “Market Rate,” at arts orgs: $350*
Recommended Sliding Scale: $30-50/session → $180-300 for the series
Precarity Pricing: $10-20/session
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Sponsorship: You may sponsor low or no fee participants in this workshop with a donation of any size.*if you have the funds to afford the “Market Rate,” we encourage you to support this facilitator by donating at that level, which will also support other students in this course who are unable to pay.

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