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Dec. 11th Event: Poetry and Zine Reading with Julia Cohen, Lily Brown, LIPS, and others!

MLP members will be reading at the Poetry and Zine Reading with Julia Cohen, Lily Brown, LIPS, and others! event. Come out to support your local writers!

Where: The Flying Brick Library
506 S. Pine Street, Richmond, VA 23220

When: 12/11 6:00pm-9:00pm
Vegan potluck at 6:00, readings start at 7:00

Why: Come join us at the Flying Brick Library on December 11th at 6 p.m. for an off-site Von Gribley reading, sponsored by Chop Suey Books and the Flying Brick Library! Help us welcome Julia Cohen and Lily Brown to RVA and see them read with some of RVA’s most fantastic zinesters, artists, and activists!

The Flying Brick Library is a sober space, so please do not bring or consume any substances. For more info about the event, please email liz.canfield@gmail.com

Info about the readers:
Lily Brown is from Massachusetts and currently lives in Athens, where she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia. Her first book, Rust or Go Missing, is out from Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and recent poems have appeared in American Letters and Commentary and Colorado Review. A new chapbook, Being One, is forthcoming from Brave Men Press.

Julia Cohen is the author of 10 chapbooks and her first full-length book, Triggermoon Triggermoon, recently released from Black Lawrence Press. Her work has been published in 6×6, Columbia Poetry Review, Octopus, and 1913 amongst others. She is the poetry editor of Saltgrass and the Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly. She can be found at: www.onthemessiersideofneat.blogspot.com

LIPS zine is a zine devoted to female sexuality, as broadly as one wants to define “female.” Originally started in Williamsburg, VA, LIPS has moved to Richmond, and meets regularly at the Flying Brick Library on Saturdays at 3. Organizers and contributors to LIPS will be reading their own work and some pieces from the zine itself.

Other readers include Stacey Randolph and other folks who attend a small radical discussion group called Relaxing on a Sunday Afternoon. More info from an organizer: “This is a laid back place and time for people to come together to create art, play/listen to music, discuss activism, feminist theory, queer theory and cultural intersections. Often we discuss whatever is most relevant at the time, there is never a time where we’re lacking in social issues to talk about and often the issues appear organically from sharing our personal perspectives. Our interpersonal experiences intersect with the structures while we attempt to understand our abilities to act within them. There is no salient mission or distinct platform on which we stand, just people who care deeply gathering to converse, create and relax. Past areas of discussion: False Binaries, Transgender spaces and resources in RVA, Radical Feminism, Subversion and Revolution, LGBTQQIAA suicide and mental health and so much more… these seem heavy, but for the most part after these discussions we all leave feeling a little bit lighter. There is never one Sunday that has all the same people as involvement is always fluid. Though one thing is always consistent, I am always amazed by the power of shared experience and expressed thought.”

Also, there will be folks from the Mind(ful) Liberation Project, reading from their group’s work. Info about them is below:

“Mind(ful) Liberation Project, Richmond’s Icarus Project chapter, is a network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are commonly diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. We believe these experiences are mad gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness. We are a collaborative, participatory adventure fueled by inspiration and mutual aid.”

For more information about us and upcoming events:
http://theicarusproject.net/mindful-liberation-project

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