Aimee Suzara
Sep30

Aimee Suzara

Aimee Suzara is a Filipino-American poet, playwright, and performer whose mission is to create poetic and theatrical work about race, gender, and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Based in Oakland, Suzara has graced stages nationally, from Florida to Washington. Her debut poetry book, SOUVENIR (WordTech Editions 2014) was lauded as “a powerful meditation on history and the legacies of race, family and identity,” (David Mura), and her poems appear in numerous collections, including Phat’itude and Kartika Review.  Her performance work has been supported by YBCAway Award, National Endowment for the Arts, East Bay Community Foundation commission; selected for the One Minute Play Festival, Playground, APAture, and Utah Arts Festival; and staged at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, CounterPULSE, and others. Author Luis J Rodriguez has said, “Aimee Suzara is a deep chronicler of our hopes, dreams, pains, and future.  We need these poems more than ever.” www.aimeesuzara.net Spirited Woman Foundation Fellow, Studio Hour Leader, Consultant, Waves Discussion Series Contributor...

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2015 Retreat Program Sampler
Jan06

2015 Retreat Program Sampler

2015 Retreat & Waves Discussion Series: Writing Against the Current Following is a sample of the 2015 Retreat Program, still a work in progress. In abundance but unlisted are the echoing canyons, laughter, inspiration, and galaxies of fearless words and stories. The application deadline is January 15, so apply today! Learn more about AROHO Retreats here.   Our intention is to make room for women’s creative, unguarded responses to each other’s voices and concerns. Inspired by the groundbreaking work of AROHO’s 2015 Fellow of Distinction, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Virginia Woolf, The Waves Discussion Series will facilitate a “letting go” of preconceived notions of public sharing. Not only those listed below, but every woman at the retreat will have a variety of opportunities to freely express what they think in a genre or medium that best suits the way they think. Not only will The Waves explore issues of vital importance to women writers today, the discussion will also lead to new work and new perspective. FEATURING MAXINE HONG KINGSTON, ELLEN MCLAUGHLIN, LAUREN RUSK, MODERATOR, KATE GALE & A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO WRITE, BRIDGET BIRDSALL BENDING NARRATIVE: MATTER-OF-FACT TRANSFORMATIONS, LUKE DANI BLUE BELOVED-WAR WOMEN: WHY GHIGAU SPEAKS TO US AS WRITERS, SUNNY COOPER AN EXERCISE IN OSTRANENIE/DEFAMILIARIZATION, KATIE FARRIS CO-CREATIVITY: VISION, PRACTICE, POWER, MARNI GAUTHIER AND/OR/AGAINST/FOR, VERO GONZALEZ UNMAKING THE FORM, MARYA HORNBACHER AM I EXPERIMENTAL (OR JUST PSYCHOTIC)? BRIANNA JOHNSON WHAT TO HOLD ON TO IN CASE OF TSUNAMIS AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS, SUSAN KANGA IDENTITY AS AN ACT OF IMAGINATION, JILLIAN LAUREN A WOMAN IS A WARRIOR MOVING BODY AND BREATH, ALEXA MERGEN RE-INTERPRETING THE CARVED REVENGE ON YOUR BACK, SHAUNA OSBORN KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER: WHAT’S YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY? AIMEE PERKINS THE MOST ORDINARY MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD, DEBORAH POLIKOFF MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: SECRET CATHARSIS IN WOMAN WARRIOR, TANIA PRYPUTNIEWICZ IF YOU WERE A TREE…, MARGUERITE MARIA RIVAS KEEP THE DRAMA IN THE DRAMA: SOBRIETY AND THE WRITING LIFE, JAMIE ROSE A HOMELESS ‘OUTSIDER’ IN AMERICA: IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, LISE ST. AMANT I DIDN’T REALIZE I’D GET HATE MAIL: PREPARING TO PUBLISH A MEMOIR, JENNIFER STEIL GOING TO DARK PLACES: WRITING ABOUT ABUSE, KELLY SUNDBERG WOMEN WARRIORS: WRITING OUR NEW MYTHS, AIMEE SUZARA EXPLORING PASTS UNWRITTEN, DARLENE TAYLOR A PLACE AT THE TABLE, MICHELLE WING CONTRIBUTIONS ALSO ANTICIPATED FROM: JOY CASTRO, ESTHER COHEN, JANET FITCH, DIANE GILLIAM, SUSAN GOLOMB, DIPIKA GUHA, TAYARI JONES, BHANU KAPIL, CYNTHIA LEITICH SMITH, KUMKUM PAREEK MALIK, AND ELISA KAY SPARKS Led by seasoned writers and industry gurus, these small group sessions bring the same group of nine women together each day, providing an opportunity to gain a richer understanding...

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The Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship
Feb25

The Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship

The Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship was created by Nancy Mills, founder of The Spirited Woman. This fellowship provided waived Retreat registration for one “everywoman visionary who is changing the world one spirited woman step at a time.” Here, Nancy shares her profound intention for the fellowship: What inspired you to create the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship? I was inspired to create the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship to honor the creative spirit that lives within each one of us. One might call that spirit our passion. Our light. Our internal sense of freedom and liberation. It is that spark that keeps us going. Sometimes that spark feels un-lit. This fellowship is a reminder that no matter what the struggles we have had in life, no matter what the obstacles, no matter “what” it is this spark that keeps us going. We are looking for that special person who has ignited her spark under adversity. What, in  your mind, constitutes a “spirited woman?” A Spirited woman lives her life passionately. She is strong, energetic, compassionate, courageous and “unstoppable” in her creativity. What are some ways you have benefited from a community of supportive women writers and artists? Without a like-minded community of support, whether it be with writers and artists, or in any field – one is lost in a sea of one. It does take a village to shore up one’s spirit, confidence, talent, and belief in oneself. Self reflection is embellished by group reflection – and therefore magnified out into the world. Can you name some current women writers who inspire you and your work? I read constantly, but it is for pure enjoyment of self – such as mysteries. Even though, I am a former travel journalist and have written extensively within the world of women, I don’t consider myself a writer. More of a leader, cheerleader of women kind, the founder of Spirited Woman. What is one resource you wish all women writers had or knew about? I believe one of the primary reasons Spirited Woman funded this fellowship is because we feel the AROHO retreat would be the answer to this question. It is a cherished gift for women to have the opportunity to attend. Is there anything you hope the recipient of the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship will discover through their experience at the AROHO 2015 Retreat? I want whoever receives this fellowship to feel validated for her sense of “spirit” that led her to passionately use her creativity to overcome obstacles. A Spirited woman lives her life passionately. She is strong, energetic, compassionate, courageous and “unstoppable” in her creativity. Spirited Woman Foundation Fellows At...

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