Reimagining Trauma, Re-membering Self, Speaking Our Names
Sunday 4/17; 10:30am-12:00pm
This workshop will be a writing and spoken word workshop. There will be three different sections. I will first begin with a brief reading from my book “Godless Circumcisions,” that speaks of my healing shift and practice after surviving multiple accounts of assault. We will then engage in brief dialogue around healing before beginning to write poems or prose that are centered around the idea of reimagining our trauma, re-membering those disconnected pieces of ourselves and articulating who we are, or wish to be or be seen as; many of us are often heard or seen as one dimensional survivors, instead of those selves that have long been overshadowed or lost. We will then begin to read and share our pieces and again engage in dialogue around what a healing process looks like for us individually and collectively.
Tabias Olajuawon Wilson
Tabias Olajuawon (Wilson) is a 26 year old speaker, poet and scholar-activist. He is the author of Godless Circumcisions: A Recollecting & Re-membering of Blackness, Queerness & Flows Survivance, an Amazon & Kindle LGBTQ & African American Poetry/Essays bestseller containing essays, poems, affirmations and counter-narratives concerning masculinities, critical love ethics, blaqueer feminisms, the practice of love, survival and redemption in Black and BlaQueer communities. His writings and commentary have been featured in Gawker, TheBody.com, BlaQueerFlow, RaceBaitr, Mic.com and HuffingtonPost among many others. Additionally, he has been honored and recognized as a “National Thought Leader” by the Association of Black Sexologists & Clinicians and as one of the “Top 100 Emerging LGBTQ Leaders” by the White House Office of Public Engagement. A survivor of multiple racial-sexual assaults, Tabias’ work is situated on the collective humanization and healing of direct survivors, direct assailant and the community and nation as meta survivors and assailants. His work, through personal narrative and cultural and scholarly critique, encourages readers, students, community and co-producers of knowledge to reckon with the human and violator within us all, in order to reach a more just collective. The focus and origins of the conference resonates deeply with his belief that healing is best attained through a communal practice of love and truth telling.