Reading sponsored by
Her story Garden Studios
Sunday Oct. 24rd.
2pm via Zoom
Join us for a reading by Shirley Smith of this beautiful memoir, Mama Bear: One Black Mother's Fight for Her Child's Life and Her Own, co-written by Zelda Lockhart. After the reading Zelda will discuss this compelling story with its author Shirley Smith and take questions from the audience. Brave. Compelling. Provocative. ” — Gabrielle Union Wade
A chronicle of Black Women’s resilience and healing around pre-term birth. A story of love—a celebration of community, family, faith, the maternal bond, and one woman’s indomitable spirit.
There are things in nature that communicate with our inner knowing, with our body, and our heart that we can not experience from behind a closed window. There is the smell of the rain, the texture of mud and the sound it makes beneath our boots, the sun on the nape of our neck warming every level of our spine and sending life through our central nervous system offering health and well-ness to the proteins in our DNA. And oh the discoveries; there is the smell of that plant that you didn't know was wild ginger.
Saturday November 6th
Couch Mountain Trail Gate 11
Rain or shine I will take you on a trek through the woods social distanced with our masks on, our journals in hand and our sense of adventure primed to discover through the "Noticing the Minutia Ceremony" from my work-in-progress Recollect: A Black Woman's Creative Journey to Decolonize Mind, Body & Soul. This is limited to 5 participants. The fee is $25. We will stroll and notice for a mile then sit and write with prompting, then turn ourselves around and head back. You must wear a mask at all times. Bring your water and your walking shoes.
LaVenson Press is devoted to helping women and girls of color take ownership of their stories through publication. To that end, LaVenson Press hosts publishing workshops, and publishes a yearly literary magazine and anthologies that highlights the poetry, memoir, and fiction of women and girls of color.