Saturday, February 9, 2013

Women of Appalachia

I was notified that my essay entitled "Clarity" has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming event "Women Speak" for the Women of Appalachia scheduled for March 15, 2013, 6PM at Arts West. I'm not sure about the performance part considering how darned hard it was to write the piece in the first place. I struggled for four days to write the essay which is only four pages long. I'll be easily identifiable as the one quaking in my shoes. However, in the pursuit of a more creative life, this becomes part of the adventure. I last recollect doing a public reading to elementary aged children in Japan who did not speak much English. If you're in the area and want to offer a newbie artist some support, mark it on your calendar. There will be other performers sharing their stories and art as well.

a juried performance of Story, Poetry, and Song 
Words are as necessary to us as breathing. As women, we come to each other to share words that bring us familiarity, support and trust. Women create attachments from which we divine the necessary elements to find our sense of the world and our place within it. From childhood to womanhood, generation to generation, words spoken in secret, through giggles and tears, through births and deaths and endless loves, forming communities in which we grow and thrive — and always, always we share our stories.
We are women of Appalachia, from diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences who come together to embrace the stereotype — to show the whole woman; beyond the superficial factors that people use to judge her.
We believe that all women are capable, courageous, creative and inspired.
Kari Gunter-Seymour, Founder/CuratorWoman of Appalachia 

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