The Local Poets Guild, in collaboration with Basement Films, presents "(L)INK: The Write Disability," a weekend of readings and workshops by authors with disabilities designed to expand understanding of disability culture Friday, May 11-Saturday, May 12. The event features UNM alumni Teresa Blankmeyer Burke and Lisa Gill.
"(L)INK" kicks off with "Beauty is a Verb: Poetry and Prose by Writers with Disabilities" featuring Gill, Denise Leto, Natalie Illum, Kenny Fries, Mary McGinnis and Emily Rapp on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE. Tickets are $15 general or $10 for students and Outpost members.
Workshops on Saturday, May 12, are at the Tricklock Performance Laboratory, 110 Gold Ave. SW, 9 a.m.-noon and at the Main Library auditorium, 501 Copper Ave. NW, 2 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Topics include "Writing to Heal & Writing for Joy" at 9 a.m. and "Performance Strategies" at 10:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions feature keynote speakers Blankmeyer Burke, Fries and McGinnis. Events close with a roundtable discussion and open mic at 4 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.
The coordinating organizations also have a UNM connection. Gill is founder and co-artistic director of the Local Poets Guild and Bryan Konefsky, UNM cinematic arts lecturer, is president of Basement Films.
Sponsors include the New Mexico Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and McCune Charitable Foundation.
For more information, visit "(L)INK: The Write Disability."