Drawing from Camisha Jones’ forthcoming chapbook, Flare, this workshop is an exploration of invisible and silenced experiences of the body. Participants will read and discuss poems by D/deaf and Disabled writers in order to consider ways they might enter into writing about their own body experiences. Writing prompts will be offered that invite participants to delve into topics such as inequality, unexpressed pain, and gratitude. This workshop is sponsored by Disability Support Services in honor of Disability Awareness Month.
Camisha L. Jones is author of the Finishing Line Press chapbook, Flare, and a recipient of a 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship from The Loft Literary Center. Through both, she breaks silence around issues of invisible disability as someone living with hearing loss and chronic pain. Her poems can be found at Button Poetry, The Deaf Poets Society, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Typo, Rogue Agent, pluck!, Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions, and The Quarry, Split This Rock’s social justice poetry database. She is also published in Let’s Get Real: What People of Color Can’t Say and Whites Won’t Ask about Racism (StirFry Seminars &Consulting, Inc., 2011), Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide (ILR Press, 2014), and The Day Tajon Got Shot (Shout Mouse Press, 2017). She is Managing Director at Split This Rock, a national non-profit in DC that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Find her on Facebook as Poet Camisha Jones, on Twitter as 1Camisha, on Instagram as 1camisha, and online at her blog (https://thevisionwriter.blogspot.com/).