"If you can't talk about something, you can't think about something," writer Eula Biss told Krista Tippett in a recent interview.
Join me in April as alumni of my classes-- writers of sex, illness, and trauma-- read together at our 2nd Annual Literary Bacchanal!
In the classes I teach, we write the body to call it into being: to celebrate the brightness of sex or to untangle its complication; to find the wisdom at the heart of our illness journeys or to scrutinize the way callous medical care distances us from our own bodies; to write violence against the body with beauty, to write the perpetrator into humanity, to come into new relation with the things that have broken and remade us. We speak what is unspeakable, and afterward more is possible.
Come hear these brave, funny, and insightful stories of the body, at the precise time we most need them. This year, the reading will primarily feature writers from my December class Beautiful Flesh, with alumni of other classes filling out the lineup: Ann Pattison, Lora Rivera, Lisa Bowden, Sara Hubbs, Courtney Gustafson, Samantha Sharman, Sonya D. Ullrich, Natalie Lima, Kali Kennedy, Anna Stokes, Chris McGuire, and Cynthia Holmes.
The reading will be hosted by Tucson Hop Shop, whose perfect sun-and-shade-spackled patio is unmatched in Tucson. There'll be cold beer and chilled wine or ciders, but also lemonades and sodas and artisanal snacks and the Kebabeque food truck.
As our rangey essayists may tell stories of hot liaisons, violent relationships, and experiences facing death, the event is not recommended for children.
What is a bacchanal? In Ancient Rome, Bacchanalia were festivals to the god of wine, Bacchus, marked by intoxication and sexual rituals (some of which may have involved violence). But today we know the term bacchanal as referring to any wild revelry, and in this instance we use it to honor a celebration of the body in its full experience, gorgeous and dark, beautiful and painful.