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Lecture & Master Class Series

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Terrance Hayes inaugurated this popular series in 2014 with “Turning into Dwelling: the Space between the Poet and the Poem,” a lecture on poetic community, poetic advocacy and poetic isolation. Since, audiences have continued to engage with provocative ideas and topics as diverse and insightful as the presenting poets, writers and scholars, themselves.

The Book of Our Lives: A Workshop on Storytelling with Cecilia Gentili

A workshop with Cecilia Gentili 
September 13, 2019
7 – 9pm, Cave Canem

The goal of this workshop with trans activist and storyteller Cecilia Gentili is to empower participants to use narrative as a way to heal, move an audience and gain the confidence to share their experiences with others.  Through community sharing, participants will dissect stories presented by Cecilia Gentili to learn and determine the best ways to develop their own personal stories to be presented to others.

The cost to attend this lecture is $10. To register, please visit Cave Canem’s Eventbrite Box Office. Space is limited.

This workshop prioritizes the participation of trans people of color. If cost is a barrier to attendance please contact as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Cecilia Gentili started Transgender Equity Consulting after serving as the Director of Policy at GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy from 2016 to 2019.  Originally from Argentina, Cecilia found her passion for advocacy and community service when she started working as an intern at the LGBT Community Center in New York City. From 2012 to 2016, she managed the Transgender Health Program at the Apicha Community Health Center. Cecilia is also contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, and a board member for Translatina Network, Transcend Legal, Stonewall Community Fund and the New Empire Pride Agenda.

Throughout her career, Cecilia has trained more than 3,000 individuals on a range of issues that include LGBTQ inclusion, immigration, drug use, sexual health, trans sensitivity and intersectionality. She has worked with city, state and federal governments, non and for-profit organizations to ensure that their employees and customers have a seamless experience, and her knowledge has helped organizations bring about lasting and meaningful change. For fun, she loves performing at storytelling and stand-up comedy events where she talks about her life experiences as a Latina transgender woman. Cecilia was a guest star at POSE for their first and second season playing Ms. Orlando.

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this unholding’s long night lounge: A Lecture with Fred Moten, May 15, 2019

Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts, an anti-racism workshop with Ama Codjoe, February 8th, 2019

Boarding the Voyage: A Lecture by Robin Coste Lewis, October 18th, 2018

Cultural Publicity for Poets of Color, a workshop by Jack Jones Literary Arts co-founder Kima Jones, May 10th, 2018

Poetry’s Musical Bloodline: A Sociohistorical Soundtrack, a master class with Tyehimba Jess, February 1st, 2018

Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts, an anti-racism workshop with Ama Codjoe, December 8th, 2017

What Time We Leaving for the Club?: A Lecture by Patricia Smith, July 20, 2017

Nevertheless, Live: Adynaton, the Promise of Silence, and the Key of Life: A Lecture by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, April 28, 2017

The Spirit That Is Charged: A Conversation about Poetry and Friendship with Tina Chang and Tracy K. Smith
, May 19, 2016

Duende: Art That Possesses: A Lecture by John Murillo, March 15, 2016

I’ve Known Rivers: Speaking of the Unspoken Places in Poetry: A Lecture by Martín Espada, February 6, 2016

Fall No More: Some Thoughts on the Imagination: A Lecture by Ross Gay, July 9, 2015

Seeing Home from a Distance: Panel on James Baldwin with Dante Micheaux and Darryl Pinckney, moderated by Tracyann Williams, March 19, 2015

It’ll Have You Trippin’: Pacing and Payoff in Stand-up and Verse: A Lecture by Adrian Matejka, March 16, 2015

The Concept Book—All Bark & No Bite? A Lecture by Kimiko Hahn, October 14, 2014

Turning Into Dwelling: A Lecture by Terrance Hayes, October 9, 2014