Join us for an evening of poetry on Friday, November 7th at 8 p.m. with Cleveland residents Jessica Lewis, Mallory Whitten, and Erin Elizabeth Wehrenberg, and out-of-town readers Tess Pugsley andRachel Lee. Each author will read original, innovative prose that highlights awareness of identity, social justice, and healing in the world today.
Jessica Lewis is a Face-to-Face Advocate and Community Outreach Volunteer at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and a member of New Voices Cleveland, a grassroots Human Rights and Reproductive Justice organization led by and focused on women of color. Jessica is an activist for issues around consent, gender roles and performance, sexuality, and queer and racial identities. Jessica and Keishla Valez launched Hollaback Cleveland, a branch of the New York City initiative founded by Emily May in 2010. Hollaback is run by local activists in 71 cities, 24 countries, operating in 12 different languages..
Mallory Whitten lives in Ohio. In September of this 2014, she had her first book published with Monster House Press entitled Collected Poems & Stories.
Erin Elizabeth Wehrenberg exists with an undeniable calling to healing, self-love, and social justice. She weaves these themes through her writing as a way to challenge dominant norms that cut off loving, sustainable ways of being. Her work focuses on breathing life into past wounds and connecting to deep places of love and community while moving lighter. Erin spends her time with this Earth as an educator, women’s health specialist, life coach, and artist. Her first book of poetry, Notes on Healing and Clarity, was released in October of 2013.
Tess Pugsley lives in Columbus, Ohio. She she writes about being a feminist who is trying to be in a more loving relationship with life when she is not drawing plants and spending time outside.
Rachel Lee is a writer, community organizer and healer. For the last few years she has used poetry as a channel for transformation. Self-publishing the collection Quilting My Freedom Song in 2013 and in 2014 releasing a chapbook entitled Truth or Consequences with Monster House Press. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies where she focused on reproductive justice within the Black community. This work further deepened her understanding of
healing as an inherently political act. Most recently, she began work as a Birth Doula with the toLabor organization. She is currently pursuing her yoga teacher certification, enjoys working with young children, and spending as much time in the woods as she can.