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Prayers for Pussies: A Conversation

Date: 7/26/17

Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

• Regular: $10.00
• Member: $5.00

Free Black Dirt and the Loft present an evening on the significance of writing the Black erotic and sensuality for social transformation in this era. Inspired by the City of Minneapolis’ rejection of the poem by the same name for a commissioned public artwork, this event will ask audiences to consider what is the responsibility of artists in repressive times to provide vision and resistance through their work? Panelists Rica de la Concha, Katie Robinson, Irna Landrum, Erin Sharkey, and Junauda Petrus will share their own work while reflecting together on how creative practices in queerness, Afro-futurism, sensuality, womanism, and the erotic are healing the trauma of White Supremacy, colonization, gender oppression and rape culture. This will be an engaging conversation that will highlight the works of Black writers locally and ancestrally.
Free Black Dirt is an artistic partnership formed by Minneapolis based collaborators Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey. Committed to the creating original theatre and performance and supporting the emerging artists’ community in the Twin Cities, Free Black Dirt seeks to spark and engage in critical conversations.

Other guest artists will be announced closer to the event.

Junauda Petrus is a creative activist, writer, playwright, and multi-dimensional performance artist who is Minneapolis-born, West-Indian descended, and African-sourced. Her work centers around Black wildness, Afro-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, spectacle and shimmer. She has received a Givens Foundation fellowship, Jerome Travel and Study grant, Many Voices Mentorship with the Playwright’s Center, Naked Stages Residency at the Pillsbury House and a 2016 Jerome Film grant to write and direct an experimental and poetic web series about Black teens coming of age in Minneapolis, Sweetness of Wild, with filmmaker Mychal Fisher.

Erin Sharkey is a poet, essayist, educator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She serves as the co-host for Black Market Reads, a weekly podcast about literature and black cultural production. Erin was a 2015 Givens Writing Fellow and is currently a Givens Foundation cultural producer-in-residence and Coffee House Press in the Stacks artist-in-residence at the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature at the University of MN and also is a consultant with Umbra: Search African American History.
Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).

Pricing Option: $10.00 (Non-Member Price)