Richard Jeffery Newman, QED Astoria (27-16 23rd Avenue Astoria, NY)
Saturday, December 12th from 2:00-3:30pm
Richard is hosting a workshop: Making Fear a Thing of Beauty: Turning What Scares You Into Art
The statistics speak for themselves. Depending on the measure used, studies show that as many as 20% of men will experience some form of sexual violence at some point in their lives. Sadly, most of those men suffer in silence, victimized a second time by a culture that refuses to acknowledge the truths of their existence. Richard Jeffrey Newman broke his own silence as a survivor of childhood sexual assault in his first book of poetry, The Silence of Men, which was published by CavanKerry Press in 2006 and which some survivors have credited with helping them begin to tell their own stories. Since then, with the help of a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts, Richard’s been delving into this silence more deeply, making poems from the fears that it nurtures and giving voice to how being a survivor has shaped his life. Some of those poems will be published in 2016 by Ghostbird Press, as the chapbook For My Son, A Kind of Prayer.
“Making Fear a Thing of Beauty” will combine a reading and discussion of this new work with a workshop built around strategies for “turning what scares you into art.”
Wanda Praisner’s poem, “The Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (this will be her eighth).