A Celebration of Prose & Lore 4!

It was a deep pleasure to be writing mentor to two writers from out of state as they worked toward their submission for the excellent anthology, Prose & Lore 4, a collection of stories about sex work. There are not enough books like this celebrating the magnificent language and stories of sex workers and today we get to celebrate this new edition. I will be reading the submissions from the two writers I worked with, Cris Sardina and Julia L.

Join us on Saturday, July 12 at 1pm to celebrate the fourth anthology from Red Umbrella Project at The Tank, 151 W. 46th St. btwn 6th and 7th 8th floor  $12 ticket includes a copy of the brand new issue of Prose & Lore: Memoir Stories About Sex Worker.

Issue 4 includes 20 original, true, first-person stories about experiences in sex work, featuring writers from our NYC memoir writing workshops as well as distance writers who worked with mentor editors.

Contributors include: Annabelle Lee, April Hope, Ava Talley, Barbara R. Lee, Caty Simon, Cris Sardina, Dragonfly, Elle Stanger, Gerry Visco, Janet, Julia L., L. Synn Stern, Leigh Alanna, Lori Adorable, Paris S., Shelby May, Violet Mclean, Rachael Therein, Rei, Rita Rachaels.

Then…..stick around for the New York City premier of ” In My Skin,” an 18 minute documentary film in which nine transgender women in New York City come together in a theater ensemble, where they write and perform a play about the issues of employment, family, and intimate partner violence. Tickets will be $5 suggested donation.

Tonight: Memoir Writing Workshop

I’m excited to be facilitating a FREE memoir writing workshop tonight in Brooklyn for sex workers through the Red Umbrella Project.
Red Umbrella Project offers free, peer-facilitated Memoir Writing Workshops in New York City for individuals with experience in the sex trades. In our workshops, participants generate new writing in class and at home, build their writing skills and confidence, share their stories and get feedback from peers, and ultimately publish a piece in our biannual literary journal Prose & Lore. We also offer a Page to Stage workshop for people who complete the workshop and want to read their work at one of our storytelling events.
The workshops are free and no commitment: you show up, write and share with peers for two hours, go home with a draft and ideas for more. Full details here: Red Umbrella Project.

international day to end violence……

Here is where words began. Here is defined as the place amidst the shatter. Or thievery of violence. Bodies are stolen everyday and turned into silent nights. Until they shake away the hush of forced imprisonment and become louder than ever…

Today, celebrate the memory of sex workers who lost their lives due to violence and injustice. In remembrance, they live on.

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers