Tara Betts will be the featured writer and workshop facilitator at B/reading Ground, a series that seeks to create a communal and generative literary space for avid writers and readers to explore the healing and transformational power of language. Guided by a Black feminist framework and womanist values, B/reading Ground is open to writers of all cultural backgrounds and genders and strives to foster open dialogue around writing as a creative art practice; to present both established and emerging writers to curious and critical audiences; and to allow space for writing and self-examination as a way of rounding the circle.

Encouraging expression that is born from passion, that is non-reactionary and unapologetic and that is revolutionary in its truth and clarity, B/reading Ground workshop sessions feature an invited author who will present their original work (poetry/prose/writing for theater/or genre defying); introduce a brief text, set of images, or object from an artist or culture-worker they find inspirational; and lead the circle in a writing exercise that will support others in their own creative production.

Imagined as both a literary and literal feast, B/reading Ground is a potluck brunch inviting all who attend to bring a breakfast or brunch item to share. And also bring your journals, notebooks, pens and pencils for the writing exercise.

B/Reading Ground typically follows this format:
Noon-12:30 pm Eating and Sharing
12:30 pm Opening Space
12:45-1:15 pm Reading by Featured Writer followed by Q and A
1:30-2:15 pm Writing Workshop
2:30 pm Adjourn

Occurring every on the Third Sunday of every other month, January’s B/reading Ground Reading and Writing Workshop will reference Rootwork’s current exhibition The Leaving: An Exhibition of Taking and Leaving Behind with artwork by Andrea Sanchez.

Please come and bring someone you love. And if you haven’t seen the current exhibition, don’t miss this last opportunity to view it.
Rootwork Gallery. 645 W. 18th Street. Pilsen.