'More Naked Than Flesh:' An Introduction to Writing The Erotic
Apr
3
to Apr 4

'More Naked Than Flesh:' An Introduction to Writing The Erotic

What do ancient Sumerian poetry, Sappho, Anais Nin, dime-store novels about countesses and stable boys, the Marquis de Sade, the 1986 French novel Sphinx, and Harry Potter fanfiction all have in common?  Answer: they’re all examples of erotica – writing comprised of narrative and explicit portrayals of sexual relationships, intended to arouse the reader.  And they’re about to become part of your homework!  This class will involve generative writing prompts, short reading assignments, and the how-to’s of writing erotic literature, taught by a writer who paid her electricity bill by ghostwriting paranormal and dystopian erotic fiction for a decade.  If you’ve ever wanted to know how to write steamy love scenes, be bolder in your writing, and study the sensual, this is the class for you!

Please note: We’ll be looking at erotic content that addresses a wide range of gender presentations, body types, and identities.  (Werewolves and ghosts are not out of the question here, and erotic writing is never politically neutral!)  Please come prepared to have your notion of the erotic challenged, broadened, and pulled apart as we dive into the world of the bodily with our fellow classmates.

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HIVE Presents: Relic: Drawings by Bridget Brewer
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

HIVE Presents: Relic: Drawings by Bridget Brewer

For Canopy’s First Friday, HIVE Arts Collective presents “Relics: Drawings by Featured Artist Bridget Brewer.”

Relic is a solo exhibition featuring a collection of “body monologues:” drawings and erasure poems that explore where the body physically holds memories and recurrent expressions of trauma.  Part of a larger work-in-progress that is at once performance, novel, and illuminated manuscript, Relic addresses the public and private performances of pain in both Catholic and secular settings.

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HIVE Presents: Feast with Bridget Brewer
Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

HIVE Presents: Feast with Bridget Brewer

The poet Bhanu Kapil once described her work as “stories about girls on the floor of the world.” Using theatre and performance – eating charcoal, laying on the ground, singing – she was able to construct Ban en Banlieue, an incredibly personal and evocative work about body and politics.

Using our own bodies and physical experience as our inspiration, this writing workshop will explore what it means to engage with the senses as a way of writing towards ourselves. We’ll read and view excerpts from work “of the body” (Anais Nin, Hiromi Ito, Bhanu Kapil, contemporary dance, the visions of St. Therese of Avila, the Dadaists, and others), and participate in group conversation and group movement. With the help of both writing and theatre, this workshop will help you be more playful, honest, and connected to your art!

Participants of the workshop will receive a zine containing readings and writing prompts, for future inspiration.

Bridget Brewer is a writer, performer, and educator based in Austin, TX. Winner of a B. Iden Payne award and recipient of fellowships from Brown University and Surel's Place, her work centralizes Catholic mythology, queer camp, and the somatic as a way of interrogating the private/public theater of devotion in its many forms.

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This project will be supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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HIVE Presents: Introduction to Poetry Comics with Bridget Brewer
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

HIVE Presents: Introduction to Poetry Comics with Bridget Brewer

HIVE is pleased to present our first Featured Artist: Bridget Brewer!

Do you like poetry? Do you like comic books? Do people tell you those two things don’t go together? Let’s spend a couple hours together proving them wrong as we learn about poetry comics, a brand-new kind of writing where poetics and images make anything possible!

In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll discuss, define, and explore poetic and comic book terminology (as well as the politics of who is allowed to publish and make in both of these spaces); we’ll look at working poemics, like Bianca Stone and Aidan Koch; and we’ll complete activities which culminate in the creation of our own poetry comic zine! Participants of the workshop will also receive a zine of poetry comics, for future inspiration.

Bridget Brewer is a writer, performer, and educator based in Austin, TX. Winner of a B. Iden Payne award and recipient of fellowships from Brown University and Surel's Place, her work centralizes Catholic mythology, queer camp, and the somatic as a way of interrogating the private/public theater of devotion in its many forms.

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This project will be supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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An Introduction to Poetry Comics
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

An Introduction to Poetry Comics

Excerpted from Boise Weekly’s review:

This class will start with an introduction to the basics of both poetry and drawing before, as Brewer puts it, "combining those two languages."

"We start by looking at, okay, if we know what a stanza is in a poem, what does that look like as a drawing? Where can we have a line break in a graphic piece?" she said.

Brewer's workshop will be open to anyone age 13 or older who's interested in breaking boundaries with a genre that's far from black-and-white.

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I Am The Ghost: Writing Haunting Characters
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

I Am The Ghost: Writing Haunting Characters

Surel's Place resident Bridget Brewer will teach this workshop combining writing and theater. Participants will learn how to listen and write for the characters already haunting their bodies through both writing and acting exercises. At the end of the 3 hours, workshop participants will perform for the rest of the class (and the ghosts conjured during the afternoon).

For ages 15 and up

Scholarships available by writing info@surelsplace.org

Biography:

Bridget Brewer is a writer, performer, artist, and collaborator living in Austin, Texas. Body horror, Hell, personal apocalypses, witchcraft, monsters, textures of hybridity: these are her wet, fungal artistic concerns. Through research and patient practice, she has cultivated them carefully into work that is part performance, part fiction, part poem. In 2016, she earned her MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University, where she worked with Brian Evenson (A Collapse of Horses) and Thalia Field (Experimental Animals). Since then, her work has been featured in Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, The Collagist, Threadcount, Black Sun Lit, and other literary publications, and has been performed most notably at The Hideout Theatre and Wage House Theatre.

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Wild: Radical Forms of Making
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Wild: Radical Forms of Making

Austin Bat Cave | Adult Programs

Fee: $75.00
Friday, September 21st (6pm – 9pm)
Saturday, September 22nd (1pm – 4pm)

Purchase your spot here!

In this two-day generative class, writer Bridget Brewer will lead us through discussions, creative experiments, and explorations of what it means to be a person who writes – and how to free that entire person onto the page!  By engaging with radical writing by folks like Su Hui, June Jordan, Agnes Varda, Claude Cahun, Bhanu Kapil, and others, we’ll spend the first day gushing about form and language and generating work through writing prompts.  During the second day, we’ll bring a piece of our own writing that we’ve been struggling with and we’ll crack it open, reimagining and reinvigorating the space with newfound courage.  This class is open to writers of all levels in any genre.

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Chaps & Broads
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chaps & Broads

Join us for a night of broads reading chap(book)s! Featuring Claire Bowman, Julie Howd, Vanessa Couto Johnson, Bridget Brewer, Stephanie Goehring, and Julie Poole.

Claire Bowman is a poet from Missouri. She earned a BA in English from Truman State University, and an MFA in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers. Her chapbook, Dear Creatures, was published by Sutra Press in the fall of 2017. Her work can be found in DelugePANKNarrative Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Julie Howd holds an MFA from the University of Texas, Austin. In 2015 she won the Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Creative Arts. Her work can be found in a number of anthologies and journals, including America’s Best Emerging PoetsSixth Finchinter|rupture, and elsewhere.

Vanessa Couto Johnson’s third chapbook, speech rinse, won Slope Editions’ 2016 Chapbook Contest; her second chapbook is rotoscoping collage in Cork City (dancing girl press, 2016); and her first chapbook, Life of Francis, won Gambling the Aisle’s 2014 Chapbook Contest. Pungent dins concentric, her first full-length book, is forthcoming from Tolsun Books later this year.

Bridget Brewer is a writer, artist, performer, and educator based in Austin, TX. She earned her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2016, and currently serves as the Fiction Co-Editor for Nat Brut.  Her work has appeared in FANZINE, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, The Collagist, Awst Press, and elsewhere. 

Stephanie Goehring is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including This Room Has a Ghost (dancing girl press). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she works as a bookseller at Malvern Books and a freelance copy editor. She also serves on the advisory council for Conflict of Interest.

Julie Poole received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the New Writers’ Project at the University of Texas. Currently living in Austin, she is a volunteer reader for Pen-City Writers and a bookseller at Malvern Books.

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A Couple New Shows at MOHA
Mar
31
7:30 PM19:30

A Couple New Shows at MOHA

A couple new shows by: 
Zach Dorn | Kunikla | Grant & Grant's Texas Rants | Bridget Brewer | Realizing your Maximum Potente by Ben Cartright | Dana Suleymanova | Rachel Wilkins

Zach Dorn. In 2005, Pittsburgh-based puppeteer, Zach Dorn, made his first puppet show with an abandoned overhead projector, two hundred X-Acto blades, and discarded patient files from a Tallahassee chiropractor's office. After six years creating work with video cameras, human actors, and digital projectors, Dorn returns to the overhead. At this event, Dorn will share new shadow puppet work that he has created during his residency at MoHA. 

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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Writing With Your Improv Brain

Are you an improviser who's always wanted to try writing fiction? Are you a fiction writer who's always wondered about improv? Are you an art maker who feels stuck in your work right now? Are you just a person who's curious with a few extra bucks in your budget this month? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, this workshop is for you! Using a combination of improv games and writing exercises, we'll discover how an interdisciplinary approach to art can help us discover just what we're capable of! 

This workshop is open to all experience levels, open to ages 16+

June 13th- 6pm - 9pm $30

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May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Writing With Your Improv Brain

You’ve got the tools to make compelling characters, you know the story spine like the back of your hand… now learn how to use your improv brain to write short stories and novels! This workshop will take those sweet sweet improv skills and take you on a whole new storytelling journey. Plot twist: learning to write fiction can also better your improv!

$30 / 3 hours / Limited Space / **Class held at Hideout Studios (2505 E 6th St, Unit C)

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Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Poetry Comics

Saturday, April 1st from 10am – 1pm at Austin Bat Cave. LUNCH INCLUDED!

This workshop is open to students ages 12-16 years old. Click here to register!

Do you like poetry?  Do you like comic books?  Do people tell you those two things don’t go together?  Let’s spend a Saturday proving them wrong as we learn about poetry comics, a brand-new kind of writing where poetics and images make anything possible!  We’ll learn tools for writing and drawing, we’ll push the boundaries of the possible, we’ll explore the work of other poet comic artists, and we’ll leave the class with our own completed poetry comic.  No experience in either drawing or writing is necessary here – just a curious mind and a love of the strange!

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Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Wild Women: Exploring Feminist Forms of Making

“Woman has sex organs just about everywhere […]. Feminine language is more diffusive than its ‘male counterpart.’ That is undoubtedly the reason […] her language […] goes off in all directions and […] he is unable to discern the coherence.” – Luce Irigaray

Who are you? How do you find the form(s) that you need to make? How can we exist as women-identifiers in historically male spaces, and what does it mean to make something that’s really female-centric, that’s separate from and subversive to the male history of fiction writing? In this one-off class, writer Bridget Brewer will lead us through discussions, creative experiments, and explorations of what it means to make fictional work as a woman-identifying person. We’ll look at some truly wild women – we’ll revel with Claude Cahun and Anais Nin, with St. Hildegard von Bingen, with Bhanu Kapil and Helene Cixous, with Jamaica Kincaid and Dorothy Allison. We might dip our toe into Janelle Monae and her concept album, The ArchAndroid. We might talk about Agnes Varda’s cinematic essay on female aging and refuse, The Gleaners, as well as who you bring to the table. We’ll challenge what fiction is allowed to look like, what role maternal comfort can play in the work women are allowed to put forth, and we’ll discover together that form is one place to start when we want to make fiction that screams.

6$

White Light Studio

*ɴᴏᴛᴇ: ᴛʜɪs ᴇᴠᴇɴᴛ ɪs ᴅᴇsɪɢɴᴇᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴀʟʟ ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ. ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴇᴀɴs ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ ᴏғ ᴄᴏʟᴏʀ, ᴛʀᴀɴs/ǫᴜᴇᴇʀ/ᴄɪs ᴡᴏᴍᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ɢᴇɴᴅᴇʀ ɴᴏɴᴄᴏɴғᴏʀᴍɪɴɢ ɪɴᴅɪᴠɪᴅᴜᴀʟs.

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Apr
2
to Apr 3

Caketrain/Solar Luxuriance PL(+)US: AWP LA Offsite Reading

THE DRAIN 2232 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.

RACHEL LEVY (CAKETRAIN)
M. KITCHELL (SOLAR LUXURIANCE, CCM)
THIBAULT RAOULT (CAKETRAIN, OPO BOOKS)
WILLIAM VANDENBERG (CAKETRAIN, SOLAR LUXURIANCE)
KIT SCHLUTER (WAKEFIELD, SOLAR LUXURIANCE)
KATY MONGEAU (CAKETRAIN)
LEIF HAVEN (SOLAR LUXURIANCE)
KRISTIN HAYTER (www.kristinhayter.com)
BRIDGET BREWER (AWST)
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more soon

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