Monday, August 23rd at 7pm
Live on Crowdcast
Join us for the thirtieth episode of Write America featuring Theraputic Poet Lora Tucker & award-winning poet Lindsay Adkins as they read and discuss their works and about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.
This event is free to attend. Register here.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
LORA TUCKER Lora René Tucker, LMSW, CASAC 2, is Brooklyn born and educated; now living in Sag Harbor, NY. Lora has had over 30 years teaching “Unlearning Stereotypes,” cultural competence and advocating for racial and social justice throughout the New York area. As the “Therapeutic Poet,” she has had her poetry featured in NYC venues since 1992, has a blog on POZ online magazine and self-published her first book of poetry, Writes of Passage. She nurtured her writing through workshops, like the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and is an “alumnus” of the Louis Reyes Rivera Writing Workshop.
She is now facilitating poetry therapy workshops for Stonybrook/ Southampton Hospital; presently co-facilitating a wellness program for the staff of the Parrish Art Museum. She has recently been featured and published in The East Hampton Star, the NY State Preservation League’s blog and was Ms. September (poem of the month) at Brooklyn Poets YAWP. She was recently installed as the poetry editor for African Voices literary magazine and volunteers for the John Jermaine Memorial Library; having facilitated their film discussions on racial justice and inclusion for their “Tough Topics” group and Film Club.
Presently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at Stonybrook University (at the tender age of 61,) she received for the second year in a row the Sarah Martell Award for mid career, returning women students. (Which means it’s for mature women who love learning!) Lora is determined to write about her search for her father’s contributions as a Tuskegee Airman.
Her “nine to five” were a corporate interior designer, credentialed alcohol and drug counselor, and a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. She’s now a writer until further notice.
LINDSAY ADKINS graduated from The University of Hartford with a BA in English and a BFA in Musical Theater, and moved from her home state of Massachusetts to New Jersey to work with Penguin Random House in New York City, where she spent over five years in publishing. She then earned my M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, where she taught creative writing courses to undergraduates. She has also taught 7th grade Language Arts, and currently works as a tutor, mentor, and coach helping kids and teens grow as readers and writers. Her written work has appeared in Narrative, Electric Lit, Frontier Poetry, So to Speak Journal, Sugar House Review, The Southampton Review, Sequestrum, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Muse/A Journal, and others. She is a recipient of the Amy Award from Poets & Writers, the Phyllis B. Abrahms Award in Poetry, and a fellowship from the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing.