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Sinead: Poetic Truth to Power with Karen Finley (via Zoom)

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Please note that this workshop is now sold out! Thanks for all the interest. If you want to be put on the waiting list for this workshop, or have questions about other Karen Finley event and workshop options, please email [email protected]

Many of us were inspired and moved by Sinead O’Connor’s heartfelt voice. With her recent passing there has been an outpouring of grief and personal testimony of how Sinead spoke to us in personal ways. Her voice was not only angelic but was able to bring beauty and melody to the cacophonic aches of the tribulations of life, love, injustice and sorrow. Her life’s story, her triumphant artistry, her dreams and determination, and the vulnerability of her own embodiment.

For this intensive workshop, I will create a series of prompts for our own empathetic emotional and physical journey that Sinead’s voice spoke to, in us. We will write, speak out and relate through our own experiences, expectations of gender representation, misogyny, the church, censorship, abuse, physical and mental health issues.  Within all of life’s magnificent imaginations, grace, fierceness, humor, hope, delight, family reckoning and determining our own destiny. And how the creative process can shepherd us and speak out to help others. Opening up to the creative process will be an homage to her legacy.

Emerging, the creative curious and returning creatives are welcome. Introverts and being shy is fine. This intensive workshop will be organized with a series of prompts for you to reflect with time and focus to develop further.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and will be capped at 15 students. Registrants will receive the Zoom link to the email address they use to register. It will arrive immediately after registration so please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. It will also be sent the day before class as a reminder. Please review the course policies page before registering for any classes.

Karen Finley is a performance artist whose work has long provoked controversy and debate. She has performed at the Lincoln Center (NYC), the ICA (London), the Steppenwolf (Chicago), and the Bobino (Paris). Her art is in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among other places. She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obies, two Bessies, and a Ms. magazine Woman of the Year Award. Her books include Shock Treatment, Enough is Enough, Living It Up, A Different Kind Of Intimacy, George and Martha, The Reality Shows, and Grabbing Pussy. Finley is a professor in the department of Art and Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.


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September 10
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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