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Love Paradox Supreme: Be My Valentine with Karen Finley (via Zoom)

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm


How can our creative practice generate love? How can we explore the emotions that perplex and inspire our hearts in our practice and content?  Creative prompt explorations center our Love Paradox Supreme workshop. The dimensions of love as inspiration will rally us with a series of exercises and contemplations to ignite our spirit. Considering the world around us, how are we connected to all living things? There can be tension between- all’s fair in love, betrayal, not giving a damn, and zest for life. Allowing space for the absurd, charming, dancing with strangers and laughable encounters, so be it. Reimagining poetically, allowing creative nonfiction gives freedom with new adventures. Let’s call it Love Magical Realism. Reimagining and curating memories invents a future or even a past.  We will reflect on kindness, tenderness and fragility. But if you prefer tough love – go for it. In our workshop we will consider: paradox, sentimentality, love letter to self, lessons learned, the one who got away and with an ultimate higher purpose of transformation and discovery along the way.

It will be capped at 15 students. Scholarship information will be available on November 15th. Please read the course policies page before signing up for any of our workshops.

This class will be taught via Zoom. The link will be sent at the time of registration (please check spam filters) and again in the day before class. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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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February 13
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States