Apicha and the Arts: FREE Poetry Workshop with Urban Word NYC & Angel Nafis

Apicha Community Health Center Nov 25, 2015  

Apicha CHC

Apicha Community Health Center is excited to announce the next event in its continuing series, Apicha and the Arts, where we team up with art/culture organizations to create special events tailored for New York City’s LGBT communities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people of color.

At these events, we will enjoy the work created by our communities and learn about new ways to stay healthy-- like PrEP, the latest tool to prevent HIV transmission -- to ensure we keep making great art.

It is our hope that these events will provide a space for these communities to come together, celebrate our work, struggles, and achievements, and, most importantly, inspire one another.

These events are sponsored through a grant from the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. 

Apicha CHC and Urban Word NYC Team Up

We have an event coming up later this month that we are super excited about. Apicha CHC is teaming up with Urban Word NYC to host a poetry workshop for LGBT Adolescents of Color.

In this two-session workshop, participants will get a chance to talk about their sexuality, coming out, and sex. After that they’ll write and revise poetry with the guidance of successful poets.

We’re looking for 15-20 participants aged 16-20 years-old who identify as LGBT and are from a community of color. All participants will get one-on-one attention from a professional poet.

Workshop Leader: Poet Angel Nafis, a lesbian poet of color, is teaching the workshops and is very excited about the program. More about Nafis:

Angel Nafis is an Ann Arbor, Michigan native and Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in POETRY, The Rumpus, FOUND Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels, The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, The Bear River Review, MUZZLE Magazine, Mosaic Magazine and more.

In 2011, she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam.

She is an Urban Word NYC Mentor and the founder, curator, and host of the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon reading series. She has facilitated acclaimed generative writing workshops and reading poems in universities, high schools, bookstores, detention centers, theaters, teen centers, bars, conferences, and tattoo parlors across the United States and Canada.

Author of BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard Press/ New School Poetics, 2012) she lives in Brooklyn with artist/musician/writer Shira Erlichman and an orange cat named Deuces.

Dates: Rescheduled, date and time are TBD
Time: TBD
Location: The Urban Word facility at 242 W. 27th St. Ste 3A, NYC, NY 10001

Poetry Reading: There will also be a poetry reading that’s open to our community to show off the poetry we created. Participants of the workshop and other, professional LGBT poets will read their poetry. The details are TBD, but we’ll let you know as soon as they’ve been worked out.

Sign Up Today!

If you want to participate, please call or email Phil Miner at pminer@apicha.org or give him a call at 646-884-5384 and he’ll get you signed up.

About Urban Word NYC

Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep and performance opportunities.

Urban Word presents literary arts education and youth programs in the areas of creative writing, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop. We provide FREE, safe and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round. Our host of programs and artistic development opportunities expose more than 25,000 NYC teens to the art of spoken word poetry.

Through their Creatively College Bound Program and partnership with the NY Knicks, they award over $1,000,000 in scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities each year. They also host a vigorous community educator and teacher training series, Preemptive Education, which links inquiry-based classroom practices with the most progressive academic trends in student-centered pedagogy.

Sign Up Today!

For those who want to participate, please call or email Phil Miner at pminer@apicha.org or give him a call at 646-884-5384 and he’ll get you signed up.Apicha Community Health Center | LGBT Health Center in NYC


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