Erasures, White Shame Salon: Sept 12

Erasures, White Shame Salon

Wed, Sept 12, 5:30-7:30

As part of the Kore Institute Salon Series at the Dunbar, please join us for an informal evening of food, community and conversation with writers TC Tolbert, Addie Tsai and Farid Matuk. While interrogating whiteness, this discussion will also range across questions of how we imagine social responsibility, artistic intervention, and communal joy as ways of actively pushing against erasures, moving beyond white shame.

The evening may ask, how do we imagine (and maybe already live) fugitive moments outside whiteness? What are we fighting for? Might grief be an idea that could get us to imagine deeper work, more sustained, and consequential work for folks who are trying to figure out what to do/how to act from their position of privilege? What happens after decolonization? 

$5 suggested donation at the door for the artists; no one turned away for lack of funds. It’s a potluck! Bring food or drink to share.

Kore is in the Dunbar Pavilion: 325 W 2nd St, Tucson.

Parking is free on the street, or in the south parking lot. Enter through the gates and door on the 2nd St side of the building. Kore is at the top of the stairs on the second floor, room 201.

Farid Matuk is the author of the poetry collections This Isa Nice Neighborhood and The Real Horse. His chapbooks include My Daughter La Chola and From Don’t Call It Reginald Denny. Matuk serves as an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona and on the editorial team at Fence.

Addie Tsai teaches courses in literature, creative writing, and humanities at Houston Community College, and received her MFA from Warren Wilson College and her doctorate in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. Her writing has been published in Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire, and has written a queer Asian young adult novel called Dear Twin. She is an editor at The Grief Diaries and at The Flexible Persona.

TC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. S/he believes in working across communities—building bridges wherever possible. Tolbert earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona, and teaches in the low residency MFA program at OSU-Cascades and at the University of Arizona. S/he has three  chapbooks: spirare (Belladonna, 2012), territories of folding (Kore Press, 2011), and I:Not He:Not I (Pitymilk Press, 2014), and a full-length collection, Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014).