january, 2017

22jan2:00 pm4:00 pmMore than a Single Story: Ambiguous Loss


Event Details

The Loft proudly presents More than a Single Story: Ambiguous Loss, moderated by Carolyn Holbrook and featuring Ayaan Dahir, Gabriella Anais Deal-Marquez, Marcie Rendon, Erin Sharkey and Sun Yung Shin. Taylor Seaberg will be performing.

In the second year of this series loosely based on Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk, “The Danger Of a Single Story,” Carolyn Holbrook continues to delve into issues of importance to women of color and women from indigenous communities both here and abroad, who are living in Minnesota. The themes for 2017 are Ambiguous Loss, The Body, and Reclaiming our Food.

Ambiguous Loss is the psychological or physical loss that “defies closure” (Dr. Pauline Boss). Ayaan Dahir, Gabriella Anais Deal-Marquez, Marcie Rendon, Erin Sharkey and Sun Yung Shin will discuss ambiguous loss as it relates to loss of homeland, culture, language, family ties, and history.

Now, more than ever, as Adichie says, “It is vital to listen to the multiple stories of a person or a place, to truly engage and gain an objective and in-depth understanding of a subject being written about.”

Carolyn Holbrook is a 2015 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant and was the 2010 recipient of the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (MHS Press). Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2013 & 2015. She founded SASE: The Write Place in 1993 and served as its Executive/Artistic Director until 2006, when she spearheaded its merger with Intermedia Arts. In 2005, she designed the Givens Foundation for African American Literature’s writers-in-the-schools program. She is the founder of the writing group, Twin Cities Black Women Writing She teaches at Hamline University and Minneapolis Community & Technical College.

Ayaan Dahir is a Communications Assistant and studies Psychology and African and African American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is a Violence Prevention Educator as well as a member of the Young Muslim Collective. Ayaan curates a blog, has written a novel, and is working on her second book. In her free time, Ayaan enjoys watching Game of Thrones and discussing race, gender, and class.

Anaïs Deal-Márquez is a Minneapolis-based interdisciplinary artist and community organizer who sees music and storytelling as key in building power with communities of color. With roots across the U.S.-Mexico border, her writing looks at identity, displacement, trauma, and healing. As founder of Border Voices, she uses storytelling and performance to create spaces for dialogue that centers immigrant and refugee voices of people of color. Anaïs is a member of Palabristas: Latin @ Wordslingers, a recipient of the 2014 VERVE Grant for Spoken Word artists through Intermedia Arts, and a 2015 Loft Mentor Series Winner in Poetry.

Marcie R. Rendon, enrolled White Earth Anishinabe. A playwright, poet, performance artist, and freelance writer she has four published plays, two non-fiction children’s books, and poems and short stories in numerous anthologies. “Worry and Wonder,” a short story, appears in Sky Blue Water, UofM Press, 2016. Her first novel, Murder on the Red River, is set for publication March 2017 from Cinco Puntos Press. As creator, producer, and director of Raving Native Productions Rendon produces plays and curates all-Native cabarets at venues in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Erin Sharkey is a writer, producer, educator and graphic designer based in Minneapolis. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and is the co-founder of an artist collective called Free Black Dirt. Erin has appeared in publications such as Walker Art Center’s Untitled and Paper Darts. Erin is a 2016/17 Loft Mentor Series winner in creative nonfiction. She was a 2016 VONA/Voices Travel Writing fellow, 2015 Givens Foundation for African American Literature Emerging Writers fellow, a Givens Foundation cultural producer-in-residence as well as a Coffee House Press in the Stacks artist-in-residence at the Archie Givens Sr. Archive at the University of MN.

신선영 Sun Yung Shin is the author, editor, or co-editor of six books and one chapbook: Unbearable Splendor (poetry/essay); Rough, and Savage (poetry); Skirt Full of Black (poetry); A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (essays); Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (essays); 쿠퍼의 롐슨 Cooper’s Lesson; and My Singularity (poetry). She is cofounder of a native women artists & women of color artist collective and is a contributing editor at Aster(ix) and Society Editions. She has received artist grants from the Bush Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation.

As a dependent of two young military parents, Taylor Seaberg spent her childhood traveling the world. She was born in Germany during the second Gulf War. She spent much of her upbringing in the Mediterranean and various European countries. Her family moved sporadically at the will of the US Armed Services and her stepfather’s deployment (every 2 years to be exact). Because of this, she never had an opportunity to deeply know or appreciate the historical value of the places she lived beyond their romanticized aesthetics. However, she was heavily immersed in the music world due to her mother who was a mezzo-soprano, opera singer of Kenyan and Indian descent. Taylor now considers herself a nomadic musician with a passion for jazz stylings and hip-hop.

Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft’s costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).


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