Our stories Ourselves Writing Workshop: Melissa Olson
October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anishinaabe poet Gerald Vizenor writes, “Survivance is an act of presence, the continuance of Native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. Native survivance stories are a renunciation of dominance, tragedy, and victimry.” In keeping with Vizenor’s survivance, we will conceptualize nurturance as a creative exercise of balancing grief with writing that nurtures and respects the process of grieving and the uncertainty we experience. We will collectively read several poems and short essays, and
individually write in response to prompts on the topics of grief, grieving, recovery, and resolution. Participation in both sessions recommended but not required. Led by Melissa Olson (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe). Collaborator: More Than a Single Story. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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Melissa Olson (she/hers) is a journalist, community archivist, and an essayist. Her award winning audio documentary, Stolen Childhoods, was produced by KFAI community radio. She is a contributor to We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis To the World (University of MN Press 2021). She is an enrolled member of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.