Velvetpark Reading, "Mother As Muse"

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Velvetpark Reading, "Mother As Muse"

This Wed, Dec 4th at Dixon Place, our December Reading: "Mother As Muse" curated by Qiana Mestrich. Wednesday at 7:00pm, Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, @ Delancey

featured artists will perform/recite writings/reflections on motherhood from multiple perspectives: as mother, child, friend, spouse, partner, observer/stranger, etc.

Qiana Mestrich is a visual artist, writer and digital marketing professional. A graduate of the ICP-Bard College MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies. She is the founder of Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History, a blog which profiles photographers of color. In 2012, she co-edited (with fellow ICP-Bard alumna Michi Jigarjian) How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood (Secretary Press), a book about and by contemporary artist mothers.

Michi Jigarjian is a visual artist living and working in New York City. She received her MFA from ICP- Bard College. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is the co-founder of New Draft Collective and Secretary Press. Currently she is an artists in resident at the LMCC Swing Space on Governors Island.

Dawn Crandell is a dancer, choreographer, theater artist, poet, grassroots cultural activist and educator with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is the creator of Mixed Movement, an improvisational dance event bridging the gap between the different dance communities and co-founder of Brown Girls Burlesque, an all women of color theatrical burlesque troupe.

Ruby S Tcholakian is a writer and Special Education Itinerant Teacher who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MA in Early Childhood Special Education from Columbia and MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She was awarded the Academy of American Poets prize for her poem "Mr. Apkar Zarian", her poem "Resurrection" was published in Ararat Magazine, and she facilitated creative writing groups through the Right-to-Write Program at Westchester County Women's Correctional Facility.

Kathleen Vera is a writer, photographer and medical coder born and bred in New York City. Her works deal with finding your voice amongst the noise of every day life as well as in dream settings. She holds a B.A. in English from City University of NY, Queens.