First Friday Readings
Tasha Bushnell &
Friday, March 1, 2019
Three Rivers Food Co-op and Natural Grocery
1612 Sherman Blvd.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Art of Resistance and Resilience in NW Indiana
A 21st-century Urban Colony’
My poetry chapbook, If We Were Birds, will be included in this traveling exhibit:
Opening: March 9, 6pm-10pm
URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago IL 60608 | info@URI-EICHEN.com
Over the past few years, NW Indiana has been organizing for economic, social and environmental justice and against racist neocolonial policies. As Chicago pushes its own strategic gentrification, NW Indiana has been subordinated to its needs and interests, a 21st-century urban colony. The People have resisted! Resisted deportations from Gary airport (deportations for the entire Chicago region), Private prison construction for immigrant detention, Police repression against our black, brown and poor communities, Mass poisoning and gentrification of our economically oppressed Region, and Toxic environmental policies throughout NW Indiana.
Community artists are documenting these struggles and share the art of resistance at this exhibit. From protest signs to posters, from poetry to prose, from murals to photographs, this exhibit will offer testimony from activists and residents, stories and strategies, comedies and tragedies, along with a fierce commitment to battle for just equitable sustainable and livable communities.
Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in Hammond
Exhibit Opening: May 5th, 2018
November 18, 2017 – Featured poet at “Volumes and Broadsheet present Janine Harrison and Ryan Kenealy,” from 8-9 PM, Volumes, Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
November 3, 2017 – Presenting “Reaching Out: Organizations and Institutions Using Literary Arts as Outreach with Women and Girls” panel with Karen Shubert, Laura Madeline Wiseman, and Colleen Wells at the C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference, Conway, AR
October 28, 2017 – Presenting “Weaving Writers, Weaving Words: A Collaborative Braided Essay Workshop” with Laura Madeline Wiseman and Colleen Wells at the Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference, Fair Oaks, IN
October 14, 2017 – Hosting poets at Festival of the Trail, on Jewett Avenue between Kennedy Avenue and 4th Street, Highland, IN 12-12:30 and 1:30-2 PM
October 9 – 30, 2017 – Teaching “Memoir 101” workshop, once a week for four weeks, at Chicago Writers Studio. For more information, please see: https://www.chicagowritersstudio.com/memoir101/
September 15, 2017, 8-10 PM – Hosting a poetry reading featuring Northwest Indiana poets at Tinkers Attic, Highland, IN
August 5, 2017, 7-10 PM – Reading at the Underground Lit Fest’s “Speakeasy @ Art Space” event, Michigan City, IN For further info., please see: http://theliteraryunderground.org/litfest/
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 7 – 8:30 PM –
2017 IWC Eat & Exchange Series/Session I:
Reframing Experience in Poetry and Prose: Acts of Reclaiming and Resistance
Sip Coffeehouse and Artisanal Café, 2815 Jewett Avenue, Highland, IN
“Weaving Words: A Braided Essay Workshop,” which will be presented at the Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference, was born of a collaborative project in which three writers considered the following questions: How does perspective affect personal power and voice? How can reframing experience in writing serve as an act of resistance? How can it allow readers to see subjects through “new eyes”? Please join “Weaving Words” presenter and Highland Poet Laureate Janine Harrison for a discussion in which we define “reframing experience” and examine its applications in poetry and prose writing.
July 15, 2017, 7 PM – Reading from If We Were Birds at the Locofo Chaps Reading, Myopic Books, 1564 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
July 11 – 12, 2017 – Leading a two-day poetry workshop for Haitian Connection in Jeremie, Haiti
July 4, 2017, 12:30 PM – Reading of Independence Day poetry as part of Fourth of July Highland Festival, Main Square Park, Highland, IN
On October 15th, from 1-2 PM, Janine Harrison is honored to be joining Highland, Indiana Poet Laureate Lily Rex to read poetry at the town’s “Festival of the Trail.” My reading will focus on Jeremie, Haiti, as it relates to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. For additional information about the event, please see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001899376613787/