A special writing workshop with Sunu P. Chandy benefiting Community Building Art Works programs for Veterans, Service Members, Military Families, and Healthcare Workers.

Creating Joyful Community with poet Sunu P. Chandy

UPDATED WITH NEW WORKSHOP DATE: Now on September 7th, 2023 at 7 PM EDT. All previous registrations have been converted. No need to register again.

Join us for a special writing workshop with poet, Sunu P. Chandy, to benefit Community Building Art Works programs for veterans, service members, military families, and health care workers. This workshop is free for Veterans, Service Members, and Healthcare Workers. All ticket sales benefit CBAW programs.

As author Oliver Burkeman writes, most of us get 4000 weeks in this life if we are lucky. Given this reality, it is particularly important that amidst our struggles for social justice that we take time to celebrate our wins together and cultivate joy. How we make time to rest, courageously work towards our most desired goals, fight for equality, and support each other through our hardest times are questions of a lifetime, and ones we will explore during this 90-minute generative writing workshop. These questions will be examined through reading poems together, including by Aracelis Girmay and Naomi Shihab Nye, responding to writing prompts, sharing our collective wisdom, and building each other up.

Through our partnership with Bookshop, we’re pleased to announce a special added value for those who register for this workshop: A coupon code for a 10% discount on your purchase of My Dear Comrades by Sunu P. Chandy. This coupon will be issued to registrants via email.

About the facilitator:

Sunu P. Chandy (she/her) is a social justice activist through her work as a poet and a civil rights attorney. She’s a queer woman of color and lives in Washington, D.C. with her family. Sunu is the daughter of immigrants from Kerala, India. Her collection of poems, My Dear Comrades, was selected for the 2021 Terry J. Cox Prize, and published by Regal House in March 2023. Sunu’s work can also be found in publications including Asian American Literary Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Poets on Adoption, Split this Rock’s online social justice database, The Quarry, and in anthologies including The Penguin Book of Indian Poets, The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation. Sunu earned her B.A. in Peace and Global Studies/Women’s Studies from Earlham College, her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and later, her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Queens College/The City University of New York. Sunu is a board member of Transgender Law Center, and was included as one the 2021 Queer Women of Washington and one of Go Magazine’s100 Women We Love: Class Of 2019. Sunu is delighted to celebrate her first collection of poetry, My Dear Comrades, with all of you and with the book’s fabulous cover artist, Ragni Agarwal.

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