Saturday, January 9th, 2021
12:00-2:00 PM on Zoom
From the perspective of neuroscience, memory is not a system designed to create accurate representations of the past; it’s designed for learning. We are therefore overwriting and changing memories all the time, and autobiographical memory may become boldly fictionalized while still retaining a feeling of emotional truth. Trauma may also compromise our creation of memories, leaving fragments of our experience stored but, in a sense, floating in a forever present. This workshop will explore somatic and poetic modes of accessing and engaging different types of memory – both explicit and implicit memory – for the purpose of giving fresh language to what’s happened, what’s happening now, and the lived experience of being cumulative.
Mindy Nettifee, PhD is a poet, artist educator, and depth psychology researcher, and somatic trauma therapist. Her doctoral research is on the sensory capacities of the voice and the role of voice and language in trauma healing. She has been teaching creative writing and performance for more than 15 years, and currently teaches workshops for Literary Arts, produces and hosts for Back Fence PDX and The Moth, and works with groups and individuals in private practice. She has published three full-length poetry collections and the how-to book on writing Glitter in the Blood. Her latest collection is Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody). She also writes posts about the moon(!) which you can get for free by following her on social media (@thecultofmindy).