Guest Curated Author Series
Our community-responsive programming is guest-curated by Seattle-area artists, to increase opportunities where Seattle’s community voices can be seen and heard. Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism is guest-curated by Olaiya Land.
About the Fall 2021 Series: Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism
Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism is a series of online talks guest-curated by Olaiya Land. The series examines the ways life has shifted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can use meaningful self-care to move towards equity, justice and liberation. The series runs from Sept. 29 to Dec. 9, 2021.
Land, founder of the online journal and community Lionesse, will be in conversation with authors and activists of diverse backgrounds about their personal journey towards self-acceptance and how their work aims to help others lean into embracing themselves more fully.
These conversations will be centered around reclaiming the concepts of self-care and self-acceptance from the hands of capitalism and mass-marketing and enabling them to retain meaning. The series will especially highlight the experiences of marginalized groups—Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), queer and trans folks, fat people, women and neurodivergent individuals—as they push back against Western beauty standards, patriarchy and white supremacy and carve out spaces to feel accepted and whole.
Talks in the Fall 2021 Series
Wednesday, September 29 at 6pm: Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: The Laziness Lie presented by Devon Price
Using in-depth research, Price explains that people today do far more work than nearly any other humans in history. Yet, most of us often still feel we are not doing enough.
Wednesday, October 13 at 6pm: Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: Body Resiliency presented by Lindsay Kite
Kite shares powerful and practical advice that goes beyond “body positivity” to help readers develop body image resilience.
Thursday, October 28 at 6pm: Radical Self-Acceptance As Activism: BIPOC access to travel and the outdoors presented by Amanda Machado
Machado talks about how race, gender, power, and identity affect the way we travel and experience the outdoors.
Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6 pm: Voices of Color in Food presented by Lionesse
Food experts discuss representation in the food industry. Speakers will include food writer Tara O'Brady, sommelier Cha McCoy, and chef/owner at Musang restaurant, Melissa Miranda.
Monday, November 15 at 6pm: Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism: Anti-diet presented by Caroline Dooner
Dooner tackles the inherent flaws of dieting and diet culture, and offers readers a counterintuitively simple path to healing their physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food.
Thursday, December 9 at 6pm: Radical Self-Acceptance as Activism: The Sensual Self presented by Ev'Yan Whitney
The Sensual Self is a self-paced journal for writers who want to reconnect with their pleasure. Whitney’s questions help explore the body’s inner landscape—what textures, shapes, tempos and temperatures can bring bliss.
About the Curator
Olaiya Land is the founder and editor of Lionesse, an online journal and community promoting connection, confidence, sisterhood & self-love. She is the host of the Lionesse podcast. Olaiya also leads retreats and workshops all over the world that help people feel empowered and connect to their creativity. You can learn more about her work at www.wearelionesse.com and @wearelionesse.
About the Spring 2021 Series: Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains
In the five-part Spring 2021 Series: Grow[ing] Up: A Literary Series About Growing Pains, writer D.A. Navoti welcomed readers of all ages to consider the pains of growing up. The series ran from April 10 to July 15, 2021.
Talks in the Spring 2021 Series
Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11am: Childhood: Presented in partnership with Writers in the Schools (WITS)
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:30pm: The Teen Years: Presented in partnership with YouthSpeaks
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Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 6:30pm: Motherhood
Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 6:30pm: Fatherhood
Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:30pm: Young at Heart
About the Curator D.A. Navoti
D.A. Navoti is a member of the Gila River Indian Community and a nonfiction and poetic prose writer. His work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere. He produces the literary series “We the Indigenous” and co-created “Fight For Our Lives,” a reading series supporting communities targeted by divisive politics. He is a 2020 Radical Imagination grant recipient from the NDN Collective and was a 2020 CityArtist from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Navoti lives in occupied Duwamish territory (Seattle, WA). You can learn more about his work at www.danavoti.com