Grounded in themes of identity, lineage, community, growth, and justice, writer/performer Susan Lieu will lead the Reimagine community in an exploration of stories we carry upon and within ourselves. Using meditation, prompted journaling, and small group shares, we will individually and collectively reflect upon our mothers’ lives to gain a better understanding of how to cherish their stories, share them, and transform them into sources of power.
This event is intended for a general audience, which includes individuals who want to start writing something just for themselves and those who are developing a creative nonfiction project.
Reimagine continues to offer gatherings on holidays, often times of extreme vulnerability and grief. In particular, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Thanksgiving, and winter celebrations in December can be difficult because of their traditional associations with family members and reunions. However, even in seasons of sorrow, reasons for gratitude and joy can be found. As physical distancing relaxes, it’s time to reimagine holidays and discover what matters most about these annual events.
Susan Lieu is a Vietnamese-American playwright, performer, and author who tells stories that refuse to be forgotten. With a vision for healing, her work delves deeply into the lived realities of body insecurity, grieving, and intergenerational trauma with humor. She took her autobiographical solo theater show “140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother” on a 10-city national tour (including Reimagine SF in 2019) with sold out premieres and accolades from L.A. Times, NPR, and American Theatre. Her forthcoming memoir, The Manicurist’s Daughter, will be published in 2023 through Celadon Books (Macmillan). You can hear her talk about race, priviledge, and parenthood as co-host of the podcast Model Minority Moms. Susan is an alum of Harvard, Yale, and Hedgebrook. www.susanlieu.me