Reimagine has been hosting candlelight vigils throughout the pandemic in order to break down taboos and hold space for all that we've lost. Tonight's program will include a conversation between poets Eileen Myles and Sophie Robinson. Also featured, Reimagine collaborator Nefertiti Moor.
Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including a “Working Life,” For Now, Evolution, Afterglow (a dog memoir), Chelsea Girls, and I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1974-2014. Myles’s many honors include four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Creative Capital’s Literature Award as well as their Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. Myles lives in Marfa, Texas, and New York City. https://www.eileenmyles.com/
Sophie Robinson is a writer living in Norwich, UK. She is the author of the poetry collection Rabbit (Boiler House Press, 2018), and is currently finishing her first novel. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Nefertiti Moor is a creatress, green burial planner, grief/loss supporter and home funeral guide. An Anishinaabe land (Detroit, MI) native and currently living on Lenape land (Philadelphia, PA), Nefertiti has never been ashamed of where she comes from or where she's going in regards to community work. By actively healing childhood traumas, Nefertiti continues to embrace the strength in her sensitivity and empathy by utilizing it to support others. Although Nefertiti has been intrigued by death for as far back as she can remember, the passing of her grandfather is what brought her even closer to the death work and offerings that she gives to the community today. She holds dear to her heart the fact that grief, end of life discussions/planning, and home funeral options go so underserved in the Black community and she seeks to change that through dedication, focus and action. In collaboration with Reimagine, she is hosting Reimagining Father's Day: Death Meditation, Life Celebration. @dearly.bereaved
Reimagine is a nonprofit organization catalyzing a uniquely powerful community–people of different backgrounds, ages, races, and faiths (and no faith) coming together in the hopes of healing ourselves and the world. We specifically support each other in facing adversity, loss, and mortality and–at our own pace– actively channeling life's biggest challenges into meaningful action and growth.