Slought (4017 Walnut St Philadelphia)
Slought is pleased to announce "Poetry, Disability, and Resilience," a conversation with poet Andrea Applebee about the relation between writing, loss, and survival, on Monday November 6, 2017 from 6-7:30pm. The event will include a reading by Applebee and a conversation with Orchid Tierney, David Ting and Jean-Michel Rabaté. Andrea Applebee, who taught at Penn in 2011-12, is now living in Athens. Her recent collection of poems, Aletheia, was published in 2017 by Black Square Editions. In addition to the letter of the poems themselves, the conversation will also engage the author's resilience and creativity. Applebee will share about the constraints met and overcome by writers with a disability like near blindness, and the altered sense of time, instinct, and relation to others that comes with doing things the "non-sighted" way. Throughout her gradual loss of vision, which began at the age of five, Applebee has grappled with limits and loss in a way that enables her to reinvent her identity and self-worth.