A unique workshop is coming to the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, just in time for the Vancouver Writers Festl: noted Mexican poet Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez will host Love on Wheels, a poetry workshop on October 20th from 1-3pm.
Adler-Beléndez published his first book of poetry at 12, has written and acted in plays and speaks across the US and Mexico advocating for the power of poetry in understanding disability.
“What I really enjoy about teaching this workshop is that as a man in a wheelchair, I have no steadfast answers but a tremendous curiosity to exchange information and experiences,” says Adler-Beléndez, who has cerebral palsy. “We will open a safe space to discuss how our disability defines us and how it does not.”
The workshop is sponsored by ICORD community partner, Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people with SCI and related disabilities.
“Disability and sexuality is not something people are generally comfortable with and it is rarely discussed publicly,” says Chris McBride, SCI-BC’s Executive Director. “We decided to host this event because poetry is a powerful medium that can transcend our normal assumptions about what it means to live and express oneself with a disability.”
See the full press release at SCI-BC.