Sat, Apr 13 | Thomas Dunn Learning Center

April EAA - Anna Guzon #1

April is poetry month and Expressive Arts Anonymous provides a space for healthy expression through poetry. Anna Guzon from Your Words STL facilitates a writing workshop to find the healing voice inside.
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April EAA - Anna Guzon #1

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Apr 13, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade St, St. Louis, MO 63118, USA

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Expressive Arts Anonymous is CAF's free programming to assist survivors of violence. This workshop series hosts twice-monthly artistic expressive healing events for Saint Louis's emergency responders. Due to the highly stressful day-to-day exposure to Saint Louis violence, this population of community members struggle from high rates of suicide, depression, PTSD, and substance abuse. Our mission is to create an anonymous healing space for the community members who keep our city safe and save our citizens' lives. Not only will be offering healing expression workshops to highly trained artists and therapists, but we will also advocate to this hurting demographic the importance of self-care and the power of art as a healer.

APRIL WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR

Anna Ojascastro Guzon MD, MFA is a writer, educator, and former physician. For the past 15 years, she has taught every age group, as a high school and college teacher, and as a professional and volunteer tutor. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, where she co-created the first in a series of Humanities in Medicine fellowships, during which time she wrote and edited for the Bioethics Forum of Midwest Bioethics and attended the University of New Hampshire, Cambridge University Summer Writing Program, in Cambridge, England. After teaching full-time high school biology and part-time college anatomy and physiology, she received a two-year fellowship to study creative writing with a concentration in poetry at The New School University Graduate Writing Program. Her poetry has since been published in the Best American Poetry blog, Bone Bouquet, The Boiler Journal, and McSweeney’s, among other publications. In addition she has given numerous poetry readings and guest presentations in the New York City area and St. Louis. Her poem, “Bio II” was displayed in COCA’s Millstone Gallery, as part of Maria Ojascastro and Rudy Zapf’s exhibit, Breathe. Currently, she is a private creative writing tutor for gifted students, and a volunteer tutor for underserved children at St. Louis Catholic Academy and YourWords STL. She is also a co-founder and the program director of YourWords STL, a non-profit, tutoring organization. Anna uses her experience as a mother of two boys, one with special needs, as well as her medical background, in every facet of her teaching.

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