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Poems about Patchwork - Modern Quilt Exhibition with MJ Fievre

Bailey Contemporary Arts Center
Jun 16 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm |
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Poems about Patchwork - Modern Quilt Exhibition with MJ Fievre


Through Ekphrastic poetry, MJ Fievre will respond to the Modern Quilt Exhibition at the Bailey Contemporary Arts Center. Embracing the themes of comfort, heritage, family, and traditions, MJ will write three poems exploring the idea of sewing as an act of repair or preservation, using for inspiration the works of artists like Carole Lyles Shaw and Valerie Goodwin. One of the poems will focus on a specific type of quilt block and dig into its connection to the underground railroad. On June 16, MJ will share a series of poems commemorating the fascinating stories behind African American quilts.

About the Presenter

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, M.J. Fievre moved to the United States in 2002. She is the author of “Happy, Okay? Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, and Survival” and the writer behind the Badass Black Girl series. She helps others write their way through trauma, build community and create social change. She works with veterans, disenfranchised youth, cancer patients and survivors, victims of domestic and sexual violence, minorities, the elderly, those with chronic illness or going through transition and any underserved population in need of writing as a form of therapy—even if they don’t realize that they need writing or therapy. M.J. currently writes from Winter Garden, FL.