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Get Lit: Writing Trauma with Kelsey Pinckney

Date(s): Thursday, January 2, 2020, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Genre and Form(s): Creative Practice, Mixed Genre, Social Practice, Therapeutic Practice, Writing Practice, Writing Process
Cost: Free

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About this Event

Spirited conversation. Literary culture. Every first Thursday at Valley Bar. Get Lit.

This month: Writing Trauma with Kelsey Pinckney

What are the politics, ethics, and aesthetics of writing trauma? How do these things change in writing about trauma experienced by others versus writing about our own trauma? What does trauma look like on the page--is there a definition of written trauma, or is it relative? Is there a use to writing and reading trauma? How do we present suffering with dignity and avoid exploitation? How can writing help us to heal?

Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004)

Please note: RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating directions, logistics, and other information about the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. Seating is first-come, first-served. Guests must be 21 or older. This event is open to the public and free.

About the Author

Photograph of Kelsey Pinckney

Kelsey Pinckney lives, works, and writes in Phoenix, Arizona. She served as the Assistant Director and Managing Editor of Four Chambers Press for five years. She is currently losing sleep but gaining knowledge and passion by pursuing her Master's of Social Work (MSW) at Arizona State University. 

About Get Lit

Inspired by 17th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Guests must be 21+. Open to the public and free. To learn more, visit our website at

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