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Other Powers: Trauma Survivors Reclaim Joy-a short look

A collaboration between poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and filmmaker Sue Perlgut

Other Powers: Trauma Survivors Reclaim Joy, is a collaboration that includes Cornell faculty, students, and women from the larger Ithaca community, and focuses on inventive explorations of different cultural and intersectional experiences of trauma and healing. “Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed,” Lucille Clifton writes in her groundbreaking collection The Book of Light. What would such a celebration entail? Through two poetry workshops professor and poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon helped women identify and write about trauma, survival, and joy. Working with community partner/filmmaker Sue Perlgut of CloseToHome Productions, they documented the workshops, interviewed participants about the impact of the workshop including their creative output.

Partially supported by grants from: The City Federation of Women's Organizations, An Engaged Opportunity Grant (engaged.cornell.edu/grant/engaged- opportunity-grant/) from the Office of Engagement Initiatives, and with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership.