The Whatcom Museum and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Chelsey Richardson, a member of the 2021-2023 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau program. Why write about uncomfortable experiences? And why share them with others? Writing a collection of poetry about trauma was never a dream of Chelsey Richardson’s, but she did want to be a writer, and expressing her pain through writing gave her a tool for self-love, joy, and liberation. In this writing workshop, Richardson fuses the ancient art of African storytelling with modern spoken word poetry to show audiences how putting difficult emotions into words can help us heal from traumatic experiences.
The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.