For Us With Love: An Open Mic Dream Space for Black MaGes

Image Description: A flyer for a Reclaim UGLY event. A brick background with a rainbow swirl and rainbow retro mic image. Text reads: “Reclaim UGLY Presents: For Us With Love: An Open Mic Dream Space for Black MaGes. Last Saturday of every month via Zoom. Join us to celebrate our Black MaGe brilliance and healing during a night of poetry, lullabies, stories, and magic. This is a night for us and only us, dedicated to our well-being, creativity, pleasure and future. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Automated live captioning will be available. Learn more & register at: Reclaim UGLY: (U)plift, (G)lorify, (L)ove, (Y)ourself and create a world where others can as well.”

We are BACK by popular demand! Join us the last Saturday of every month @ 5p PT!

You, Black MaGe (MaGe means Marginalized Genders: trans and cis women, trans femmes, non-binary people, and trans men/masc folks, everybody EXCEPT cis men), are welcome to join us for a magical and sacred evening of he(art), sharing, and love. Your voice is crucial. Your face is precious. We want and need to be in community with you. Register to attend here (even if you sign up to share, please register too!)

For Us With Love is an Open Mic devoted to us, Black MaGes, to love, heal, and nurture ourselves through literature and the arts. Share your own work, read from an artist or writer who has positively impacted your own life, or even come to enjoy some quality community time and wisdom with your people. Our biggest hope for the night is to give Black MaGes some well-deserved time to be heard and commune with each other.

This event is free and open for all Black MaGes. Your donation will help us to host accessible, fulfilling, sliding-scale, and safe events for our Black Healing Forever series with oodles of healing, learning, and intimacy-building content. You will not be turned away for lack of funds. Everybody is welcome with or without a contribution, and every contribution is greatly appreciated!

Event will provide Automated Live Captioning.

April 2022 Feature: Venus Kii

Image description: A flyer for an event. A washed out brick background and rainbow retro mic are on the flyer. Text reads: “Reclaim UGLY Presents: For Us With Love: An Open Mic Dream Space for Black MaGes. Last Saturday of the month @ 5p PT via Zoom. Learn more and register at Join us for our April 30th open mic featuring: Venus Kii. Reclaim UGLY: Uplift, Glorify, Love Yourself and create a world where others can as well”
About the feature:

Venus Selenite is a poet, writer, performance artist, social critic, editor, educator, and technologist based in Washington, D.C. The author of a poetry collection, trigger, she is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she began her career on the youth slam and spoken word circuits. After working with the National Center for Transgender Equality on the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey, she became devoted to her art and mission full-time. Venus works as the Trans Voices Columnist for Wear Your Voice Magazine, serves on the leadership team of Trans Women of Color Collective, is an editor for Trans Women Writers Collective, and is the Communications Coordinator for The Future Foundation. She has performed and spoken at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Anacostia Playhouse, New York University-DC, American University, the Capturing Fire Queer Poetry Slam, and the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. 

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