Beth Lisick (Berkeley) collaborating with Creativity Explored (San Francisco)
Award: $39,600 Literary Arts Grant awarded in 2011
Published and presented: Zines and public readings in February, July, and October 2013
Writer Beth Lisick collaborated with Creativity Explored to write short published works imparting advice given by Creativity Explored’s artists. Creativity Explored annually serves over 130 studio artists with developmental disabilities. For six months, Lisick spent time observing and conversing with them in the Creative Explored studios and on community outings. The project culminated with publication of ten “Tell You What” ‘zines written by Lisick, with advice and images provided by 42 Creativity Explored artists. Subjects covered include romance, fashion, patience, home, and friendship.
Beth Lisick is a writer, poet, performance artist, and author of four books. Her spoken word performances have been featured at Lollapoalooza and South by Southwest Music Festival. She co-founded the Porchlight Storytelling Series of spoken word performances in 2002 and still co-organizes the show. She’s also toured widely with the all-girl spoken word ensemble Sister Spit.