Ariana Brown: Radically Tender

JAN/FEB 2021

Explore the capabilities of tenderness

Starting January 14

  • Thursdays @ 4:00 pm PST
  • Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4

Embracing our own softness can feel impossible in a world which tells us we must develop hardness in order to survive. How can we allow ourselves to find the power in tenderness, in softness? This workshop explores the capabilities of tenderness, focusing on self-care and communal care, through writing exercises and group dialogue. 

Each week, we will read poetry by Black, Indigenous, trans, and queer authors and engage in group discussion with the ideas presented in the texts. Ariana will facilitate group discussion about our relationships with tenderness based on our positions within capitalism and empire. Writing prompts will help participants understand their own tenderness and offer ways to practice it more intentionally in the future (with ourselves and others). There will be plenty of time to discuss, write, and share new work.


  • Weekly 90-minute live writing session and group discussion led by Ariana.
  • Dedicated time to write, share, and offer feedback.
  • Detailed syllabus focusing on Black, Indigenous, trans, and queer authors.
  • Q&A with Ariana about the course sessions and topics.


Ariana Brown is a queer, gender-noncomforming Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, TX. She holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies as well as an M.F.A. in Poetry. Ariana is a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion and the author of Sana Sana, a chapbook with Game Over Books. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for over 10 years. Find her work online at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ArianaThePoet.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Weeks