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Local Author Panel: Writing for the LGBTQ+ Community

Local authors are the backbone of the writing community and those writing within and for the LGBTQ+ community are especially important. Join us for a conversation with Bren Bataclan, Anna Burke, Federico Erebia, Jane C. Esther, and Sarah Jean Horwitz as they discuss their books, their writing, and the impact they have on readers of all ages!

About our authors:

Bren Bataclan (he/him) is a Boston-based artist. He was born in the Philippines and grew up in Daly City/Bay Area, CA. Prior to becoming a full time artist, Bren taught design and computer animation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Boston Museum School. His first book Fe: A Traumatized Son’s Graphic Memoir is a brilliant, sensitive story of a mother and son. ~NPR

Anna Burke (she/her) lives in Massachusetts with her wife, dogs, and too many houseplants. She is the award-winning author of Compass Rose, Thorn, Nottingham, and the Seal Cove Romance series. When not writing, she teaches creative writing at Emerson College, where she received her MFA.

Federico Erebia (he/him) is a retired physician, and an active member of SCBWI, NESCBWI, 12×12PB, and critique groups. His artisanry, woodwork, furniture design, and books have been featured in magazines [including Boston Spirit Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine], newspapers [including The Boston Globe, Boston Home], radio [National Public Radio – Boston NPR], and television [Greater Boston].

Jane C. Esther (they/them) is the author of The Universe Between Us, and The Portal series, including Uninvited and Convergence. In 2018, they were named one of The Advocate‘s Icons, Innovators, and Disruptors. They live north of Boston with their wife and cats on a very small farm.

Sarah Jean Horwitz (she/her) grew up next door to a cemetery and down the street from an abandoned fairy-tale theme park, which probably explains a lot. She is the author of the middle grade steampunk fantasy series CARMER AND GRIT. Her most recent novel for middle grade readers is THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE. She currently lives near Boston. Find her online at sarahjeanhorwitz.com.

 

Please register for this program and you will receive the program link in the confirmation and reminder notices – please check your spam folder for the emails. Contact us at with any questions.

 

This program is in collaboration with a multitude of MA libraries: Lincoln, Needham, Medway, Peabody, Danvers, Somerville, Dedham, Winchester, Sutton, Beverly, Canton, Weston, Belmont, Wayland, Lowell, and Newton.

Art Journaling – Drawing from Life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress.

All you need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

Dates & Topics

May 11: Pen & Ink / Lettering

May 18: Music & Art

May 25: Drawing & Perspective

June 1: Playful Prompts

June 8: Collage & Stenciling & Weaving Paper

June 15: Color Meditations / Patterns

June 22: Conversations with My Self / Raising Vibrations

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have….

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card

collage materials (magazines, photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed (from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels….) (also, Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery , and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/ )

Art Journaling – Drawing from Life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress.

All you need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

Dates & Topics

May 11: Pen & Ink / Lettering

May 18: Music & Art

May 25: Drawing & Perspective

June 1: Playful Prompts

June 8: Collage & Stenciling & Weaving Paper

June 15: Color Meditations / Patterns

June 22: Conversations with My Self / Raising Vibrations

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have….

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card

collage materials (magazines, photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed (from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels….) (also, Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery , and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/ )

Art Journaling – Drawing from Life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress.

All you need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

Dates & Topics

May 11: Pen & Ink / Lettering

May 18: Music & Art

May 25: Drawing & Perspective

June 1: Playful Prompts

June 8: Collage & Stenciling & Weaving Paper

June 15: Color Meditations / Patterns

June 22: Conversations with My Self / Raising Vibrations

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have….

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card

collage materials (magazines, photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed (from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels….) (also, Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery , and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/ )

Rest & Digest: 3 Keys to Better Sleep

Struggling with your sleep?  Digestion out of whack?  After this interactive workshop, you’ll walk away knowing: The common causes of poor sleep and digestion, foods that promote sleep, breathing and relaxation practices for improved digestion and sleep, and movements and stretches that support sleep and gut health. This workshop is for you if you want to sleep better, and/or improve your digestion.  Resolve your restless nights with key strategies to heal the sleep-gut connection!  Everyone is warmly welcome.
Presenter Bio
Alison T. Brill (she/her) is a certified health & wellness coach, MPH, BSW, with over 15 years of public health and mental wellness experience. She provides support and nutrition guidance to people struggling with digestive issues like gas, bloating, fatigue, and food sensitivities. She helps clients find relief, have more energy, and enjoy food again so they can get back to living their best lives. Alison provides a holistic approach to well-being, and a path to physical comfort, balance, and healing. Her work is rooted in health equity, trauma-informed, and body positive. Learn more about Alison and her work here: https://www.alisontbrill.com/

Art Journaling – Drawing from Life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress.

All you need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

Dates & Topics

May 11: Pen & Ink / Lettering

May 18: Music & Art

May 25: Drawing & Perspective

June 1: Playful Prompts

June 8: Collage & Stenciling & Weaving Paper

June 15: Color Meditations / Patterns

June 22: Conversations with My Self / Raising Vibrations

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have….

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card

collage materials (magazines, photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed (from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels….) (also, Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery , and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/ )

Art Journaling – Drawing from Life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress.

All you need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

Dates & Topics

May 11: Pen & Ink / Lettering

May 18: Music & Art

May 25: Drawing & Perspective

June 1: Playful Prompts

June 8: Collage & Stenciling & Weaving Paper

June 15: Color Meditations / Patterns

June 22: Conversations with My Self / Raising Vibrations

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have….

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card

collage materials (magazines, photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed (from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels….) (also, Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery , and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/ )

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