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2022 Creative Justice Conference

April 9, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT


We invite middle Tennessee LGBT+ teens to join us for our second annual Creative Justice Conference exploring art and activism. The year’s conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm in-person at Nashville Public Library’s Studio NPL AND virtually. This conference will feature a poetry and activism workshop, along with a keynote address by Kai Coggin. This event is FREE and includes free lunch for the first registrants. Register today to save your spot!

11:00 am – 11:30 am – Welcome – Ice Breaker
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Kai’s intro
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch workshop with Kai
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Open mic, DJ, and Chill

Kai Coggin (she/her) is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Mining for Stardust (FlowerSong Press 2021) and INCANDESCENT (Sibling Rivalry Press 2019). She is a queer woman of color who thinks Black Lives Matter, a teaching artist in poetry with the Arkansas Arts Council and Arkansas Learning Through the Arts, and host of the longest running consecutive weekly open mic series in the country—Wednesday Night Poetry. Recently awarded the 2021 Governor’s Arts Award and named “Best Poet in Arkansas” by the Arkansas Times, her fierce and powerful poetry has been nominated four times for The Pushcart Prize, as well as Bettering American Poetry 2015, and Best of the Net 2016, 2018, 2021— selected in 2022. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, Cultural Weekly, SOLSTICE, Bellevue Literary Review, TAB, Entropy, SWWIM, Split This Rock, Sinister Wisdom, Lavender Review, Tupelo Press, West Trestle Review, and elsewhere. Coggin is Associate Editor at The Rise Up Review. She lives with her wife and their two adorable dogs in the valley of a small mountain in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Learn more about the Write with Pride Program.

Door Dash lunch will be provided for the first 20 virtual registrants.


April 9, 2022
11:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT


Nashville Public Library – Studio NPL
615 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37219 United States


Southern Word
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