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Suffolk Celebrates with Pride: Q&A with Local LGBTQIA+ Authors and Artists [IN-PERSON]

You’re invited to bring your questions and learn from local LGBTQIA+ authors, artists, and performers about how they write, issues facing creatives with their background, and how their art helps expand others' world views. For adults. In partnership with Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

This event will be held at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

Some of our featured panelists include:

Shawnon Corprew is a writer, poet, and editor. She released her first poetry chapbook, Where the Color Purple Grows Collection I, in 2018. She's been featured in anthologies, such as 757 Perspectives and The Left Side Poets Present: Strange Fruit. She also volunteers with Anthem's LGBTQ+ business resource group, PRIDE, as the Virginia state chapter lead and editor of the PRIDE monthly newsletter. She also has her own book editing business, Healing Prose. Shawnon enjoys yoga, dancing, and playing video games.



Jay Corprew is a mentor, speaker, poet, and fine artist. He has years of experience teaching oil painting and drawing techniques in mixed media. He's also designed murals, logos/icons, album and book covers, and tattoos. As an LGBTQ+ advocate, he's educated medical facilities, businesses, and other community organizations. Jay also served as a board member for the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia for 3 years. He was recognized as an Outstanding Virginian by Equality Virginia. In his spare time, Jay loves gardening, cycling, and traveling with his wife.



Natalie Harper is an autistic trans woman currently living in Norfolk, Virginia. She has previously published articles with Quell Skate Magazine on trans identity and neurodiversity, and a recent piece in Bigfoot Skate Magazine on the gender binary in professional skate contests. In her free time, Natalie can be found reading or skateboarding.




Stefano Patton: Churning trauma into healing is laborious; still, Patton has made it his mission throughout his creative writing career to doing just that. With a writing career beginning at The Hampton University, Patton became an award-winning author with a spoken word collective, The Left Side Poets. While still a student at the aforementioned university, Patton became the youngest and first university undergraduate to have his work published several times in the International African American Art Journal.



Evan Hannah is an artist and creator. As part of the Contemporary Arts Network (CAN) based out of Hampton Roads and Baltimore, he’ll be working on a multimedia project to go alongside his recent album he performs with his band Evan Hannah and the Light Shift.




Phoenix Lampkin, an enthusiastic wordsmith, is a graduate of the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts; who wants nothing more than to share their passion for creative expression with you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts: 110 Finney Ave, Suffolk

SPL events are free to attend and open to people of all abilities. If you or someone in your party will require accommodations in order to participate, please call 757-514-7323 and ask to speak with the Community Learning Manager. You do not need to be a library member in order to attend.

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