A Cataclysm of Reckonings

Artist: © Angela Dallas

I am a black woman, a mother, an incarnation, a testament of those gone before me. I am an oracle for my daughters’ daughters’ daughters; my sons’ son’s sons. 

My black round body, my touch, my scent, my ever whitening hair, my breath, my voice, my listening and speaking, my hearing and brazen deafness, my giving and receiving, my loving and loving failures, my forgiveness and failures to forgive, my chronicling of these times is my  insistence, my persistence, my resistance, my open rebellion to live and love and  create in the face of  the universal threat of my annihilation in the U. S. and beyond.

When I am living a life of action, consciously and conscientiously, in the face of that threat, I am new spun and carded wool threads that have been twisted, braided and fashioned into mooring ropes for over four centuries of enslavement, captivity, torture, dismemberment, death, and terrorized into crippling servitude and silence. These ropes are thickened with each passing rescue and healing and honoring and hope laden use. These ropes are passed from generation to generation as are lynching ropes. With them we catch, haul up, save, heal, teach, bury the dead honorably and respectfully, and guide us along the constant roads, plains, rivers, mountains, and seas of our sacred humanity, obligation, and promise to hang moons, fling the stars, and save worlds.

I am a cataclysm of reckonings for the incalculable inhumanity, depravity, exploitation, occupation, enslavement and slaughter of Indigenous, and African peoples and lands. 

My daughters, my granddaughters, my great granddaughters, my sons, my grandsons, my great grandsons, blood kin and chosen kin, named and unnamed, known and unknown are the unsuspected sparks in cold ash ignited in the threads of four centuries of deferred freedoms and promise. 

Andrea R. Canaan

© 5.19.202

The Risk to Bloom

“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight as a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.”

–Anais Nin

How do I re–choose myself, my young self, loved, protected and valued; my belonging and grand promise secured in my mothers’, my fathers’, my extended families’, tender caresses and the light in their adoring eyes?  How can I forgive them enough that they failed and men of the cloth, and their wives and mistresses, betrayed me, all of us, and we, unwillingly, betrayed ourselves and each other?

Am I willing to invite that child, that me, that joy–filled–delightful–curious–trusting girl out, now that all danger has been allowed to pass, after being hidden so securely, so deeply, for so long? 

Will I invite that sweet–gleeful–innocent girl to rejoin me after six decades of hiding, waiting, questing, remembering, confronting, revealing, confessing, testifying and challenging–challenging the harm grown inward to silence and crippling?

Will I invite her to live unhidden, unrepressed, uninhibited, unafraid and unsilenced and healed around the injured places among those of us who harbor and nurture our once hidden, repressed,  inhibited,  afraid and silenced and injured selves to full delight?

Together, will we welcome me, her, us? Will we hold her in belonging? Will we sleep, wake, pray, bathe, cook, eat, drink, dance, sing, drum, love in the joys of all of our journeyings, our comings and goings, and all of our returns?

Will we celebrate that me, that we, that us for saving my life, our lives?

Andrea R.Canaan  5.2021

A Writer’s Life 2021 Offerings

I. Individual Consultation

With emphasis on individual, group and creative wellness, A Writer’s Life provides a structure and support for a consistent writing practice that includes writing, reading, revising, workshopping, building and maintaining writer’s community and partnerships, and publishing and promoting the creative work produced

Monday & Tuesday-Thursday & Friday

Fee: $35-85.00 per session  Pay Here with PayPal OR www.venmo.com/Andrea-Canaan-1

Monetary remuneration reflects the value of the services received and delivered, and the commitment to our writing practices, and tending our writing to its full purpose in the worldPlease contact me with all payment issues.

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

II.

Writers Group

Every Wednesday

1:00-2:30 pm PST- 4:00-5:30 pm EST

“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight as a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.”

–      Anais Nin

Fees: Sliding Scale $15-$25

Monetary remuneration reflects the value of the services received and delivered, and the commitment to our writing practices, and tending our writing to its full purpose in the world. Please contact me with all payment thoughts and questions. 

Pay Here with PayPal OR www.venmo.com/Andrea-Canaan-1

Call-Text OR Email Andrea for Link

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

III.

Expanded Writing Group

2nd & 4th Thursdays    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Writers with Longer Creative Writing Projects

“I’m a believer in the power of knowledge and the ferocity of beauty, so from my point of view, your life is already artful—waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.” 

  • Toni Morrison

Sliding Scale: $15-25.00  Pay Here with PayPal OR www.venmo.com/Andrea-Canaan-1

Monetary remuneration reflects the values of the services delivered and received, assures that the teaching, guidance and support received is sustainable for me, and the insistence that your writing blooms into its full purpose in the worldPlease contact me with all payment thoughts and questions

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

415.515.5943  

IV.

Women of Color Writing Group

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm PST – 4:00 pm-6 pm EST

Indigenous, African, American Women of Color, Asian, Immigrant, documented and undocumented, Latin, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Islander, All Women of Color are welcome. 

Preserving Women’s wellness and creative space for writers to share creative process, to build and sustain Women of Color writing community, and to share and teach coping and liberating strategies to conquer sexism, racism, ableism, colorism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other systems of structural oppression while living liberating and joyful lives.

 This group is a closed group. Open to women of color by invitation only.

Writing Group: $15-25 per group.   Pay Here with PayPal OR www.venmo.com/Andrea-Canaan-1

Monetary remuneration reflects the values of the services delivered and received, assures that the teaching, guidance and support received is sustainable for me, and the insistence that your writing blooms into its full purpose in the world. Please contact me with all payment thoughts and questions

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

V.

Bumble Bee Butt Your Book??!!

June 6, 2021 at Noon PST  3:00-4:30 EST 

What?!! Share a book that has touched you, changed you, other people must read!

Why?! Because it’s Ridiculous & Fun &Free & About Books & You get a Prize!!!!

When? June 6, 2021 at Noon PST  3:00-4:30 EST 

Where? At Verve:1231 Courtland Ave. S.F, Ca. 94110 & On ZOOM

Only 12 In Person Spaces Available. More spaces available virtually.

Call or Text or Email to Reserve your Place.

No Fee

Prizes will be mailed to those who cannot Bumblebee Butt in person.

Questions? I’ve Got Some Answers.

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

VI.

Women Writing in Concert

Saturday, August 7, 2021   10:00-11:30 am PST-1:00-2:30

Women writers will join to create a collaborative writing work of art.

Verve Wellness Center At Verve:1231 Courtland Ave. S.F, Ca. 94110

& On Zoom

Only 12 On Person Spaces Available. More spaces available virtually.

Call or Text or Email to Reserve your Place.

No Fee

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

VII.

Summer Reading 

Thursday, July 22, 2021   4:00-5:30 pm PST- 7:00-6:30 EST

On Zoom

No Fee

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MF

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

VIII.

Mini Writing Camp

Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th, 2021.10 am- 4 pm PST

At Verve Wellness Studio

1231 Courtland Avenue, San Francisco, California 94110

Genres: Poetry, Nonfiction (shorter–longer) Historical, Science & Speculative Fiction.

Writing Projects: Shorter and Longer 

Register early with a deposit of $100.00 

Fees: Sliding Scale $175.00-$225.00 

Maxim Capacity: 12  Pay Here with PayPal OR Venmo

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com

415-515-5943

https://andreacanaan.blog/

IX.

Indigenous, Black, Latina, Asian, All Women of Color  

Writer’s Camp in Windsor, California

October 28, 29, 30, 31, 2021

Genres: Poetry, Nonfiction (shorter–longer) Historical, Science & Speculative Fiction, 

Journal writing, Letters, Milestone Writing, Travel Writing, Letters to the Editor, Love Letters,  

Break Up Letters, Marriage Vows, Obituaries, Prayers, Songs, etc. 

Writing Projects: Shorter and Longer 

Fees: Sliding Scale $400-550. Do not allow money to stop you from attending. 

Give me a call. Let’s work it out.

Maximum Number of Participants: 12  

Register early with a deposit of $100.00 into: Pay Here with PayPal OR Venmo

A Writer’s Life

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

andreacanaan@gmail.com    

https://andreacanaan.blog/

415.515.5943