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Lit Fest Summer Sessions: Making Zines With Plants

  • temporary storage 119 Ingraham Street Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)


This workshop will introduce the idea of plants as co-creators. We will introduce participants to a few different seasonal herbs and their uses and histories. We will ask participants to interact directly with the herbs using all five senses and then do some writing to create a short zine. We hope people will come away from the workshop with a new way to interact both with the plants around them and with writing. We'll we working with the lore and sensual delight of Rose as a creative collaborator to make mini-zines. We hope you'll join us at this weekend's zine fest (6/8) and workshop (6/9).


Ballast Botanicals features the work of Nicole Acosta Nemergut. Nicole is an artist and educator based in New York with roots in Puerto Rico and Europe. Her work is inspired by the concept of ballast flora. When ships would arrive in a port without cargo or people they would fill the ballast with dirt from the places they sailed from to balance the ship. Upon arriving the ballast would be emptied, unloading soil and seeds from across the world and altering the landscape and environment. When records were hidden and destroyed, or there were none to begin with, the soil continues to hold those stories.

sára is the vision holder of earth seed holistic. she is an indigenous SWANA/Pinxy non-binary femme Muslima dyke descended from nomadic dreamweavers, kitchen witches, tricksters, and storytellers. She honors those who came before and those who gather with her in circle through a life's work in plant medicine, healing, pleasure activism, magic, writing, and nurturing the creative spirit in herself and others. As a poet, storyteller, cultural organizer, and healing artist, she is committed to uplifting radical tenderness, (re)membering embodied knowledge, uplifting the erotic, and building collective liberation.

As part of our mission to bridge our community with new means of storytelling, The Lit Exhibit, in partnership with over a dozen collectives and facilitators, presents SUMMER SESSIONS. These are a series of workshops centered around: zines, writing, rituals, and fostering connections (both within/without).

All events are held within the gallery space, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. HOWEVER! We do strongly advise all guests offer a suggested donation amount, which compensates the instructors for their time in organizing and hosting each workshop.

Earlier Event: June 8
Lit Exhibit Zine Fest