"Healing Relationships to Heal Yourself" | Saturday, January 16 | 2:15pm-2:45pm CST
Antoinette Cooper is a poet, professor and TEDx speaker (Death by Chocolate Cyst: What If My Illness Had a Voice). She is also the founder of Black Exhale, a decolonized space to provide refuge and witness for the full humanity of Black folk, in order to release collective trauma and reconstruct what it means to be free. No matter what form her work takes, she is an abolitionist and is always concerned with wellness, activism and transformation.
In her poetry, she looks at how and where trauma sits on our bodies, particularly the Black female body, and how we can find safety for ourselves corporeally. Through the creative, she performs similar functions to that as medicine in that her work seeks to diagnose the many factors that contribute to illness. She teaches writing as Columbia University, and Narrative Medicine at CUNY School of Medicine. She has led writing workshops from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to Rikers Island Correctional Facility. She has also led Narrative Medicine workshops for residents of Emergency Medicine that served on the pandemic frontlines at St. Barnabas Hospital, to contributors of Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal.
Antoinette was born on the island of Jamaica and raised on the island of New York. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.