Too often creatives are told to do what they love. They're told that if you are truly passionate about your craft, you'll devote all of your time to reaching your end goal. Life doesn’t care about that. Life requires money, health insurance, rent, and more. In this session, we will try to strike a balance between what you have to do and what you want to do. We’ll work to assuage the guilt that comes from feeling as if you aren’t doing enough, getting far enough, or actively living the “writer’s” life.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is the author of The Incredible Shrinking Woman (Split/Lip Press) and No God in This Room (Argus House Press). Her work also appears in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books) and in various publications including GAY Magazine and Narratively.