Convo: A-lan Holt, poet / playwright
Today on the podcast we speak with A-Lan Holt- acclaimed poet, playwright and professor. We connect about:
Approaching parenting as a form of self-actualization
The ways to be softened by, instead of hardened by challenges - thinking of parenting as a process of cleaning up the mess, thereby supporting us and our kids
The idea of transforming curses into cures -- that just beyond the pain is something useful
How showing up and just sitting though whatever meets us at that moment is a superpower
The power of chosen, intentional family
Why our stories are worth remembering and worth being present to - the ways in which we can powerfully shape the narrative as storytellers
The relationship of imbalance between men and women in the cultural conversation around parenting
How to take shame away from being in service to ourselves-- also known as the quickest way to dismantle the patriarchy
That growing up has more to do with saying yes to a call that deserves a response
How to let your creativity (and child!) be what it wants in the world
Why it’s not about making “good art”, but about making markings along the way
How we can all strive to make love out of messy situations
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