Film/Reading Project

With the Women’s March and start of the national #MeToo movement in 2017, women are increasingly finding their voices as survivors, activists and advocates. This project uses poetry to help women — both Cornell students and Ithaca community members — to identify and write about trauma, survival and joy. Professor Van Clief-Stefanon and community partner/filmmaker Sue Perlgut are documenting participants in this workshop, filming their creative output and interviewing participants in order to create a multimedia presentation to be screened at Cornell and in downtown Ithaca.

Important links:

Feminist Directions Conference, Cornell University March 15/16

Poets At the End of the World


Watch our intro to the project!

Just Announced! Other Powers will be on screen on March 12 and 13

7 PM at Cinemapolis, 120 East Green Street, Ithaca NY!

Tickets available at the door or online here.

More information:

  Visit the Other Powers Facebook page.

Follow us on Instagram:@otherpowers

The Workshops

In September 2018, We conducted two workshops led by poet and professor Lyrae VanClief-Stefanon to document how women reclaimed joy through creative arts. The workshops involved 16 women with distinct backgrounds, stories and identities, including Cornell students and Ithaca community members.

In the workshops, participants were encouraged to voice their experience through poems, videos, spoken words and drawings. We are more than grateful to witness the birth of so many powerful creative works throughout the projects.

After the workshops were finished, we had some in-depth interviews with the participants to go deeper into their experiences as well as their relationship with creative arts.

You will be able to hear some of the most inspiring quotes from these amazing women at our screening, on March 12-13 at Cinemapolis.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

And thank you to all the women who participated!

Partially supported by grants from: The City Federation of Women’s Organizations,  An Engaged Opportunity Grant from the Office of Engagement Initiatives, and with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership.