In the year since they opened their Poet and/the Bench lifestyle store, jewelry atelier and art gallery on Locust Avenue, Jeffrey Levin and Bonnie Powers have crisply established their space as a hub of creative energy. Their next event certainly fits that mold.

On Dec. 10-11, Poet and/the Bench is hosting therapist, artist and educator Jill Valle‘s “I Am a Woman Who” campaign, which uses photography and confessional writing and seeks to “explore the threads that connect women to other women in the world, no matter what their backgrounds or experiences.” 

In approximately one-hour sessions, women can explore the meaning of the prompt “I am a woman who…” with free-writing and discussion with Valle on participants’ expression of this theme and the threads that connect your writing to that of other women in the world. Valle then crafts a backdrop, which participants can keep after the session, and Valle will take their portrait in front of that backdrop, which Valle calls “your powerful expression of truth.”

“The premise of the project is a celebration of our unique self-expression and examining how we identify ourselves as women, as individuals and as human beings,” Valle says. 

The 411: Jill Valle’s “I Am a Woman Who” campaign hits Poet and/the Bench on Dec. 10-11. A session costs $200, includes a free-writing session, a backdrop and a link to your digital portrait. Book your session. All proceeds after expenses will be donated to organizations that support those with inherited BRCA mutations and breast cancer.

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