An Intimate Evening with Dr. Niama L. Williams
WE (Work Evolution) Labs
235 Broadway, Floor 8
Long Beach, CA 90802
7 - 9 p.m.
Booksigning To Follow
Advance Sales of Event DVD Post Performance
$45.00 Per Person
$10.00 Per Person Students with Identification
$5.00 Per Person with verification of homelessness
Media/Press/Bloggers/Vloggers with press passes FREE with one guest
No one under 15 years of age admitted. We want to protect the innocence of our children; they deserve to hold onto their beliefs and fantasies just a little bit longer.
The multiple sufferings of post-traumatic stress
disorder, major depression, suicidal ideation and a history of suicide attempts
paired with the stressors of abuse, homelessness, poverty and unemployment have
given edge, teeth, and truth to my creative work. I write from deep within the experience of a
survivor of trauma who has both earned degrees and suffered multiple
humiliations in shelters and on the streets. I write with the voice of a survivor
and I tell the many stories of survivors that I came to know during my two
years of homelessness.
California, has proven healing to my psyche and spirit; the determination of
its librarians and social service agencies to help me stabilize solidified my
I could think
of no venue more fitting than WE Labs, a co-work space for “creatives” right in
the heart of downtown Long Beach in which to present "Phoenix Incarnate: An Intimate Evening
with Dr. Niama Williams.”
I will read from three phases of my
creative work: enduring childhood trauma/meeting the doctor; homelessness and
the women I met there; and finally, claiming my gifts, my future, and my life
with no apologies.
I will begin the evening by reading work that describes the
relentless trauma I endured as a child as well as the handsome psychiatrist who
alleviated all of that horror and who continues to haunt and pursue me from
deep within the spiritual realm. The second set of creative pieces will relate
some of the horrors and many of the stories of the strong, vital women who survived
homelessness with me while residing in shelters and transitional housing. I
will end the evening with work signifying a pivotal breakthrough allowing me to
claim my life, my sanity, and my spiritual gifts and leave behind the multiple
diagnoses of mental illness that had scarred my self-perception since age 19.
Completion and recognition as well as
acknowledgement of my rise from homelessness and poverty is the controlling
vision of "Phoenix Incarnate,” and I, as the artist, thank those of you
who support it by continuing to create my vital work and providing a DVD of the
evening once our videographer completes the final edit. Mr. Artie Ray Luna, a creative
entrepreneur from within the WE Labs family, will be video-recording the event
again to all who actively support “Phoenix Incarnate,” and may all of your
dreams come to beautiful fruition!