Join us at Third Place Books Seward Park on Tuesday, September 3 at 7pm for a night of poetry with La Espiritista, author of Butterfly: Una Transformación. The bookstore is on a street-level floor with wide aisles and no stairs to meeting area or to the wheelchair accessible restroom. There are two accessible parking spaces available near the front entrance (permit required). We ask that all attendees help make this a fragrance-free zone by not wearing scented products to the event.
Butterfly: Una Transformación is La Espiritista’s first collection of poetry with illustrations by Nur Shojai. The book is divided into four chapters representing the four phases of metamorphosis. Each phase speaks about a distinct stage in the transformation process.
Releasing old wounds. Renewing loving joy. Retreating into our darkest selves. Rebirthing into a new being. Butterfly: Una Transformacion takes readers through a journey of the natural cycle of life and the gifts that can ultimately arise through death.
La Espiritista (They/Them/Theirs pronouns) is a writer, performance artist, and healer based out of Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish land). They are a co-founder of “Share the Spirit,” a small healing arts business that helps individuals clear limiting beliefs, heal energetic wounds, and open creative channels. They are the author of “Butterfly: Una Transformacion,” a spiritual collection of poetic prayer which speaks about the process of inner transformation through four phases of metamorphosis: release. renewal. retreat. rebirth. Their art is a manifestation of their exploration of queer spirituality.
They were born and raised in New Jersey with a mixed Peruvian and Cuban heritage. From a young age, they had a deep connection to spirit, but also embraced their queerness and gender fluidity. There wasn’t space for them to express their holistic self due to the constraints of most organized faiths. Their experience of religious trauma has led them to a path of healing and integration of the whole being. Through their work, they explore a variety of themes ranging from healing, self-love, sexuality, faith, gender expression, trauma, reclamation.
La Espiritista has performed nationally and internationally in venues such as Seattle Poetry Slam, Nuyorican Poets Café, Highline College, Vancouver B.C. Red Gate’s Art Society, UC Davis, Evergreen State College, Colby College, and more.