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Town Hall Seattle: Arts & Culture Series

Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Nov 5, 2019

The Deep End Friends podcast is an exploration of liberation, healing, hope, joy, and wholeness. What does it mean to be free? What are people of color doing to heal themselves and the world? Hear from incredible people from all walks of life about their journeys, what they are doing to thrive and how they are contribution to broader movements of empowerment and liberation.

Co-hosts Reagan Jackson and Anastacia-Renee took Town Hall’s stage to record a live episode of Deep End Friends featuring an in-depth interview with author and activist Virgie Tovar. They discussed Tovar’s work as a leading lecturer on body image and a fighter against fat discrimination. Listen in for a live episode of Deep End Friends—hear these powerhouse activists explore advice for women who are ready to break up with diet culture.

Reagan Jackson is a writer, artist, international educator, prayer practitioner, and seeker of truth. She is currently a Program Manager for Young Women Empowered and a columnist for the Seattle Globalist. She is an award-winning journalist who contributes regularly to the Seattle Globalist and South Seattle Emerald. Her self-published works include two children’s books, Coco LaSwish: A Fish from a Different Rainbow and Coco LaSwish: When Rainbows Go Blue, and three collections of poetry God, Hair, Love, and AmericaLove and Guatemala, and Summoning Unicorns.

Anastacia-Renee is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017-2019, and the 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of five books: Forget It, (v.), 26, Kiss Me Doll Face, and Answer(Me).

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign. She is a contributor for Forbes and pens a weekly column called Take the Cake on

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Recorded live in The Forum on September 9, 2019.