As the adage goes, “Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (or some variation on that general theme). L.A.’s LGBTQ citizens of a certain age are not only reflecting on their earlier lives and the sometimes unpleasant experiences they’ve survived, but they’re celebrating their past with art. During a a poetry workshop he conducted in April, poet-artist Steven Reigns helped seniors transform their richest and most personal stories into poems and sketches to provide a bridge from the imagination to paper.

“I not only think that GLBT senior stories are important, I think they are the most important,” Reigns says about the project.

A documentary about the workshop titled My Life is Poetry and directed by Dean Littner, will premiere Sept. 20 at L.A.’s Renberg Theatre. Watch the trailer below.

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