more love

Just in time to help balance commercially-driven, hetero-normative Valentine’s day! I’m so happy to see The Open Photo Project highlighted recently by the BBC.

from the BBC:
“The Open Photo Project aims to reduce stigma about consensual non-monogamous relationships. In one recent study from the US 21% of the study’s participants reported having had some kind of non-monogamous relationship – but that number could be higher, owing to people not willing to share their personal circumstances.”

Here’s the BBC’s brief interview with Erika Kapin about the project.
More love for everyone!

sit

Half-Day Meditation Retreat
with Betsy Fagin & Leslie Joren Wagner

The Interdependence Project
28 West 27th Street, Suite 704 NYC

Sunday February 4,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

I’m super-excited to meet up with Joren today to talk about the sit this weekend. I couldn’t be more grateful & excited about helping guide this retreat together on Sunday.

Let me hype Joren here by sharing her bio:

Leslie Joren Wagner is an artist who has been practicing meditation for 28 years. She took Buddhist precepts in 2009, studying for 16 years in the Soto Zen tradition of Maezumi Roshi. Leslie Joren is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher and has acted as a representative to the Buddhist Council of NY, developing community education and outreach programs such as Meditate NYC and the Buddhist Forum. She received a BFA from Parsons School of Design, receiving a 2017 Hemera Tending Spaces Fellowship. She continues to explore the connection between Art and Dharma, and considers art-making a meditative practice. To that end, she creates workshops which encourage people to blossom and share their own unique wisdom in the world. Leslie Joren is a graduate of the IDP Meditation Teacher Training and is most grateful to all of her teachers.

I can’t wait to sit with this amazing woman! The Interdependence Project has additional details (including info on registration) at their site here. Facebook’s got event details too.

 

desire

There’s a trailer available to view now from the Empire performance that happened last month at TOTAH. It’s still so weird to hear my own voice recorded back, but that’s me talking at the beginning and there’s a clip of Marine reading some of my work later in the video including one of my favorite lines, “I feel safer already.”

I was a bit too skittish to perform much in Empire, but I’m super-excited about part 2, Desire. I am very much looking forward to it.

But for What’s My Axis? part 2: Desire will be happening at the Fridman Gallery as part of the
New Ear Festival 2018
Wednesday February 7th at 8pm. 

FRIDMAN GALLERY is located at
287 Spring St. New York City.
Tickets are available here.

 

Still by Jeanne Krajka from But For What’s My Axis? part 1: Empire

Half-day meditation retreat 2/4/18

Happy New Year!

I’ll be co-leading a half-day meditation retreat Sunday February 4th, 2018 at The Interdependence Project 28 West 27th Street, NYC.

From 9 am – 1 pm we’ll share a silent retreat in the heart of the city, alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. Suitable for both new meditators and long-time practitioners. Join us!

Additional details (including registration & scholarship info) available here: http://theidproject.org/events/2018/02/04/half-day-meditation-retreat

lifting rocks

Is there a better advertisement for the cultivation of mindfulness practices than the latest Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi? Luke’s final showdown!!?! Brilliant.

I haven’t found a clip to share of the part where Rey articulates the truth of interconnection / interdependence and realizes that the Force is about more than just lifting rocks, but if I find it I’ll post it here. It was lovely, and true.

Here in this galaxy, if you have an interest in cultivating your own practices of meditation and mindful awareness, I’m happy to recommend The Interdependence Project’s Meditation Teacher Training program in NYC. They’re accepting applications until January 5, 2018. I’m grateful to have been part of the 2017 cohort and am happy to talk about my experiences in the program if anyone has questions.

How will we build a rebellion? We have everything we need.

love more

I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Erika Kapin, helping out with The Open Photo Project

She says, “This project offers a look at the uniqueness of human relationships and is an invitation to re-examine preconceived notions of successful, sustainable, and healthy romantic love. Together, let us de-stigmatize ethically non-monogamous relationships by building understanding and respect. The aim is for more people to accept that while monogamy is a valid relationship choice, there is a wide spectrum of other equally valid choices that can be as varied as the human experience.”

I’m all about this.

Keep up with The Open Photo Project on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and tumblr.
Videos of interviews are posted on YouTube.

Empire

Kara Rooney

Age of Aquarius focus is on the group. I guess that’s how I’m so lucky to find myself as part of this amazing collaboration happening with artist Kara Rooney, composer Fatrin Krajka, movers Dylan Crossman and Claude ‘CJ’ Johnson, and poets Marine Cornuet and Laura Henriksen.

But for What’s My Axis part 1: Empire

The first performance will be next month at TOTAH gallery in New York City.

More details to follow.

Thinking Its Presence

I’m hyped about Thinking Its Presence even though I can’t be there this year.

THINKING ITS PRESENCE 2017: The Ephemeral Archive 
brings together the discipline and art of pedagogy and the arts in general with perspectives from critical race theory, poetics, performance studies, literary theory, literary history, ethnic literatures, and Native American and Indigenous studies. Our mission is to foster a dynamic exchange among creative writers, artists, performers, and scholars.

 

Everything about it looks awesome. This year it’s happening October 19-21 at The University of Arizona, Poetry Center in Tucson.

Extra-excited that on Friday at 2pm there will be a panel on Letters to the Future: BLACK Writing/Radical WRITING (Kore Press) with a short reading followed by in-depth discussion focusing on the proliferation of black women writing in expansive, experimental, innovative, inquiring, prophetic, and profane forms/un-forms. Conference schedule & details here.