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.

tell people they can fucking win

I saw a video online of Ed Sanders, Jack Kerouac and Lewis Yablonsky discussing the political moment happening in 1968 with William F. Buckley on Firing Line and I asked Ed Sanders if he still stands by the visions of love & light that he talked about in that interview. I really hoped he would say that even in the dire circumstances we find ourselves in now he still believes. His gracious response is included in issue #251.

Now available online, issue #251 was my last one as editor for the Project Newsletter.

Contents include a memorial for Ray DiPalma with some of his work and investigations into our current political moment, TELL PEOPLE THEY CAN FUCKING WIN, curated by Jen Hofer.

Art from Anastasio Wrobel and Hilary Mushkin and, of course, reviews: Velina Manolova on Christine Shan Shan Hou, Edmund Berrigan on Micah Ballard, Rijard Bergeron on Jared Stanley, Julia Johanne Tolo on Jennifer Firestone, Lara Mimosa Montes on Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

I hear the latest issue #252, put together by Marwa Helal, is just back from the printer and should be dropping soon. I’m so excited to see it.

The Firing Line episode with Ed Sanders is available here.

reading at Philalalia

I’m super-excited to go to Philadelphia later this month for PHILALALIA, Philly’s small press / handmade poetry and book arts festival.

PHILALALIA is a FREE three-day celebration that brings together poets, printmakers, book artists, paper-makers, comics poetry artists, publishers, & arts enthusiasts to showcase, perform, & sell their work. It’s taking place September 14-16, 2017 at Tyler School of Art & Temple Contemporary Gallery, 2001 N. 13th St., Philadelphia.

I’ll be reading at noon on Friday September 15th.
Full schedule here: https://philalalia.com/schedule-2/