being love

Being love: an experiential workshop for QTPOC

“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.  –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde

This is the time of year when “love” gets packaged, hyped and sold in stores. Sentimental, old stories that serve the dominant paradigm are dusted off to fill the shelves, media channels and feeds. Narratives that may not look at all like our experiences, like our lives. Ideas that don’t promote our healing and care, or even our existence.

Self-care has long been co-opted and marketed as a product for consumption. Being love is an opportunity to examine what love is on our own terms, in our own bodies and lived experiences. Through a series of guided meditations, writing exercises and discussion, we will explore love and self-compassion some of the roots of presence, resilience and equanimity.

Why? To honor ourselves, our own experiences and to re-center narratives on our own truths. Audre Lorde and Dr. King spell it out: we examine and honor our own experiences as a means of self-preservation and as a source of political warfare against violent, oppressive systems. To serve the cause of the love that liberates and fosters justice, not the one sold in stores.

Join us at metaDen Sunday February 10th 4-6pm. 52 Tompkins Avenue Brooklyn, NY. $10-20 suggested donation.

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January readings

Reaching the Cliffs of Moher was a visceral experience of the end of the line, the edge of the world. Beautiful and terrifying. This photo does no justice to the drama of the experience, but it illustrates an end.

Ending one year, beginning the next, I’ll be starting my 2019 by reading at the Poetry Project’s 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading.

This year’s lineup includes: Andrea Abi-Karam, Ammiel Alcalay, Ashna Ali, Justin Allen, Julie Alsop, Jonathan Aprea, Penny Arcade, Ed Askew Band, Daisy Atterbury, James Barickman, J. Mae Barizo, Peter BD, Jim Behrle, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Fabrienne Bottero, Michael Broder, Lee Ann Brown & Janice Lowe, Marie Buck, Phong Bui, Steve Cannon, Wo Chan, Yoshiko Chuma with Dane Terry, Lauren Clark, Todd Colby, John Coletti, CA Conrad, Lydia Cortes, Brenda Coultas, Alex Cuff, Matty D’Angelo, Kyle Dacuyan, Jordan Davis, Ted Dodson, r erica doyle, Ry Dunn, Anaïs Duplan, Marcella Durand, Steve Earle, Mel Elberg, Betsy Fagin, Will Farris, Farnoosh Fathi, Avram Fefer, Camonghne Felix, Jack Ferver, Jennifer Firestone, Jen Fisher, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Dorothy Friedman August, Kay Gabriel, John Godfrey, Suzanne Goldenberg, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Phoebe Greer & Arthur Cañedo, Diana Hamilton, Odetta Hartman, David Henderson, Barbara Henning, Laura Henriksen, Erika Hodges, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Cori Hutchinson, Omotara James, Rachel James, Paolo Javier, Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte, Millie Kapp & Matt Shalzi, Vincent Katz, erica kaufman, Amy King, Anna Kreienberg, M Lamar, Yaz Lancaster, Sue Landers, Denizé Lauture, Paul Legault, Rachel Levitsky, Matt Longabucco, Brendan Lorber, Jimena Lucero, Filip Marinovich, Erin Markey, Douglas A. Martin, Eline Marx with Devin Brahja Waldman as teknikal issues, Greg Masters, Andriniki Mattis, Jillian McManemin, Yvonne Meier, Carley Moore, Tracie Morris, Dave Morse, Stephen Motika, Gala Mukomolova, Sahar Muradi, Uche Nduka, Peter Neeley, Precious Okoyomon, Edgar Oliver, Laura Ortman, Nicky Paraiso, Trace Peterson, Matt Proctor & Sarah Safaie, Lorelei Ramirez, El Roy Red, Batya Rosenblum, Bob Rosenthal, Douglas Rothschild, Judah Rubin, John Rufo, George Emilio Sanchez, Tina Satter, Tom Savage, Simon Schuchat, Purvi Shah, Frank Sherlock, Jayson Smith, Sean D. Henry Smith, Pamela Sneed, Patricia Spears Jones, Tammy Faye Starlite, Max Steele, Jim Stewart, Sara Jane Stoner, Bridget Talone, Susie Timmons, Edwin Torres, Tony Towle, Cat Tyc, Aldrin Valdez, Cecilia Vicuna, Anna Vitale, Morgan Vo, Asiya Wadud, Anne Waldman with Fast Speaking Music, Nicole Wallace, Lewis Warsh, Jacqueline Waters, Rachael Wilson, Chavisa Woods, Matvei Yankelevich, John Yau, The Double Yews , Don Yorty, Spoke and Feather, Sparrow / Foamola, The Blow, and St. Mark’s Choir.

Support poetry on New Year’s Day from 2pm on at The Poetry Project 131 E. 10th St, NYC $20 tickets available at  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3906011, $25 at the door.

On January 11th, Laura Henriksen & I will be kicking off the first THERETHEN reading at 7pm at The Footlight 465 Seneca Avenue Brooklyn, NY.

Organized by Dustin Williamson, THERETHEN is an occasional chapbook reading series. Handmade, letterpress chapbooks of work by the readers will be on offer– only available at the reading.

All the best to everyone in 2019. May there be peace. May there be peace.
May there be love, justice and peace for all beings.

Brooklyn Rail reading 12/12/18

I’m looking forward to reading on Wednesday to celebrate Brooklyn Rail‘s Double Issue Release with Andrei Codrescu, Diana Hamilton, Joey De Jesus, John Coletti, Chia-Lun Chang and Anselm Berrigan who pulled the reading together.

Food! Drink! Poetry! Music!
Celebrate with us at Brooklyn Rail:
253 36th St. 3rd. Floor #C304 Brooklyn, NY.
Doors: 6:30 Reading: 7:00
Tickets are free, RSVP requested.

The Sanctuary Caravan

The New Sanctuary Coalition is offering intensive trainings tomorrow, December 1, both in person in New York City and via livestream to support the Sanctuary Caravan.

From the Sanctuary Caravan,
“We regard this Exodus and the Caravan we are building to meet the Exodus as an act of nonviolent resistance against morally abhorrent laws which infringe upon the rights of human beings to better the lives of their children and families.

We believe the imprisonment, deportation and mistreatment of people, because of where they were born, to be the greatest moral crisis of our time.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence of Mexican and U.S. authorities waged and threatened against this movement of people engaged in self-liberation.

The violence they are fleeing has been inherited from U.S. imperialism, and the political pressure the U.S. places upon Mexico to treat the Exodus with violence constitutes colonialism.

Restrictions on migration have ruined and ended too many lives.

Borders are used as weapons of mass destruction. Their brutality escalates, not only because brutal force control the law, but because not enough good people resist them.”

Join us, even if you’re not able to travel to the border.  For details and to RSVP, visit: https://www.sanctuarycaravan.org/upcoming_events.

shining a light

IMPEACH HIM, April 2018 action

Wonderful to see coverage of The Illuminator in The New Yorker today.

Paige Williams penned a brief account of recent Illuminator activities, “Guerilla Artists Protest Brett Kavanaugh With Light” in the October 15, 2018 issue.

I’m no longer an active member of the collective, but I’ve got a lot of love in my heart for the project. The new website looks fantastic!

What’s better for darkness than shining a light?

POC healing circle 9/21

Please join members of the NYC POC Healing Circle for an opportunity to share meditation, mindful movement and compassion practices in community.

Ashleigh, Maui & I will be there sharing from our practices.

Join us on Friday September 21st from 7-9 pm at Shambhala Meditation Center located at 118 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor, New York City.

Suggested donation $5-10, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing

Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing, edited by Erica Hunt and Dawn Lundy Martin is available this week from Kore Press.

I’m honored to have work included in this amazing anthology.

From the Publishers Weekly starred review,
“Hunt (Arcade) and Martin (Good Stock Strange Blood) treat the intersection of blackness and womanhood with deserved complexity and curiosity in this exceptional anthology, which operates like a master class in the variety and virtuosity of black women’s art.”

* * Excited to see that one of my poems from the anthology is online at Shondaland.* *

instinct for cooperation

I’m so excited to see the library immortalized in The Instinct for Cooperation: A graphic novel conversation with Noam Chomsky & Jeffrey Wilson, just out from Seven Stories Press. Illustrated by Eliseu Gouveia.

Jamie & Zachary are featured in one of the chapters about the library – they were heroes to me before, but now, illustrated, even more so!

“Incidentally the power structures were very worried about the library.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

half-day meditation retreat 5/6/18

Leslie Joren Wagner & I will be co-leading a Half-day Meditation Retreat at The Interdependence Project on Sunday May 6th from 9 am – 1 pm.

Designed for new meditators, people who want to sit for a longer period of time without attending a full retreat, and more experienced meditators who want an opportunity to cultivate their practice, the day will alternate between periods of sitting and walking meditation. All are welcome.

The Interdependence Project is located at 28 W. 27th Street, Suite 704, New York City.
The venue is accessible by elevator, but the bathrooms are not accessible by wheelchair.

Details and registration available here: http://theidproject.org/events/2018/05/06/half-day-meditation-retreat