sanctuary

I’m very excited to be leading a workshop as part of The Millay Colony’s Sanctuary Series in June.

DISENTANGLING– Disaster Has Come from the Outside. Don’t Give Up Hope.
June 3, 1 – 4 pm  at The Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

How do we stay grounded and reduce anxiety in the face of overwhelm? Join us as we disentangle ourselves from disorder and gain the capacity to welcome the unexpected. Through guided meditations and writing exercises we will explore the present moment in order to gain focus and effectiveness. We will develop (resistance) strategies of self-care and cultivate awareness of our interdependence using writing as our vehicle. We will explore the nexus between acceptance and resistance, complacency and direct action: the places where opposing impulses connect, investigating ways to successfully integrate these forces through our writing and in our bodies.

The Sanctuary Series of workshops brings together artists, healers and educators in collaborative sessions that ask participants to creatively imagine desired cultural and community outcomes as well as their role within those outcomes. Held in New York City, Hudson and other locations, these are 2-3 hour workshops centered on writing or visual art-making.

To Apply: Send a letter of introduction including a brief biography with a $25 deposit. Send materials requested to Caroline Crumpacker at director@millaycolony.org. Send deposit via PayPal using our DONATE Button. Or hard copy can go to The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. 

Fee: Each workshop in The Sanctuary Series costs $60 or $125 for all three. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 15% discount.

Further details available here: http://www.millaycolony.org/betsy-fagin-workshop/

Resilience is human nature

The February/March 2017 issue of The Poetry Project Newsletter is online now.

 Issue #250 includes:

a seedbed

Looks like The New Yorker noticed & attended the recent Propaganda Party at Interference Archive.

“Over the weekend, an organization in Brooklyn called the Interference Archive gave away about five thousand stickers, three thousand printed posters, a thousand buttons, and almost two gallons of red and black paint…”

Here is an account from Colin Moynihan, “A Seedbed of New Images to Protest Trump.” Missing from the article though is the fact that there are lots more beautiful, inspiring images like the ones from the party available for download, printing and distribution at JustSeeds where you can also support the artists if you are able. 

set your life on fire

ecstatic

If you’re feeling small, I’m here to remind you of what the great poet Rumi said, you are the universe in ecstatic motion. You don’t have to take my word for it, but if you’re feeling a bit disoriented and need some pointers, I’m offering my services as astrological counsel as part of Belladonna’s annual auction.

If you’ve got an accurate birth time, and location, I’m happy to read your chart for you. The natal chart is a beautiful metaphor and map of potentials for your life. Let’s have a look and see what it says. More details here: http://www.belladonnaseries.org/auction/?ult_auc_id=2070.

And even if astrology’s not your thing, please check out Belladonna’s auction, there are hundreds of fantastic items: books, artwork, memberships, experiences, wonderful gift ideas. All proceeds support Belladonna’s important work. Since the election, Belladonna has begun to discuss how we can use our resources toward sanctuary and continue our independent, feminist work of amplifying radical and non-normative voices so seldom represented in the mainstream culture. You can help.

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

― Rumi

#PopJustice

just#PopJustice: Social Justice and the Promise of Pop Culture Strategies

I’m pleased to have been able to work with Liz Manne recently to contribute on the #PopJustice reports.

Intended for funders, advocates, and entertainment industry professionals interested in the promise and potential of popular culture as an agent of change, the reports are now available for download at http://www.lizmanne.com/popjustice.

The Illuminator

Maybe it’s all the retrograde planets now making me remember old times. Or maybe the fact that Mark Read appeared to me in a dream, messing around with machines and wires. Whatever the reason, the Illuminator‘s early days have been on my mind & looking at this site I realized I never posted much about it.

Here’s a video of the first night we drove into Manhattan to Zuccotti Park fully expecting to get arrested. We had a lawyer with us on board, just in case, Lopi steering the ship, Danny & I repping the library, Brandon on documentation & Mark. Apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone else who was with us in the van, seems so long ago already.


N17 blew people’s minds. The light then really made me know that the city is ours, the streets are ours. “You are a part of a global uprising… Another world is possible.” It’s been almost five years, is there still any doubt? I’m so deeply grateful to have been part of this & share the video below for those who weren’t there.

other Illuminator/N17 coverage:
AlterNetBeautiful Trouble | Boing Boing | CNNThe Guardian | The New York Times |

let the sun shine

bzfd

SUNSHINE FOR GARNER GRAND JURY

Support the release of the Eric Garner grand jury proceedings!

The struggle for justice for Eric Garner continues. A Staten Island grand jury failed to indict anyone for Garner’s death, now millions of people want to know: What’s in those grand jury proceedings? So far, almost no information about how the grand jury did its job has been made public.

What are they hiding? In another case of national importance – Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri – just about everything has been released.

The Legal Aid Society, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, and the New York Civil Liberties Union are all working hard to let in the sunshine.

Even the conservative New York Post, in a strong editorial, has called for release and the paper is also sending its lawyers to court.

Today we packed the court to let the judge know that We The People want those records!

The next hearing is scheduled for January 29, 2015.

more info:
RT | Jan. 6, 2015
New York judge might release Eric Garner grand jury transcripts, by Rebecca Myles

New York Times | Jan. 5, 2015
Judge Sets Date to Consider Release of Eric Garner Grand Jury Records, by Nate Schweber

The Guardian | Jan. 5. 2015
Judge agrees to hear arguments over release of Garner grand jury records, by Lauren Gambino

NY1 News | Jan. 5, 2015 7:53 PM | Dean Meminger
Advocacy Groups Appear Before Judge Over Making Details Public in Eric Garner Grand Jury Case [VIDEO]

National Lawyers Guild NYC News | Winter 2014
Garner Grand Jury Decision: Some Legal Considerations, by Martin Stolar 

New York Post | Dec. 19, 2014
EDITORIAL:  Let it all hang out, by Post Editorial Board

New York Daily News | Dec. 12, 2014
Eric Garner grand jury evidence could still be released: Public Advocate Letitia James

Belladonna* Benefit

bellauctionThroughout December, support the work of Belladonna* by taking part in the Online Auction. There are loads of great items. (I would happily accept a gifted IFC membership, btw.)

The Belladonna* Collective organizes events and conversations around feminist writing, hosts readings, and supports radical diversity in the poetry community. They’re also bringing out my book soon.

There aren’t that many feminist avant-garde collectives around these days.
Please help support the work if you can. More about Belladonna* here.