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, 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.
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 onLetters 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, innovate, inquiring, prophetic, and profane forms/un-forms. Conference schedule & details here.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Reviews: Abraham Adams on Lewis Freedman, Alex Braslavsky on Anne Waldman, Marissa Perei on Petra Kuppers, Saretta Morgan on Renee Gladman, Laura Henriksen on Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Alexandra Mattraw on Susanne Dyckman
2017 means my gig as editor for the Poetry Project Newsletter is almost up. I’m really pleased with all the issues that have managed to come together while I’ve been holding the reins. Poetry Project Newsletter #248 is now available online here. Issue #248 features: