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.
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’sMeditation 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.
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.”
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.
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 Women/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.
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.