Looking forward to spending time this month reading books I haven't gotten around to this year, especially wonderful new books I bought/hoarded at AWP in Portland. It's a great way to explore new work by poets of color and to think about the ways we can speak from our own truth rather than the standards that help us no longer, in life and in poetics. I did it last year and loved it so much and am lucky I have the time to do it. Thanks Ms. Sealey. You can follow people doing this challenge on Instagram at #thesealeychallenge and read some great recommendations here.
On a side note, I did update the blogger template for this blog for fun. It reminds me of the late eighties and orange-y lipstick, old houses in Louisville, oilcloth. I'm closing up the older pages for now and will repost them here or they'll appear on a new blog.
Tomorrow I'm heading to DC for the Asian-American Poetry Festival in DC, sure to be incredible and powerful. It'll be good to see artistic…
I enjoyed a month residency at Somos Artist House in Berlin. I enjoyed being around multidiciplinary visual artists, living with and exchanging ideas with them. When I was leaving for the residency I had planned to draft two short stories which I did, but it felt more like a time to think over my practices as an artist, the worth of political art and art in general, and ask myself what would I do if I were not a writer? Marcia Vaitsman and I had a great time thinking about games, labor, women and group dynamics around handicraft given my experience with teaching Quilts and her interest in interactive and game oriented exhibitions. I also was so lucky to witness the performative art of Alison Matthews who performed a dazzling one woman cabaret that incorporated ideas from John Berger, Twin Peaks, and her own life. Not to be missed!
The dreamy art of Dongyan Chen amazed me with its interrogation of how we know when we are awake and when we a…
It means a lot to me that Ian Davisson and Ryan Eckes, the Philly poets behind Radiator Press have brought Futureless Languages into the world. I'm focusing my readings this spring in the Philly and South Jersey area. I'm glad to set something up in the fall as well at your school or via Skype farther afield.
Friday January 25th
with Marion Bell, Radiator Press launch
Frank O'Hara's Last Lover series
run by Jason Mitchell
Morning Glory Diner, 7PM
Saturday February 16th
with Alina Pleskova and Berry Grass
A Novel Idea on Passyunk, 7PM
Wednesday March 20th, with the best open mic around
World Above Reading Series
run by Emari DiGiorgio
Noyes Arts Garage, 7PM
Atlantic City, NJ
Tuesday April 2nd
with Ryan Eckes and Ian Davisson
Poet and Student Series
run by Maya Pindyck and Nicole Steinberg
Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, 6PM
Saturday April 6th with *the* Emily August
Big Blue Marble Reading Series
run by E…