NEWTOWN LITERARY

Thanks to the Newtown Literary Alliance, I will be leading a creative writing workshop titled, “You Found a Poem in the Stars: Using the Cosmos to Write Poetry of the Self”

Queens Library at Woodside, 54-22 Skillman Avenue

March 02, 2019

2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

 

In this interactive workshop, participants will read poems by Jerome Rothenberg, Vievee Francis, and dg nanouk okpik to discuss how each poet draws from cosmology to compose metonym, metaphor, and grammar in poems of self-formation. We will also read and discuss specific poetic procedures used by Robin Coste Lewis and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and, using these poets’ techniques, compose poems of the self using language literally found in astrological/mythological texts and glossaries from across cultural traditions.

 

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Music, readings, performance, prayer, peace. Hosted by Hudson-based artist Shanekia McIntosh. With performances by Martine GutierrezZeelie BrownDavonLady Moon Joey De JesusBibbe Hansen and B Taylor. For the second year in a row, Basilica Soundscape hosting TRIPTYCH, a day of collaborative performance art. TRIPTYCH triangulates at, or toward— The day of performances organizes around three nodes (shrine, movement, and plenum), each participant a star constellating sacred geometries. As a form, the triptych offers reliefs carved on three panels, three alternative imaginings. How might recuperating a livable planet demand a reimagining mysticism? TRIPTYCH moves beyond, approximating at a collective truth through collaborative performance. If the stage is a shrine is the universe, all above, turning into one—and all of space is full, then what are things and what is movement across space?

 

Several poems from my long series VANTABLACK appeared earlier this month in The Brooklyn Rail, which was a wonderful way to kick off the month~

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Today (6/28) I’m participating in “Get Published: How to Create a Poetry Manuscript,” a panel in Astoria for programmed by Newtown Literary at the Broadway branch of the Queens Library at 40-20 Broadway (near the Steinway stop on the M/R train) with Omotara James and Carlos Hiraldo moderated by Sokunthary Svay. There’s much to say~

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Then, tomorrow (6/29) at 7 at Books Are Magic, I’m performing new writing (i think) in Weirdd June: Murphy, Levitt, De Jesus and DeSilva-Johnson ~ <3 thanks to the Longofonos & WEIRDD w/ Jerome Ellison Murphy and Jen Levitt, and a lecture by Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

I’m rolling through to perform at the Studio Museum on Sunday as well~ https://www.studiomuseum.org/…/brown-paper-zine-…/1530374400

more soon~

I wanted to take a moment to post these links to poems recently published online. Black Rabbit Review, is a local journal curated by an irregular crew of regulars of Black Rabbit bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I have to especially thank Jonathan Walsh for the labor-intensive re-creation of this poem, because I lost the editable copy when my computer was stolen back in 2012 and he redesigned it perfectly from scratch. Black Rabbit Review first printed  “Celestogram of Jupiter” some time last year, though the date eludes me at the moment. Check out the poem and send them your writing!

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exorcism of the ritual gristle piece” is a newer poem, written last spring in a single sitting. I have been thinking about entanglements of numina, cathexis, blessing and cursing. Special thanks to the incomparable Kamden Hilliard for including this poem in Jellyfish Magazine 15.

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