How do our personal rituals—those we perform consciously and sometimes unconsciously—enhance our well-being and overall sense of self? What kind of magic emerges when ritual bleeds into art?
Join me this month when I moderate a discussion between two influential artists, Candy Chang (creator of the Before I Die participatory public art project and TED Senior Fellow) & CAConrad (award-winning author of eight books of poetry), for a discussion on the kinetic intersection of art, ritual, and mental health.
This free event is part of a series of public programs related to Candy Chang’s new mural project, The Atlas of Tomorrow, produced with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program‘s Porch Light department. Porch Light is funded by the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, and The Atlas of Tomorrow is made possible with additional support from the Hummingbird Foundation.
24 March 2016, 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N Broad St
FREE to the public
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I am over the moon /tickled pink / chuffed to bits/ on cloud nine / pleased as Punch (less the wife-beating/serial-killing parts) / etc / et al / to announce the publication of my new full-length poetry collection, & now my feet are maps, by the lovely Susana Gardner‘s Dusie Press. it is now available via the fine folks at Small Press Distribution.
Book design by creative genius Dan Shepelavy, with cover art by the tremendous SJ Hart (from her drawing, That night she fell asleep in a tangle of roots. She dreamt there were more girls nestled in the trees. Prints available for purchase here).
Lovely people have said lovely things about it, & I am truly grateful for their generosity & support.
“Jenn McCreary’s wry, disarming, dream-imbued reformulations of fairy-tale & folk-tale quests in & NOW MY FEET ARE MAPS make for an unconventionally pleasurable and challenging read. In point of fact, she turns the conventions of fantasy-inflected diction and dispiriting roles for female characters in on themselves, in large part through as subtle a handling of poetic sequencing and tone as I’ve encountered anywhere lately. These poems vividly remake the ground they take from a range of familiar sources, are addressed to readers of most ages, and do mean to change the way this world’s collective sense of imagination knows itself.”
“A celestial recalibration is in the Jenn McCreary line. I love being in there, and it’s for us, the biggest possible version of us. ‘here is my ghost voice / amplification helmet & here is the engine you built / with your blood—’ One day I took these poems to a rock by the water and encountered the protrusion of fortitude from every THING around me through the lens of her book. ‘& alterwise by owl-light: thistle-blood & born / with a backwards heart, I wasn’t always this / fragile.’ This book blows my mind, and this isn’t a blurb, it’s a witnessing. Planets come and go, but the vibratory poems like Jenn McCreary’s stay on in the breaking molecules gnawed by light.”
“Pieces of a life filtered through a fractured mind, somehow made whole by the work itself.”
“& NOW MY FEET ARE MAPS is a journey poem. The feet are Jenn McCreary’s feet, my feet, the feet of anyone who has come through pain and confusion brought on by people or institutions who abuse their power. Jenn McCreary’s work is hacked from the ‘black box’ at her core. She figured out what it said, how to decode it, and recode it into poetry. The power of her images (unhinged in fairytale and play), her apocalyptic humor, her fusion of time, and her perfectly attuned guidance through devastation all serve to help us make sense ‘of another dark night / I’m learning to unwait.'”
For 40 years, Small Press Traffic has been at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene, bringing together readers, writers, and independent presses through an influential reading series, publications, conferences and talks. Their mission is to promote and support local, national and international writers who push the limits of how we speak and think about the world. They aim to engage an audience for independently published literature while cultivating a culturally diverse avant-garde.
Visit their indiegogo page to view fantastic perks for contributing — including an outgoing voicemail message recorded by Kevin Killian, a personalized mix tape by Brandon Brown, & a Soma(tic) poetry ritual by CA Conrad!
Set in present day, a trailblazing new film, Boyland will tell a story of a controversial and forbidden love. Boyland is a narrative work but with a strong focus on experimental elements. It is co-written and directed by Gabe Rubin. One summer day Meyer [played by Kevin Killian], a sixty year-old photographer and artist meets James, a fourteen year-old juvenile delinquent at the beach. A tumultuous relationship develops that tests both of their capacities to love. Rubin paints the story of their passionate, complex and at times disturbing relationship against the surreal backdrop of a sensual fantastical dreamworld. In this dreamscape, Gabe delves deeply into the darkest secrets of pederasty with a pioneering approach that is both innovative and haunting. Utilizing rich multimedia references from the worlds of art, music and poetry Boyland is a radical and unforgettable coming of age story.
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