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Art trove

Sometimes I’m too productive for my own good—I lose track of art and writing pieces as I start new projects, and I’m grateful that my old computer hasn’t kicked the bucket (yet), for I often rediscover artwork that I forget even having created. Here’s a painting of mushrooms that I made to compliment and article I wrote for Vice magazine’s food imprint, “Munchies,” many years ago, although I’ll admit that they didn’t choose to include the illustration, and they gave my essay a new title which I’m not as fond of (so goes the editorial process!):  This Man Believes Mushrooms Can Solve Virtually All of Humanity’s Problems

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A SMALL, BEAUTIFUL THING: poetry and painting collaboration with GennaRose Nethercott and 7×7.la

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I’m thrilled to announce that a new collaboration has been released into the world of hybrid art and literature—poetry and paintings, the former by the lovely and talented GennaRose Nethercott, and the latter by yours truly.

GennaRose is the author of the highly acclaimed and stunning book of poems, The Lumberjack’s Dove, which was published by HarperCollins, and was selected by Louise Gluck for the National Poetry Series in 2018. A hearty cheers for all of this, but more importantly for me, GennaRose is a delightful, enthusiastic presence in Vermont, where I have crossed paths with her in literary and artistic circles over the past decade. We finally came together to collaborate on this exchange of art and poetry, for the series published by 7×7.la, who describe their project this way:

“Launched in 2015 to facilitate a new kind of interdisciplinary collaboration, each 7×7 invites one visual artist and one writer to engage in a two-week creative conversation. The format, inspired by Surrealist games of the early 20th century, challenges participants to improvise, in their respective disciplines, a spontaneous story that pushes into ever-wilder imaginative terrain. Every finished 7×7 is singular, unclassifiable, and wholly original.”

I loved this process, and the results are pretty dandy.

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Here’s our collaboration

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Resurrecting Walter Benjamin’s Archival Spirit: An Interview with the Michigan Quarterly Review

How delightful! The writer and editor Cammie Finch recently interviewed me about my recent book for the Michigan Quarterly Review. You can find and read the interview, titled “Resurrecting Walter Benjamin’s Archival Spirit”, via the link below.

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Also, follow Cammie Finch, she’s a bright beam of intelligent light.

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Puppet nostalgia

Puppet night at the bar

Old Tom Banjo’s on fire,

yodeling his crankies.

The sad mime finally speaks.

Cloth blob wags his tongue.

Chief Lee cocoons himself

in a roll of paper.

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Last night’s event at the lamp shop, the PCP (Puppets, Crankies, and Pantomime) made me nostalgic for the massive puppetry endeavor that my sister, Nick, Stef, Ben, and I put together many years ago. Here’s a photo from that very involved spectacle:

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Reading from my new book with poets at the Ruth Stone Foundation Reading Series

I’m so excited to have been asked by Bianca Stone to join the Ruth Stone Foundation Reading Series at the Wishbone Collective in Winooski on May 17th, with Marina Blitshteyn,  MC Hyland, and Leanne Ruell.
Again, the event will be hosted by Wishbone Collective in Winooski, and there will be books for sale by Antidote books. Doors at 6pm, reading at 6:30pm. Drinks and snacks will be available.
I can’t wait!
 

Phoenix Bookstore Book Launch

I’m looking forward to launching my new book at Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington in May! They have ordered the books already, and I’m thrilled and honored to have a display in the store.

The event is coming up:

Reading at 7pm at Phoenix bookstore.

 

And, an after party with the lovely singer-songwriter Iva Mae at my studio in the Soda Plant (on Pine street, above Tomgirl Juice).

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