Living Writers Series Spring 2022

Living Writers Series Spring 2022 

CELEBRANT: SOUND ACTIONS

Spring 2022

Thursdays, 5:20pm

April 14, April 28, and May 12 on Zoom (Register here)

May 19 and May 26 in Humanities Lecture Hall

https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/living-writers-series-spring-2022

 

Event Description: 

CELEBRANT: SOUND ACTIONS showcases interdisciplinary writers who deeply engage in various sonic forms, whether the libretto and the operatic, sound and visual art, acoustic music and songwriting, or embodied meditations to explore the possibilities in being attentive to sound, as action and celebrant through writing.  This hybrid series features an array of writers and artists who work across several modes (text, multi-media, meditation, and performance) exploring what happens between sound and/as verbal language, rendering its effects and configurations through poetry, prose, and sound inspired and activated interdisciplinary writing practices.


Schedule:

April 14   

Janice A. Lowe (Virtual Reading on Zoom, Register here)

Janice A. Lowe is a composer, poet and pianist. Her musical LIL BUDDA, text by Stephanie L. Jones, has been presented at the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theater Conference. Lowe’s music-poetry works have been performed at venues and festivals including The Poetry Project, Bop Stop, Jazz Festival Berlin, University of Cambridge, Roulette and the Arts for Art Peace & Justice Celebration. She composed music for the plays DOOR OF NO RETURN by Nehassaiu DeGannes (Shakespeare & Co.) and Jenni Lamb’s 12th & CLAIRMOUNT (Stage West-Chicago.) Lowe composed the song cycle “Millie and Christine McKoy Sisters’ Syncopated Sonnets in Song,” libretto by Tyehimba Jess. She is also the composer of  LEAVING CLE SONGS, an album based on her poetry collection. Lowe’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing, Interim Poetics, Respect-The Music of Detroit and Solidarity Texts: Radiant Re-Sisters. A co-founding member of The Dark Room Collective, she performs and records with the ensemble Janice Lowe & Namaroon. Her work has been recognized by Creative Capital, The Rauschenberg Foundation and City Artists Corps. She teaches multi-media composition at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and has guest taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics-Summer Writing Program, Naropa University. http://www.janicelowe.com/ 

 

April 28 

Samuel Ace (Virtual Reading on Zoom, Register here)

Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is the author of several books, most recently Our Weather Our Sea  and the newly re-issued Meet Me ThereNormal Sex and Home in three days. Don’t wash.. He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writer Award and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in Poetry, as well as a multi-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in Poetry, ARC Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental Poetry, The Academy of American Poet’s Poem-a-DayPoetry Daily, We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, and many other journals and anthologies.

 

May 12 

Soham Patel (Virtual Reading on Zoom, Register here)

A daughter of immigrants to the U.S. by way of Uganda, India, and the United Kingdom, Soham Patel was born in Lincoln, England and raised in rural North Dakota. She is the author of the poetry collections to afar from afar (The Accomplices), ever really hear it (Subito, [winner of the 2017 Subito Prize, chosen by Mathias Svalina]), the forthcoming all one in the end—water (Delete, 2022), and the chapbooks and nevermind the storm, New Weather Drafts (Portable Press @Yo-Yo Labs), and in airplane and other poems (oxeye press). She is an editor at The Georgia Review and Fence.

 

May 19 

Senior Projects Reading (Humanities Lecture Hall, Reception to Follow)

 

May 26  

Gina Athena Ulysse (Humanities Lecture Hall)

Gina Athena Ulysse is an artist-scholar and Professor of Feminist Studies. In her ongoing crossings and dialogues between the arts, humanities, and the social sciences, she engages in a practice of rasanblaj-- the gathering of ideas, things, people, and spirits. Her last book, Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD (2017) was long-listed for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award and received the 2018 Best Poetry Connecticut Center for the Book Award. She was the invited editor of "Caribbean Rasanblaj," a double issue of e-misférica journal. Her articles, essays, and creative work have been published in Feminist Studies, Gastronomica, Interimpoetics, Liminalities, Meridians, Third Text, etc. She has also performed at The Bowery, The British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Gorki Theatre, LaMaMa, Marcus Garvey Liberty Hall, MoMA Salon, and the MCA. In 2020, she was an invited artist to the Biennale of Sydney, Australia. More info on: ginaathenaulysse.com

 

Sponsored by The Puknat Literary Endowment, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, The Laurie Sain Endowment, The Humanities Institute, and Bookshop Santa Cruz.