A free collaborative reading by contributing writers to Poets Reading The News, The Rise Up Review, and Writers Resist at AWP, hosted at Rontoms--have a yummy bite and join the resistance!
POETS READING THE NEWS READERS: Megan Merchant, Rémy Dambron, Matty Layne Glasgow, Devon Balwit, Collin Spinney, Charissa Menefee
RISE UP REVIEW READERS: Devon Balwit, Brent Terry, Lenny DellaRocca, Jennifer Jean, Iris Dunkle, Claudia F. Savage, Darius Atefat-Peckham, Joel Peckham, Cynthia Atkins, Katharine Whitcomb, Erica Goss, Jane Ann Devol Fuller
WRITERS RESIST READERS: Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Tara Campbell, Tori Cárdenas, Jamie Davenport, Lisa DeSiro, Robbie Gamble, Amanda Gomez, Liz Kellebrew, Courtney LeBlanc, LJ Provost, Sima Rabinowitz, Sam Sax, Judith A. Skillman, Alina Stefanescu, Katie Thomason, C. Gregory Thompson, Writer and Hector Tobar
As part of the Conversations with Writers series, Claudia will be giving a talk and reading on Radical Empathy using her own love poetry and the love poetry of Luis Alberto Urrea, Osip Mandelstam, Cecilia Vicuna, and Maram al-Masri.
This session of A Poet’s Rhythm will cover the topic of dissidents, featuring Cecilia Vicuna and Osip Mandelstam’s work.
8 weeks of Sundays, from 1-3pm
Winter Poetry Festival
Performance at 4PM
Workshop at 5-6PM
Music Your Work New
In every culture poets have collaborated with music and musicians--whether with a lyre in Greece, singing pantoums in Southeast Asia, with jazz in America, or ecstatic poetry in the Middle East. Poetry-music duo Thick in the Throat, Honey, has been creating and performing work that pushes both art forms for over a decade. Collaborating with music offers opportunities for poetic discovery in terms of form, sound and bodily connection. In this 1-hour workshop, we will generate new work alone and together inspired by both silence and music. Participants will also learn methods of scoring and performing a poem in order to work with musicians in the future.
The Ezra Weiss Big Band (including John on woodwinds) presents a new jazz suite: "We Limit Not the Truth of God" (a newly commissioned work about explaining the state of the world to our children)
Deflecting Violence Through Poetry
How can poetry actually help students deal with the violence in our modern world–wars that have been happening since they were born, violence in the schools, the rise of nationalism, sexism, and racism, and threats on social media and media in general? The poet has always been feared by fascists and those in power for good reason. In this class we’ll discuss three ways that you can help your students create art that feels meaningful and gives them back their voice. We will tackle issues of hypocrisy (through blackout poems and found poems), explore methods utilized by activists to oppose those in power (like Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuna against Pinochet and Morgan Parker against sexism and racism in American popular culture), and we’ll learn how to give love back to the forgotten in our lives through praise and persona poems. Together we will explore poets who inspire and methods that will get students writing and sharing.
Kinney classroom at the Portland Art Museum. Free. Sign up here.
8 glorious weeks. 5 in-person meetings (October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, and December 9) to read together, generate work inspired by two accomplished writers, and commune with each other. Weekly online supplemental materials to keep momentum and spur discussion. A final reading salon to celebrate your creativity and inspire you to continue.
Get insights into your writing and further your practice while creating community.
Limited to 10 students. Sign up here
Thick in the Throat, Honey perform Other Echoes Inhabit the Garden for Tenor Saxophone and Gated Tape (2013) by Daniel Brandes for this quarterly Creative Music Guild experimental music series.
The Extradition Series is an ongoing workshop where performers and audience explore new approaches to music-making and music-listening. By presenting works that are generously experimental – giving equal agency to their composers and interpreters, and embracing the contingency of their ultimate form – we seek to draw musicians and audience into the moment, exchanging hard expectations for radical openness.
Use somatic (body-focused) sensory rituals and practices to discover new ways to express your story on the page. Explore and combine each of the senses, writing both poems and prose. Experiment with form and content to deepen your writing practice. Leave class with a suite of four body-centered pieces. No poetry or prose experience necessary.
4 classes: October 10-24th and November 1, 2018 at Literary Arts.
6:30-9:30 each Wednesday
Claudia attends the Black Earth Institute Fellowship retreat for the first year of her fellowship with the 2018 fellows in Wisconsin.
The Black Earth Institute seeks to help create a more just and deeply interconnected world and promote the health of the planet. To do so artists are appointed as Fellows for a term and Scholars join as advisors. BEI then encourages and supports its present and past Fellows and Scholars to address social justice, environmental issues and the spiritual dimensions of the human condition in their art and work.
Pavement Festival (Risk/Reward and Tracy Cameron Francis): A Festival of Pop-Up Performances in Public Spaces
Thick in the Throat, Honey will be part of a gathering of national and local artists who will engage with the environment and the community through short form site-specific performances in public spaces throughout the First Thursday gallery walk enlivening our streets with unexpected images and experiences.
Sante Bar: 411 NW Park Ave.
Starts at 6:30 at the bar. Performances begin at 7 until around 8.
We will be performing new work from Claudia's book about the Syrian refugee crisis.