I’m writing this from the busiest fall yet since I’ve moved to Milwaukee. I’m writing this from a night which included facepainting, music-making, hot chocolate and singing to the dead. I’m writing you from a warm house set up to receive visitors for a housemate’s 49th mix-tape birthday party tomorrow night. I’m writing this from a place of gratitude for being connected with me on this journey and more to come …
1) in Podcast form! 1st Skype reading & interview w/Claire Hart of One World Cafe up!
2) Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival, Saturday, Nov 3
Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI
11am-12:30pm Nature of Wisconsin Poetry panel (Community Room)
Culture, storytelling, personal experience, how they relate to physical place, community and relationships, create layers for potential poetry. This panel will highlight Wisconsin voices of diversity and the importance of diverse voices in mainstream writing. Each year this conversation gets everyone thinking about poetry, their own and the state of poetry in Wisconsin. This conversation element of the Wisconsin Poetry Festival never disappoints.
Moderators: Kim Blaeser
Panel: Jim Stevens, Ching-In Chen, Kate Sontag
3-5pm Poetry Round Table (Reference Area)
Invited poets will read and discuss their work in small groups. There will be two 40 minute sessions with a 10 minute break.
Group A Kim Blaeser and Robin Chapman – Community Room
Group B Jim Stevens and Anjie Kokan – Wisconsin Room
Group C Ching-In Chen and Sandy Stark – Reference area
Group D Kate Sontag and Fabu Jones – Gallery
3) Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities anthology book launch + 1st Milwaukee Community Accountability/Transformative Justice learn-to-action group gathering, Saturday, Nov 10, 7-10pm
Eight Limbs Housing Co-op, 601 E. Wright St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
Inspired by other study-to-action Community Accountability/Transformative Justice groups (in Toronto, NY & elsewhere!), this is a call out for folks interested in coming together to learn about strategies to develop knowledge, skills and capacities of our communities to intervene in and end violence (including child abuse, sexual violence and intimate partner violence) without policing and prisons.
At this first gathering, Ching-In Chen — co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities — and others will read/share stories and strategies from the book and lead a discussion around how to support Community Accountability/Transformative Justice work in Milwaukee communities
4) Verse Wisconsin:
my poems, “A Town Where There Are No People” and “In the Beaten Rice Factory” in Verse Wisconsin’s Issue 110 in print & a review of my book in a mash-up review of recent books by twelve women by Wendy Vardman
5) The Creative Side of Publishing panel @ Wisconsin Book Festival, Sunday, Nov 11, 4-5:30pm, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St, Madison WI
This panel will be a guided conversation between publishers to explore and discuss the risks and responsibilities that go with that role. With opportunities for collaboration and partnership, how do we break down barriers and build relations across communities? How do the choices we make help to create community? What are the ethical questions and issues a publisher might keep in mind? How does the literary community intersect and interact with broader communities? What are the political implications, both narrowly and broadly defined, of publishing poems, stories, and essays? Are there advantages to being a mission-driven publication, and if so, what are our missions, and to what extent do we engage in larger social issues? How do we seek out the writers we would like to publish? And how do we find balance between our work as publishers and our own writing lives? Books, broadsides, and magazines from a wide array of Wisconsin poetry publishers will be available for audience perusal. With VW editors and other panelists Oliver Bendorf & Nancy Reddy—Devil’s Lake; Ching-In Chen—Cream City Review; CX Dillhunt—Hummingbird; Frank X Walker—Pluck!, Nov 11, 4PM, Rotunda Studio/Overture.
Keep warm, keep writing!