(Soma)tic Poetry Rituals at Planetary Peak Hour, with CAConrad
This workshop will be led by Creative Capital Awardee CAConrad and all are welcome. (Soma)tic poetry rituals are a different kind of investment in the everyday. If you hate your job, for instance, you can build a ritual to be inside this space that can reveal the unexpected and make a poem through the previously unexplored aspects of the work environment. There is no place and no time where the poems are not possible.
The aim of (Soma)tic poetry and poetics is the realization of two fundamental ideas:
- Everything around us has creative viability with the potential to spur new modes of thought and imaginative output.
- The most vital ingredient to bringing sustainable, humane changes to our world is creativity, and this can be enacted daily.
With examples and images, CA will explain their latest nationwide ritual and Creative Capital Project, Resurrect Extinct Vibration, while discussing how each of us has important creative work to do. There will be plenty of time for questions, and each person in attendance will receive a small set of instructions for building their own ritual.
CAConrad is the author of nine books of poetry and essays, which include stark images of sex, violence, and defiance to build a bridge between fable and confession. Their work While Standing in Line for Death received the Lambda Award in 2018. A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they also received The Believer Magazine Book Award, and The Gil Ott Book Award. Their work has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Danish, and German. They teach regularly at Columbia University in New York and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.