I'm leading a 3-week class on Thursday evenings starting July 6 at the Portland Underground Graduate School on Mary Ruefle's 3 most recent books. It's only $100 to join. You can read more about it on the PUGS website here.
This summer, I feel like spending Wednesday evenings in Kate Bingaman-Burt's new Outlet space, with the garage door up, sipping on shandies, and talking about poems. If you want to join me, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both workshops will be capped at 6 students, so let me know soon if you want in.
Wednesdays, May 31 - July 5. At Outlet. 2500 NE Sandy. 5:30pm-8pm. $200-$300 (sliding scale).
This will be a generative poetry workshop for poets at all levels. The main focus will be to sustain a poetry writing practice for six weeks with access to a small group of focused readers. After each workshop, I'll give the group a prompt/assignment to complete for the week, one that addresses some aspect of poetry writing brought up in our group conversations. We'll spend the beginning of the following week's workshop discussing our experiences with the assignment.
Our workshop will be capped at 6 people, so everyone will get about 20 minutes of focused group discussion of their own new work at each meeting. We will meet once per week for 6 total weeks.
POETRY AS COLLABORATION
Wednesdays, July 12 - August 16. At Outlet. 2500 NE Sandy. 5:30-8pm. $200-$300 (sliding scale).
This will be a generative workshop with a particular attention toward collaboration. Through prompts, exercises, and readings that focus on the idea collaboration, we will discover new ways of thinking about our own approach to writing, and ultimately learn how to write collaboratively with ourselves (whatever that means). For each of the six weeks, we will focus on a different kind of collaborative poetry writing: (1) with one other person, (2) with multiple people, (3) with a dead poet, (4) as an act of translation, (5) with a machine/computer, (6) and with any other kind of artist.
Our workshop will be capped at 6 people. We will meet once per week for 6 total weeks.
I'll be the Bartender-in-Residence at Likewise Bar in March. Please visit me from 4-11 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting 3/1. I'll pour you a drink, and we can write together.
Here is a description of my project.
BEFORE YOU WERE HOME :
Writing Letters to the New Owners of the Old Addresses We Care About
Before You Were Home is a month-long project that engages with the rapidly changing landscape of Portland through the art of the personal letter. By sharing our personal histories and stories of certain places that no longer exist, or have been irrevocably changed by demolition and construction, Before You Were Home will reconstruct the city via memory for the benefit of the property’s new owner. As previous owners, inhabitants, neighbors, or patrons, this project is an opportunity to pass on our love of place to the people who plan to change it forever.
Patrons will also be invited to write letters to the new owners/inhabitants of any address (anywhere) that is of personal significance to them.
During the month of March, the exhibit will include scheduled talks with notable Portland residents, postal carriers, neighborhood association members, and local historians, who will share their stories of particular addresses. There will also be open sharing at 6pm on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The space will showcase a hand-drawn map of Portland, a list of addresses of recently demolished and scheduled demolishings, mailboxes, all the materials needed for letter writing, old phone books, letter-writing prompts, suggestions, and mini-lessons, and a rolodex of addresses for patrons to complete.
Any letters returned to Likewise by the new owners of a property will be given to the Likewise patron who wrote the original letter, but will also be subject to a public reading at Likewise at the end of the residency.
I sketched Ian MacKaye and Maria Falconetti as Joan of Arc.
Recently, I’ve put down the pencil and I’ve started sketching more quickly with pens. Here are portraits of Patti Smith, Lucia Berlin, and Grete Stern.
Yesterday, at the MOMA, I got excited about Zoe Leonard’s Analogue. 412 photographs of disappearing storefronts on the Lower East Side, and neglected consumer products, captured by her own obsolete piece of technology, a Rolleiflex camera.
I drew three more portraits of artists I admire. Virginia Woolf, Frida Kahlo, and Doug Martsch.
To celebrate DeWeese DeWeek, Christopher DeWeese reads “The Atmosphere,” the first poem from The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, in a wind tunnel at the mall. You can celebrate DeWeese DeWeek by watching him do it. And then by pre-ordering the book and reading it in your own wind tunnel at your own mall, or wherever. If you pre-order the book this week, you’ll get free stuff.
The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities is using my book of poems, Fjords vol. 1, to teach literacy to some of their adult clients. They’ve been interpreting some of the poems in their art classes. As a poet, too rarely do you get to see the evidence of the work the poems are doing without you there, after you’ve written them, so this news makes me incredibly happy and proud.
Can you guess to which Fjords poem they belong?