I’m happy to announce that twenty sections of my long poem sequence “Radiant Action” have just been published at Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer. You can read the selection and hear recordings of me reading it here. The issue also includes prose reviews of the selection by poets Ben Kopel and Jennifer Moore. You can read them here and here.
Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer is a journal that was started late last year by poets Kelin Loe and Leora Fridman. As the title suggests, it’s dedicated to publishing long poems and selections from them, and always includes both recordings of the authors reading the published selection and critical prose on the work written by other scholars and poets.
Please check it out.
I’m reading at MOTR this coming Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7PM. Please see the flyer attached for details, BUT there will be two open mics, so bring your poems. Bring your joy. I will be blasting some “Radiant Action.”
This series, WORD OF MOUTH Cincinnati, hosted by Jim Palmarini and Mark Flanigan, is inspired by the late Aralee Strange, the former Cincinnati writer and artist who passed way in June, 2013. Strange ran readings, produced plays and other performance work during her many years in Cincinnati, before moving to Athens, Georgia in 2007. In Athens, she co-founded Word of Mouth, a popular and successful spoken word series.
Word of Mouth Cincinnati is an intentional arc of both past and future utterance, inspired by our most revered voice, with a nod to her Athens, GA compatriots. Word of Mouth asks poets to Show Up, Mouth Off, and Pay Attention.
I’m honored to be the first featured reader in the Cincinnati version of the series. I hope to see you there.
AAC Alumnus, Mitch Sipus will be visiting from Somolia to give a talk and workshop for the AAC Community. A word from Mitch:
“While a student I was constantly needing to justify the value of my work to others, and I wanted it to have a social impact, but lacked the sufficient skills to do so. I will tailor the workshop to give some direction and tools to students who have the same combination of ambition and limitation. It will be relevant to students and/or faculty of any artistic or design discipline.”
As Director of the strategic design firm, Sutika Sipus LLC, Mitchell Sipus is specialized in designing and implementing creative solutions for radical urban transformation. He has worked in some of the worlds most dangerous and complex environments throughout Asia and Africa. Previous projects have included successfully reducing gang violence in Cairo Egypt, improving housing systems in Kenyan refugee camps, and using graffiti to predict locations of social tension and insecurity in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mitchell has published field research with Oxford University and the Foreign Policy Association in Washington DC. He has spoken on his work at Oxford University, the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been featured in WIRED magazine.
Mitchell’s personal expertise includes organization theory, informal economies, forced displacement, youth militarization, and cities in conflict. Furthermore he is skilled in areas of social research, geospatial analysis, software development, and multimedia design.
Catherine Viox, Senior Photography major at the AAC, has been interning at City Beat for quite some time. Just last week she was given the opportunity to shoot the cover photo for the December 11th edition and jumped at the chance! Here is Catherine’s reaction to the shoot:
“It’s amazing walking around the city and seeing my photo on a publication that is literally everywhere. I got to shoot my amazing boss, Jesse, reading in the snow surrounded by stacks of books. It was a fun and creative shoot and so nice to make the cover photo. It really put into perspective how much work Jesse has to do every week to keep the magazine coming out as it should. As their head photographer, she has a lot of pressure on her shoulders. I hope within a few years I’ll be in her seat as she moves to bigger and better things.”
Congratulations, Catherine, on a job well done!
Last night was the culmination of Senior, Samantha McCormick’s 30-day performance in the Art Academy’s Chidlaw Gallery. This pinnacle of performance and poetry wonder featured introductory readings by students – Kyle Cottier, Chloë Bell, Billy Golden, and professor & Poet in Residence – Matt Hart, followed by several readings from Samantha’s new book of poetry and writing: Fatal Character. For your reading pleasure below is one of the poems Samantha read for a crowd of 35 last night, titled “Today I’ve Decided.”
AAC Junior, Matthew Bustillo’s India Ink drawing was voted Best In Show by students who had work accepted into the Juried Student Ink Exibition. 75 students submitted work for the exhibition and 39 of the works were selected to be hung in the Convergys Gallery in the AAC’s front lobby. As his prize, Matthew won a bottle of AAC recent graduate, Mark Barczak’s hand-crafted black walnut ink. The Juried Student Ink exhibition will be up until December 13th and all works are for sale. Matthew’s 11″ X 15″ drawing can be yours for only $350.