Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Thursday, April 11: RAD! Residencies with Gillian Osborne & Laura Vena
Hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid
Gillian Osborne is a writer and educator based in Santa Barbara, California. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Boom!, The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, Volt, and Zyzzyva, and she's written essays and reviews for The Believer, The Boston Review, and other venues. She’s the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Green Green Green from Nightboat Books (2020) and the co-editor, with Angela Hume of a collection of critical essays, Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field (University of Iowa North American Poetry Series). As a scholar, her work has been supported by fellowships from the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Emily Dickinson International Society, and featured in collections on The New Melville Studies and The New Dickinson Studies, both out from Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2019. She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College, and at the Harvard Extension School, where, with Elisa New, she is an instructor for a series of online courses covering 400 years of American poetry.
Laura Vena is a writer, editor, translator, and animal activist whose work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, Antennae and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the 1913 Press First Book Prize by John Keene for her book, x/she: stardraped. Laura holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Critical Studies from CalArts and is interested in works of a fantastic nature and those that investigate the ethical and aesthetic considerations of representation. She is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Two If By Sea Press, Fiction Editor at Entropy Magazine, and Founder of Blockhead Brigade, an organization that helps Pit Bull type dogs & their families in need.
Three separate evenings at the Poetic Research Bureau focused around an issue or idea that the writer brings to the residency. The events are in the spirit of a collaborative poetics involving the community that is emerging through the residency.
Part One: A reading and conversation and more, we pair the writer with someone.
Part Two: A reading and conversation, writers pair themselves with someone.
Part Three: A collaborative community event – workshop, experimental lecture, or performance.
Writers who bring a question or theme to work with, writers who want to think publicly with others about a question or theme, writers working on new projects, writers working on continuing projects, writers who might use the occasion to generate something entirely new!
In RAD! Residency – Gillian Osborne: Lichen Writing, so in [?!***!?]
Part One – Thursday, April 11: Gillian Osborne & Laura Vena
Part Two – Thursday, April 25: Gillian Osborne & Michelle Detoire
Part Three – Friday, April 26: Gillian Osborne and lichen wildness tba!
With generous support from the CalArts Alumnx Council Seed Grant.