Join us for the Practices of Hope Reading Series!
Fridays: June 12, July 10, August 14 & Sept. 11, 7pm ET
YouTube Live link: https://youtu.be/yHVgwJ5xUuA
Practices of Hope showcases creative processes as ways of making change. The artists and writers in this issue of the About Place journal ask: How can creative practice allow us to feel and act differently? How can we invent new collaborations and new embodiment practices for humans and other fellow creatures? What can speculative or non-realist forms mean for eco-arts? How can we imagine a different future with more of us in it? What hope can we afford? What hope do we need? Together, we reach for art that activates new relationships to embodiment, racial justice, climate crisis, species extinction, and environmentally located social pressures.
We invite you to come to these readings/artist talks/sharings, and catch glimpses of hope in hard times. 75 minutes, including time for Q+A.
The Readings Series and the “Practices of Hope” issue of About Place Journal are edited and organized by DJ Lee and Petra Kuppers, with assistant editors Catherine Fairfield and Rachel Sanchez.
Reading copies: The links in the running order below go to the relevant texts, for reading along. Please email petra@ to get the relevant sections of the prose texts in advance (as they won’t be read as a whole).
Friday, June 12, 7pm ET
- Margaret Noodin (poem) “Gimeme’igonaan omaa / This place is our lullaby”
- Corey S. Pressman (prose) “Consider the Cricket”
- Sydney Epps (poem): “Nina Taught Me”
- Denise Leto (poem) “Tend the Water With Them”
- Jillian McDonald (video) “The Dark Season”
- darlene anita scott (poem) “Making Soap”
- Lesley Wheeler (poem) “We Could Be”
- Megan Kaminski and L. Ann Wheeler (art) “Pussy Toes”
- Jennifer Sinor (prose) “Memories of the Future”
Friday, July 10, 7pm ET
- Sankara Olama-Yai (poem) “Afro-Futurism as Rebirth”
- Lorna Rose (short prose) “Thumb as Utility”
- Catherine Young (poem) “Women Tending”
- Nancy Lord (prose) “On the Dark Forest Road”
- Syrus Marcus Ware (installation) “Antarctica”
- Susanna Lang (poem) “But Then”
- Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland (prose) “Sunvaulting: Five Years on a Path toward a Literature of Environmental Resilience”
Friday, August 14, 7pm ET
- Jose Oseguera (poem) “The Road”
- Marjorie Maddox (poem/image by Greg Mort) “At the American Visionary Art Museum: Return to the Moon”
- Vikram Ramakrishnan (short prose) “A Crack in the Ground that Went to the Other Side of the Earth”
- Megan Culhane Galbraith (video) “A Lover’s Discourse”
- Rebecca Ellis (poem) “Past Life Flyover”
- Carrie Albert (assemblage) “Blue Box”
- James B. Wells (prose) “Resurrecting My Father and Me”
- Pamela Uschuk (poem) “Learning to Handbuild Micaceous Pueblo Pots”
- Jay Hansford C. Vest (prose) “There are Jaguars Along that Border”
Friday, September 11, 7pm ET
We are ending our series with an editor reading, with guests.
Editors DJ Lee and Petra Kuppers will read from their respective books (Remote, a non-fiction book about connection and wilderness; and Gut Botany, ecosomatic performance poetry), both of which appeared in March 2020. Jacqueline Johnson, incoming editor for About Place’s next issue, Works of Resistance, Resilience, will share one of her quilts and read ancestral poems in this season of change. She will host this last event as a way of handing over the baton.
We will have three additional guests with new book-length takes on eco-poetic/practices of hope approaches to our world: Orchid Tierney (poems of petroleum and petronauts), C.S. Giscombe (songs of location as practice), and Ashley Lucas (non-fiction work on international prison theatre/decarceration).
Black Earth Institute Fellows Reading
Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm ET