Alter/Altar 5-week poetry workshop w/Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

Sun, 14 May 2017 // 12:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)


This interdisciplinary poetry workshop begins April 23. Please find class description below.

DATES: This workshop will meet the following Sundays: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 TIME/LOCATION: 12 PM – 2 PM at Bowery Poetry located at 308 Bowery INSTRUCTOR: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson REGISTER HERE:

For this workshop we will shred, table, excise, burn, and deconstruct the boundaries of poetics, both considering and creating works that challenge the genre. Can a hybrid documentation — that which invites in / explores historical and quotidian context, ephemera, detritus, found language, list making, and letters — alongside and in conversation with poetics — be a powerful, political, act of radical self-and-community archive-building? Can it be an act of healing? YES.

Here is a small window into the vast resources of explorations with text coming from outside an academic / “writing” based relationship with the medium, rather, approaching text as one of many tools in an arsenal of exploration, documentation, and challenge. We will engage with work that resists categorization, exploring these interstices, and create our own short zine-style hybrid chapbooks.

Inspiration for this workshop includes: Adrian Piper, Glenn Ligon, Teresa Kak Kyung Cha, Bhanu Kapil, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Michael Taussig, Brenda Coultas, Frida Kahlo, Clarice Lispector, Anais Nin, Penny Arcade, Judy Chicago, Jess, Susan Sontag, Martha Rosler, Tristan Tzara, Leslie Scalapino, Philip Whalen, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, Diane Di Prima, John Cage, Brian Gyson, Sun Ra, Hakim Bey, Gabriel Pomerand, and many more.

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is an interdisciplinary creator, curator, educator, and facilitator working in performance, exhibition, and publication in conversation with new media. She is a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, and previously taught at CUNY for over a decade. Lynne is the founder and Managing Editor of The Operating System, and serves as Libraries Editor at Boog City. Her books include GROUND, blood atlas, and Overview Effect, and she is co-author of A GUN SHOW with Adam Sliwinsk/Sō Percussion, as well as co-editor of the anthologies RESIST MUCH, OBEY LITTLE: Poems for the Resistance, and In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body, both forthcoming in 2017. She publishes and performs widely, and lives in Brooklyn NY.