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Friday, March 27 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Radical Improvisation II: Detritus, an Opera in Three Acts

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Improvisation, one could say, is vital to the act of making. Radical improvisation implies a act of extreme participation and/or intervention. In three acts, participants in this presentation/ workshop will examine acts of radical improvisation in collaboration with the detritus that forms around us in our lives. These are the things we might look or walk away from, the things we might not notice - the torn bedspread, the stuff on the table at the yard sale, the wig in the hallway,  found objects, the bits of glitter left on the windowsill, unnamed unlabeled keys. The abandoned bodies somewhere out of our immediate sight, the shrapnel in the wall of someone’s house, the unexploded bomb, the noise, the newscaster so loud we turn off the television. We will ask why or why not these examples demand our attention. We will ask how do we stay present with them? How do we engage with them, make them necessary and perhaps impossible to walk away from? 

Participants are asked to bring something to the workshop they would walk or look away from. Or something they would otherwise throw away.

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Samuel Ace

Samuel Ace is the author of Normal Sex, Home in three days. Don’t wash., and, most recently, Stealth, with Maureen Seaton (Chax Press). He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. Most recently his work can... Read More →
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j/j hastain

j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j, simply, hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon. j/j is the inventor of The Mystical Sentence Projects and is author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre book... Read More →
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TC Tolbert

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet, but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014), Conditions/Conditioning, a collaborative chapbook with Jen Hofer, New Lights Press, 2014), I: Not He: Not I (Pity Milk chapbook 2014), Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (co-editor with Trace... Read More →
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Ronaldo V. Wilson

Ronaldo Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object (2009), which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008). His poetry has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, and he has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Kundiman, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm

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