Panel: Alternate Histories {Phoenix, AZ}
Nov
1
11:00 AM11:00

Panel: Alternate Histories {Phoenix, AZ}

As part of: NonfictioNOW 2018 Conference

Alternate Histories
Erik Anderson, Mary-Kim Arnold, J'Lyn Chapman, Angela Pelster, & Michael Steinberg

This panel takes its inspiration from the question posed by Rilke's protagonist in The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge: “Is it possible that the whole history of the world has been misunderstood?” In this passage, Malte questions whether history has incorrectly paid its attention to the masses instead of to “the one person they were standing around because he was a stranger and was dying.” While this supposition about history's making is not new—we see it reflected in Aristotle’s privileging of poetry over history—this panel proposes that not only can imaginative interpretations better help us to understand the past, they can also recover voices and perspectives that have been subsumed in grand narratives that perpetuate notions of the universal subject. In this panel, we will consider how creative nonfiction can treat the past as both contingent and knowable through imaginative interventions and innovations in form.

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Panel: Open Wounds: Eros in Contemporary Feminist Poetics {South Bend, IN}
Oct
7
9:00 AM09:00

Panel: Open Wounds: Eros in Contemporary Feminist Poetics {South Bend, IN}

As part of: &NOW 2018: A Festival of New Writing

Open Wounds: Eros in Contemporary Feminist Poetics
Alexis Almeida, Mary-Kim Arnold, Julie Carr, Carolina Ebeid, Aditi Machado

This panel will explore a feminist poetics that articulates pleasure, desire, and dynamic attachment in response to the psychic and bodily wounds imposed by patriarchal violence. Given that this violence is often aimed at the body’s capacity for pleasure and desire, we will look at work that explores eros, vulnerability, and relationality to mark these wounds rather than conceal or heal them, to, as Rosi Braidotti has said, explore desire as fundamental in the “feminist politics of pursuing alternative definitions of female subjectivity.” In addition to looking at ways certain works of prose, poetry, and cross-genre work in translation aim to trouble liberal virtues of individualism, self-interest, and what Judith Butler has called “the masculinist fantasies of sovereign mastery,” we will ask larger questions like, what are different ways to articulate the “female” body, what is the “female” body, and how to perform the body in all of its various particularities, its languaged, cultural, and social iterations. With the aim of challenging hierarchical arrangements of public/private, self/other, production/reproduction, and pleasure/pain, we hope to explore virtues of eros playing a primary role in meaning-making, subject-formation, and the making of the poem and social/poetic self.

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Panel: (An) Alternate Notion(s) of Home {South Bend, IN}
Oct
6
10:35 AM10:35

Panel: (An) Alternate Notion(s) of Home {South Bend, IN}

As part of: &NOW 2018: A Festival of New Writing

(An) Alternate Notion(s) of Home
Shira Dentz, Mary-Kim Arnold, Allison Grimaldi Donahue, Johannes Göransson, Diana Khoi Nguyen

Even if traditional, socially-normative notions and representations of home ever truly reflected lived experience, it is clear they no longer can accommodate the social, cultural, and political realities of contemporary American life. In this interdisciplinary, cross-genre panel, five authors, including two translators, interrogate and deconstruct these limited, commercially-driven ideas of what constitutes home through formally experimental narratives, to offer alternative notions of home. As Wittgenstein famously wrote, “the limits of our world are the limits of our language.” If language is a kind of home, then these writers, whose experiences fall outside existing codifications of belonging, are compelled to employ collage and juxtaposition across medium and genre to invent new formal means of expression. Approaches that traverse boundaries between, within, and across genres—allows these authors to address complicated themes such as transnational identity, adoption, loss, gender, and language through an expansion of given forms. These complex narratives often explore cultural, political, and personal realities. Authors draw from research, biography, criticism, art, popular media, and philosophy to create culturally-relevant artworks that challenge received social norms and push the boundaries of language. Presenters discuss how in crafting (an) alternate notion(s) of home, hybrid forms also invite the critique of social categories in our family-centric culture.

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Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Reading: Suzanne Parker & Mary-Kim Arnold {Nyack, NY}

Hosted by River River Writers Circle

Suzanne Parker is a poet, non-fiction writer, editor, and writing teacher/coach. Her chapbook Feed was a winner of the Sunken Gardens Poetry Chapbook Award and was published in summer 2016 by Tupelo Press. Her poetry collection, Viral, was a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award and was published by Alice James Books in 2013. Her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, Hunger Mountain, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Rattapallax, and elsewhere. About Viral, Suzanne has said: "The book focuses on homophobia, technology, and bullying as realized through the tragedy of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, the gay Rutger's University student who took his own life after having his privacy violated by his roommate. I very much want this book to start conversations and reach an audience that needs to know they are not alone."

Mary-Kim Arnold is a poet, writer, and visual artist. Litany for the Long Moment, her book-length experimental essay exploring her identity as a daughter, an adoptee, and a Korean-American, was selected by Carla Harryman for the 2016 Essay Press Prize. Other writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, The Georgia Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.

River River gratefully acknowledges the support of our state and local arts funding agencies for our 2018 readings series. Rockland Decentralization Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.

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Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Alexandra Mattraw, Kate Schapira, Mary-Kim Arnold {Providence, RI}

Alexandra Mattraw’s debut full-length book of poems, small sirenis just out from Brooklyn’s Cultural Society. She is also the author of four chapbooks, including  flood psalm (2017, Dancing Girl Press). Her poems and reviews have appeared in Denver QuarterlyThe Poetry ProjectVOLTVerse, The Volta, and elsewhere. In Oakland and San Francisco, Alexandra curates an art-centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen, now in its seventh year.

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Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Ryan Eckes, Mary-Kim Arnold, & Patrick N. Riedy {Providence, RI}

Ryan Eckes is a poet from Philadelphia. His latest book, General Motors (Split Lip Press 2018), is about labor and the influence of public and private transportation on city life. Other books include Valu-Plus and Old News (Furniture Press 2014, 2011). His poetry can be found in Tripwire, Slow Poetry in America Newsletter, Entropy and elsewhere. He has worked as an adjunct professor at many colleges and in recent years as a labor organizer in education. He won a Pew Fellowship in 2016. A review of his book can be found here (http://thefanzine.com/a-song-about-overthrowing-capitalism-on-ryan-eckes-general-motors/)

Mary-Kim Arnold’s Litany for the Long Moment was awarded the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Prize and was a finalist for the 2018 Chautauqua Janus Prize. She co-edited the anthology, Mixed Korean: Our Stories. A multidisciplinary artist and writer, her work has appeared in a number of literary and art journals, including The Georgia Review, Hyperallergic, and The Rumpus, where she serves on the Advisory Committee. The recipient of fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, she holds graduate degrees from Vermont College of Fine Arts and Brown University, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Patrick Riedy, from Buffalo, lives in Providence. He recently finished his MFA at Brown and operates a small chapbook press called PressBoardPress.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/495472410870681/

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Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Pete's Reading: Arnold, Knecht, & Sheehan {Brooklyn, NY}

On Thursday, June 21st, Pete's Reading Series closes our winter/spring season with three fantastic writers: Mary-Kim Arnold (LITANY FOR THE LONG MOMENT), Rosalie Knecht (WHO IS VERA KELLY?), and Dan Sheehan (RESTLESS SOULS). Come hear them read, then linger to chat, drink, and pick up their books, which will be for sale via WORD Bookstore.

Mary-Kim Arnold is a poet, writer, and visual artist. Litany for the Long Moment, her book-length experimental essay, was selected by Carla Harryman for the 2016 Essay Press Prize. She serves on the Advisory Board for The Rumpus, where she edits the occasional column, Multitudes, a partnership with VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts, and she co-chairs the Board of Directors for the feminist art collective, the Dirt Palace. Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, she lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children, where she teaches in Brown University's Nonfiction Writing Program. 

Rosalie Knecht is a writer, social worker, and translator in New York. Her work includes the novel Relief Map (2016) and a translation of Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind, and she writes the Dear Book Therapist column at Lit Hub. Her second novel, Who is Vera Kelly?, is coming in June 2018 from Tin House.

Dan Sheehan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and editor. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. His writing has appeared in The Irish Times, GQ, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, TriQuarterly, Words Without Borders, Electric Literature, and Literary Hub, among others. He lives in New York, where he is the Book Marks editor at Literary Hub and a contributing editor at Guernica Magazine, and was a recipient of the 2016 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship. His debut novel, Restless Souls, is available now from Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Ig Publishing (US).

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/387087641805050/

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Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

Providence Athenaeum Discussion Group: Ban en Banlieue by Bhanu Kapil {Providence, RI}

These women writers do it all. They write poetry, prose, incorporate image and collage. They are filmmakers, performers, visual artists, photographers, critics. They draw from multiple and varied traditions and disciplines, which influence, enliven, and animate their texts. They are formally inventive and playful, pushing the boundaries of their forms.

In this discussion group, we will consider six such writers: Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Maggie Nelson, Harryette Mullen, and Bhanu Kapil. Optional writing prompts will allow group members to experiment for themselves. While our discussion will focus on the works listed, the group leader will bring in additional works whenever possible to view and consider.

This groups meets the second Tuesday of the month, January-June, 5:30-7pm.

  • January 9 | Plainwater, Anne Carson. We will also look at Nox and Float.
  • February 13 | Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine. We will also look at Citizen, An American Lyric.
  • March 20 | Dictee, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. We will also look at selected art pieces.
  • April 10 | Jane, A Murder, Maggie Nelson. We will also look at The Red Parts and Bluets.
  • May 8 | Recyclopedia, Harryette Mullen
  • June 12| Ban en Banlieue, Bhanu Kapil

For more information, email me at mka [at] mkimarnold [dot] com.

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May
8
5:30 PM17:30

Providence Athenaeum Discussion Group: Recyclopedia by Harryette Mullen {Providence, RI}

These women writers do it all. They write poetry, prose, incorporate image and collage. They are filmmakers, performers, visual artists, photographers, critics. They draw from multiple and varied traditions and disciplines, which influence, enliven, and animate their texts. They are formally inventive and playful, pushing the boundaries of their forms.

In this discussion group, we will consider six such writers: Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Maggie Nelson, Harryette Mullen, and Bhanu Kapil. Optional writing prompts will allow group members to experiment for themselves. While our discussion will focus on the works listed, the group leader will bring in additional works whenever possible to view and consider.

This groups meets the second Tuesday of the month, January-June, 5:30-7pm.

  • January 9 | Plainwater, Anne Carson. We will also look at Nox and Float.
  • February 13 | Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine. We will also look at Citizen, An American Lyric.
  • March 20 | Dictee, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. We will also look at selected art pieces.
  • April 10 | Jane, A Murder, Maggie Nelson. We will also look at The Red Parts and Bluets.
  • May 8 | Recyclopedia, Harryette Mullen
  • June 12| Ban en Banlieue, Bhanu Kapil

For more information, email me at mka [at] mkimarnold [dot] com.

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Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Baring Threads: Textile-Inspired Performances & Closing Night Celebration {Jamestown, RI}

As part of Con/Textile/ized Exhibition: Fiber is the medium of our lives and memories. Fabric, pattern and texture literally paint our experiences and are in the background of every moment. This makes contemporary textile and fiber based art powerful in a way that allows the artist to push viewers conceptually because the medium is so inherently familiar.

Con/textile/ized presents artists working with textiles and surface design in unique ways as a vehicle to connect intimately with the audience. This show will take the viewer through a transition starting with functional textile work inspired by visual art. Next it will move you to fabric work that references wearable and usable textiles. All culminating with fine art work using fiber and surface as a jumping off point for its visual and conceptual expression.

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/151268045549922/

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Apr
27
10:30 AM10:30

Writing Room: A Generative, Collaborative Workshop {Boston, MA}

Loosely modeled on television writers' rooms, this session will engage participants in generating ideas and inspiration for each other. Each participant can bring a premise and a few details for a fiction project, and through lightly facilitated conversation, and writing prompts, we will imagine possibilities for characters, conflict, and plot. We will draw from personal experience and observation, and from the writing (and other art forms) that we love. Participants will leave the session with a rich pool of possibilities and notes to consider as they develop their next project.

For more information and to register, visit GrubStreet. 

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Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Curatorial Practices Panel at RISD Museum {Providence, RI}

Presented by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the RISD Museum, this panel will feature curators working in diverse situations -- from a large art museum to curating small, independent shows to curating programming and spaces without objects. Come learn what a curator thinks about as they are assembling a show, adding to a collection, and documenting, researching, and interpreting objects and events.

Mary-Kim Arnold will moderate this panel conversation, and it will include a question and answer session. While this event is free with museum admission, registration is required.

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Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

Writing Workshop as part of Providence Public Library's HairBrained Exhibition {Providence, RI}

As part of the programming for the Providence Public Library 2018 HairBrained Exhibition: Our hair can say a lot about how we see and present ourselves. In this generative writing workshop, we’ll use a series of prompts to write about hair. Whether it’s appreciating our own or that of loved ones, or exploring some facet of our own personal, social, or political history as expressed through hair, we’ll use our time together to write, revise, and share original short texts inspired by and in conversation with the HairBrained exhibit and our own lived experiences. 

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Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Litany for the Long Moment -- Book Launch! Art Party! {Jamestown, RI}

I'm thrilled to announce the publication of my first book, Litany for the Long Moment, alongside my first installation, (Re-)Dress: One for Every Thousand. 

Artist talk and reading, special guest readings, and book signing. Featuring Master of Ceremonies Matthew Derby and guest artists Sarah Baldwin and Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez.

Light refreshments and general merriment. 

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Apr
10
5:30 PM17:30

Providence Athenaeum Discussion Group: Jane, A Murder by Maggie Nelson {Providence, RI}

These women writers do it all. They write poetry, prose, incorporate image and collage. They are filmmakers, performers, visual artists, photographers, critics. They draw from multiple and varied traditions and disciplines, which influence, enliven, and animate their texts. They are formally inventive and playful, pushing the boundaries of their forms.

In this discussion group, we will consider six such writers: Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Maggie Nelson, Harryette Mullen, and Bhanu Kapil. Optional writing prompts will allow group members to experiment for themselves. While our discussion will focus on the works listed, the group leader will bring in additional works whenever possible to view and consider.

This groups meets the second Tuesday of the month, January-June, 5:30-7pm.

  • January 9 | Plainwater, Anne Carson. We will also look at Nox and Float.
  • February 13 | Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine. We will also look at Citizen, An American Lyric.
  • March 20 | Dictee, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. We will also look at selected art pieces.
  • April 10 | Jane, A Murder, Maggie Nelson. We will also look at The Red Parts and Bluets.
  • May 8 | Recyclopedia, Harryette Mullen
  • June 12| Ban en Banlieue, Bhanu Kapil

For more information, email me at mka [at] mkimarnold [dot] com.

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Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

St. Rocco's Reading Series for the Hudson River School {Catskill, NY}

In celebration of the recent release of Mary-Kim Arnold's "Litany for the Long Moment" and Karla Kelsey's "Of Sphere", Essay Press, in collaboration with St Rocco's Reading Series, will be hosting a reading in the New Studio at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, NY. 

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1774772472573289/

 

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Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry & Prose Party at AWP18 {Tampa, FL}

Join Tarpaulin Sky Press, Essay Press & Reality Beach for an evening of readings by some of the most exciting voices in literature, featuring:

Johannes Göransson
Piper Daniels
Jennifer S. Cheng
Shira Dentz
Mary-Kim Arnold
Carrie Lorig
Amie Zimmerman
Kenning J.P. Garcia
Dylan Krieger

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2014240805517667/

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Dec
3
8:00 PM20:00

LUNA LOBA: Moon of Floods, Part 2

I'll be performing a new piece that is part of my ongoing project, (Re-)Dress: One for Every Thousand.

LUNA LOBA is a performance and new genre series, rituals of transformation in tribute to the Full Moon; highlighting the work of female and gender neutral artists. Each night features 12+ artists of diverse mediums (performance art, video, spoken word/readings, sound/music, and performative installation). 

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