here is a small portfolio of poems i made for a workshop course i took over the spring semester at ku with megan kaminski and some cool helpful classmates. the collection is called i went outside because i wrote many of the poems while i was outside. i had a statement of poetics with it but idk where it went? shruuuugs anyway i hope u enjoy it.
here’s a link to a manuscript i made called some queer shit. it’s mostly about queer anarchism and queer ecology.
here’s my statement about it:
I think my manuscript “Some Queer Shit” best reflects my creativity because it is the most interdisciplinary work I have to offer. It’s an assemblage of poetry, critical and philosophical musings, personal accounts, and visual art. Most of the content was produced by me, and I did all the work compiling it, but it also contains work from my sister and closest friends and, as well as cooperative work done with colleagues originally produced for other spaces and events like the Manhattan Experimental Theatre Workshop. I’ll try to provide a concise list of everyone who contributed to the project and would love to share recognition for the award if it comes to that! Beyond that though, I think the work questions dominant notions of authorhood and originality, and subverts the trope of artist as an individual genius that exists outside of encounter with others and social and political systems.
Furthermore, I think the work’s tactility – which is why I am submitting it in person – is important because it makes the work more personal and intimate when read by an audience. I love the manuscript as an object, a sculpture, and ways it can interact with readers beyond merely being read. I like how it looks when it sits on a table, I’ve been reading about the material sublime and a potential resurgence of ‘the real’ through the corporeal and so maybe you can see how queerness and ecology and anarchism manifest in my life personally (as a pansexual polyamorous gender-nonconforming lil thang) by touching the things that I have touched and getting glitter and chalk on your fingers and messing with the iPhone cord I bound some of the book with. It’s super fun, and I learned a lot while making it, so it blurs lines between academic and creative, process and content, form and content, public and private spaces, and the line between work and play, which is all critical to moving towards a more queer-friendly conceptualization of nature that embraces difference as a point of unity—which is important because nature is sort of a stand-in for our broader ontological orientation toward others, a la the ‘human nature’ debate. But really I just think it’s cool and funny so I hope you like it too!
People who contributed:
Hobby Lobby, sadly
Reid Beer, my old roommate who let me use his printer
Sarah Ngoh, it was for her class
Melody Peacock Barnett, my grandma who gave me the calendar I cut up
A bunch of professors at the Queer Ecology Summit 2015
Flora Riley, who gave me many art supplies
Whoever wrote the anonymous anti-copyright zine “Queer Anarchism”
Olivia Bashaw, my sis
Creator of many anon memes
And here’s some other releases about my work!