MODES OF TRANS/MISSION:
Below you can find a list of offerings I’ve given at conferences, festivals, art and book fairs, in community centers, galleries and museums, libraries, activist spaces, printshops, bookstores, and in all sorts of liminal spaces both physical and virtual. You’ll also find some written framework here inviting you to learn more about what drives my facilitation / teaching philosophy and approach, which extends well beyond what we think of as “classroom” into and onto page, stage, archive, gallery, into relationship with body and nonhuman ally, and so on.
If you’re interested in working together and/or booking me, many of the below can be offered or customized for a variety of audiences and timeframes (and, of course, can be offered virtually, if and when needed). Please note that I am deeply committed to making this work accessible to all bodies and participants, and will work with you to ensure this happens for your space and community.
These give you a sense of what I’m often talking about or teaching, but I’m also open to other ideas. You can find more information about dates and locations for these offerings on the [HAPPENINGS] page. Many of these have sample texts or prompts which I can make available upon request.
Please contact me to discuss potentialities!
Any of these could be taught in person and/or online, as well as adapted as time and space allow. I am in the process of creating work-books and materials from some of these already; open source materials will be posted below as they become available. A new iteration of ALTER / ALTAR will be offered in 2021 through Liminal Lab.
ALTER / ALTAR I – MEMORY, MIRROR, MONUMENT, MAP [2017 at Bowery Poetry, 6 weeks]
ALTER / ALTAR II – SIGIL, SOMA, SCORE, SALVE [2019 at Poets House, 6 weeks]
ALTER / ALTAR III – ANIMAL, ANARCHY, ALCHEMY, ARCHIVE [2020 for Liminal Lab, 6 weeks]
BUILDING INTERPERSONAL INFRASTRUCTURES [2018 for SOHO 20 and The Operating System, format varies]
CARTOGRAPHIES OF ERASURE [2018 at Occidental College, w/ Alex Juhasz, 1-day intensive]
COLLABORATIVE PRECARITY BODYHACKING [2019, with storm budwig and Cory Tamler, for “resistance fantasies” at the Exponential Festival, 1 & 2-day intensives]
–> order the Collaborative Precarity Bodyhacking Work-Book and Guide here
DOCUMENTING PRESENCE PROTOCOL
emBODY WORK / STUDENT emBODY [2018, featured workshop at the Feminist Poetics, Emergent Pedagogies Symposium]
HOW TO HUMAN / DISRUPTOR MECHANISM PROTOCOL [at the Next Edge conference, Montreal, 2015, and for Performing Knowledge at the Segal Center, 2019]
LANDSCAPES OF POWER & SOCIOSPATIAL RESISTANCE [Part of my interdisciplinary media & criticism teaching for the Pratt Architecture Writing program, 2017-present]
PLATFORM : CREATIVE PRACTITIONER AS ACCIDENTAL ENTREPRENEUR [Part of Exhibit A: Re/Presentation and Re/Production at Launchpad BK, 2013]
POLYPHONIC INTERSUBJECTIVITIES: MYCELIAL ASSEMBLAGE BEYOND THE CAPITALOCENE [2020 for Liminal Lab, with special guests]
PRINT:DOCUMENT || ARCHIVING & PUBLICATION STRATEGIES FOR CREATIVES
RADICAL PUBLISHING AND ARCHIVING IN PRACTICE
SPECULATIVE IMAGINARIES :: RADICAL PRACTICES TOWARDS FUTURITY [Part of the Radical Practice Library for the Anarchist Bookfair & Bushwick Open Studios, 2019]
SPECULATIVE RESILIENCE FIELDWORK / SOMATICS
SPECULATIVE SPATIAL FUTURES / THE WORK OF WORLDING [Pratt Architecture Writing, 2017-Present]
SAMPLE ROUNDTABLES, LECTURES & PANELS
CAN THIS MACHINE KILL FASCISTS [2019, Boog City 13 Festival, at Bowery Poetry]
COMPLEX NARRATIVES: A VIDA VOICES AND VIEWS DISABILITY FOCUS INTERVIEW [2018, at the AWP Conference, Tampa FL]
CREATIVE SELF-HACKING FOR GROWTH in TRAUMATIC TIMES [2018, wildcard lecture for the Weirddd series, at Books Are Magic]
CREATIVE CAPITAL AND STRATEGIES FOR RESILIENCE [for The Operating System]
DECOLONIZE THIS CONFERENCE [2019, at Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and the Arts, at Wake Forest University, NC]
DOCUMENTATION AS SIGIL, SELF-HACK, & BLUEPRINT [2019 / 2020, lecture/performance of essay published in Matters of Feminist Practice, from Belladonna*]
FROM BELOW: POETRY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE [2019, at Interference Archive]
HEADS IN THE CLOUD: A CONSIDERATION OF POETICS AND TECHNOLOGY [2018, at the AWP Conference, Tampa FL]
HOW TO BUILD A FEMINIST PUBLIC [2019, for SOHO20]
LANGUAGING A FUTURE FOR LOVEPERSONS [2017-2021, alongside essay for the Transgender Narratives Anthology]
PUBLISHING 101 [2018-2021, for the Queens Public Library Indie Author Day]
PUBLISHING AS A TOOL OF RESISTANCE [2018, for Interference Archive]
QUEER WOMEN IN WRITING [2017, for Lambda Literary / NYC School System]
THE BUSINESS OF POETRY [2017, at Bowery Poetry]
TROUBLING (DIS)EMBODIED PRACTICE & PEDAGOGY in PRECARIOUS TIMES [2018-19, alongside Essay/Pamphlet for Urgent Possibilities/eohippus labs]
WHAT SECTION OF THE BOOKSTORE DOES IT GO? THE CHALLENGES OF MARKETING HYBRID BOOKS [2018, at the AWP Conference, Tampa FL]
WOMEN POETS STARTING OUT: THEN AND NOW [2016, for the Beat & Beyond Festival at Bowery Poetry and Howl! Happening]
WORKING ABUNDANCIES: WRITING IN THE MARGINS OF THE NEOLIBERAL UNIVERSITY [2018, for The &NOW Conference, at Notre Dame, IN]
WRITING ACROSS MULTILINGUAL NETWORKS [for &NOW, 2019, and AWP 2020]
PEDAGOGY, PUBLIC LEARNING, AND OPEN ACCESS RESOURCE BUILDING:
As a member of the increasingly disposable academic precariat, as tenure track positions dwindle, I have much of spent my “career” operating without employer-provided benefits, with no job security, and with an income less than 50% of that deemed “officially” necessary to sustain rent and expenses for a 1 bedroom apartment in New York City. As such, I am one of many educators who have felt the pressure to tailor our work to the demands of academia lest we risk losing even this foothold onto a position many still clamor for in a scarce and scary market. However, I decided long ago that I was dedicated to working and teaching here in New York, living in Brooklyn (where I grew up), and that I would prefer to make sure I had enough money for rent by working in the service industry, and creating other opportunities for scholarship, creative practice, and engagement outside the academy, often in tandem with social justice and organizing work; that strategy is how I’ve landed where I am today. (Ironically, it has often been after creating this work outside institutions that those institutions find me a more attractive candidate.)
That being said: I am grateful to continue to work with and to have worked with wonderful colleagues both in and outside of institutions, and to have had the privilege of access to academic libraries and other resources via working in institutions, but that system’s refusal to evolve into one that isn’t exploitative and dangerous to both employees and students means that I believe it either needs to make radical changes or be transformed into something new entirely. Or, perhaps, it will look more like other systems emerging in parallel, entirely outside that system, as notions of “validation” and “accreditation” continue to erode in meaning and operable value. On this note, in keeping with the Buckminster Fuller quote I’ve repeated over and over for twenty years, I do believe that the most vital course of action comes from no longer attempting to “fix the broken model,” instead, building “new models that render the old one obsolete.”
Beyond the academy, I’ve been committed to public learning and the implementation of open resource distribution outside of institutional settings for over two decades. In 2020, I realized a longstanding plan to develop an open access peer learning platform in the form of Liminal Lab, operating under the umbrella of The Operating System, the project / community I founded and run. It’s important to understand perhaps that what may have been publicly legible as / assigned the label of “running a press” or “publishing,” which has been the OS’s most visible output over these years, has always been framed in this public exercise as an experiment in the collective making and producing of “print-documents.” This process (which has centered the re-imagining of commons infrastructure, as well as the training / encouraging of makers across disciplines to document, disseminate, design and archive works of their own) has always been something I’ve approached (and often describe) as an archive-facing exercise, and an intentional troubling / exploding out of curatorial space.
This troubling was reverse engineered back into the exhibition / gallery space for Exhibit A: Re/production and Re/presentation, which I curated and installed at Launchpad in Brooklyn NY in June of 2013. Exhibit A explicitly posited the creative practitioner as “accidental entrepreneur,” and brought print-document, Exhibit-A “branded” versions of work across disciplines onto walls as well as onto a range of e-commerce materials, asking questions about permission, the writing into the archive of value and cultural story, craft, and forms of value-making.
For many years, building towards our current pivot towards a fully decentralized Open Source public utility, I’ve been developing, gathering, and distributing Open Access Resources through the OS, which are now available here. In that resource base you’ll find resources and tools for social justice, mutual aid and solidarity work; to support your creative practice; peer-to-peer (P2P) strategies for commons for organizational and community operations; the OS’s full Open Access Library / downloadable listing of Creative Commons publications; and Open Project Resources & Policies. These are documents and prompts I’ve created over the years for use by OS collaborators, through the cohort model (which functions essentially like a fellowship group for each year of projects the OS produces). The whole OS project has been designed as a scalable infrastructure, and essentially what’s now able to happen is that after years of R&D with individual projects and cohorts running production with my guidance, I’m concretizing, articulating, and archiving the intelligence of those processes into materials for Open Source use by practitioners, communities, schools, and other organizations.