Exercise #9: Hatching / Cross-Hatching
I am honored to be a part of Wa Na Wari – a collective of artists reclaiming space for Black art and media, storytelling, and community cartography in Seattle’s Central District. Come visit the art gallery Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm, check out our on-going live music and houseparty shows!
Here’s an interview about this upcoming Hugo House Literary Series reading with Jericho Brown and Porochista Khakpopur, where I talk about The Male Gaze, God watching you, and how maybe we could lock those two in a staring contest and go about our revolution. Jericho questions “whether there is such a thing as ‘universal’ and whether experiences that are not universal can be rendered as the so-called sublime.”
Come hear us read!
Hugo Literary Series: Jericho Brown, Porochista Khakpour, Rachel Kessler
November 10 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Fred Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont Ave East) | 21+ | Doors open at 6:30 pm
General: $25 | Hugo House member: $20 | Student (with ID): $12
The 2017-2018 Hugo Literary Series coincides with our move to a new and permanent home on the same site where we first opened our doors over 20 years ago. In this same spirit of development and growth, we’ve commissioned new work on themes of real estate—from the pragmatic issues of property value to the more nebulous idea of place.
Award-winning poet Jericho Brown; critically acclaimed writer Porochista Khakpour; Seattle-based poet, performer, and one-half of the Vis-à-Vis Society, Rachel Kessler; and musician Katie Jacobson will present new and original work on the theme of “Area Protected by Neighborhood Watch.”
Books will be for sale through Elliott Bay Book Company and Open Books: A Poem Emporium.
Perhaps I will show some slides of some experimental maps I made:
(photo credit Maude Deslauriers)
FM 88.5 KNKX interviewed me about Yesler Way and the Kesslers on it. Listen to me read an excerpt from “Profanity Hill: A Tour of Yesler Way” (anthologized in Ghosts of Seattle Past) and talk about gentrification and uncovering lost history.
(Herman “Pop” Kessler, Klondiker and my great-great-grandfather)
Seattle Civic Poet the brilliant Claudia Castro Luna included one of my poems on her culminating Seattle Poetic Grid project. I wrote “Another ‘Rehab” In the CD” in one of her drop-in poetry writing sessions at the library. This poem is located on 26th Ave and Yesler Way:
From the press release:
“Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, launches a poetry map of the city. Seattle Poetic Grid (www.seattlepoeticgrid.com) is an interactive poetic cartography of the city and a culmination of Castro Luna’s two-year Civic Poet residency. The Grid brings Seattle’s poetic side to light. The project is intended to remain as a living testament of the city, and includes a link for those who would like to make their poetic contributions.”
And here’s some of my maps of Yesler Way from my installation at Vermont Studio Center:
(photo: Maude Deslauriers!)