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Living Writers Series Spring 2022

The UCSC Literature Department and Creative Writing Program Present: LIVING WRITERS SERIES SPRING 2022: CELEBRANT: SOUND ACTIONS showcases interdisciplinary writers who deeply engage in various sonic forms, whether the libretto and the operatic, sound and visual art, acoustic music and songwriting, or embodied meditations to explore the possibilities in being attentive to sound, as action and celebrant through writing. This hybrid series features an array of writers and artists who work across several modes (text, multi-media, meditation, and performance) exploring what happens between sound and/as verbal language, rendering its effects and configurations through poetry, prose, and sound inspired and activated interdisciplinary writing practices.

Sponsored by The Puknat Literary Endowment, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, The Laurie Sain Endowment, The Humanities Institute, and Bookshop Santa Cruz.

Thursdays at 5:20pm in the Humanities Lecture Hall. The public is invited to join April 14th, April 28th, and May 12th events on Zoom

More on this event series here.

April 14th: Janice A. Lowe
Virtual Reading on Zoom, register here
Janice A. Lowe she/her, is a composer-poet and vocalizing pianist. Noted for playing piano while intoning poetry, her work has been recognized by Creative Capital, City Artists Corps and The Rauschenberg Foundation. She is a former fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice, University of Pennsylvania. Lowe is the author of Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal and SWAM. Her poems/sound pieces have been published in journals and anthologies including Callaloo, Interim Poetics, Best American Experimental Writing, Solidarity Texts: Radiant Resister and Solstice. Read more here

April 28th: Samuel Ace
Virtual Reading on Zoom, register here 

Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is the author of several books, most recently Our Weather Our Sea and the newly re-issued Meet Me There: Normal Sex and Home in three days. Don’t wash. He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writer Award and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in Poetry, as well as a multi-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in Poetry, ARC Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental PoetryThe Academy of American Poet’s Poem-a-DayPoetry Daily, We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, and many other journals and anthologies. Read more here.

May 12th: Soham Patel 
Virtual Reading on Zoom, register here
Soham Patel: A daughter of immigrants to the U.S. by way of Uganda, India, and the United Kingdom, I was born in Lincoln, England and raised in rural North Dakota. I am the author of the poetry collections to afar from afar (The Accomplices), ever really hear it (Subito, [winner of the 2017 Subito Prize, chosen by Mathias Svalina]), the forthcoming all one in the end—water (Delete, 2022), and the chapbooks and nevermind the stormNew Weather Drafts (Portable Press @Yo-Yo Labs), and in airplane and other poems (oxeye press). I am an editor at The Georgia Review and Fence. Read more here.

May 26th: Gina Athena Ulysse
In Person Event at Humanities Lecture Hall
Gina Athena Ulysse is an artist-scholar and Professor of Feminist Studies. In her ongoing crossings and dialogues between the arts, humanities, and the social sciences, she engages in a practice of rasanblaj—the gathering of ideas, things, people, and spirits. Her last book, Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD (2017) was long-listed for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award and received the 2018 Best Poetry Connecticut Center for the Book Award. She was the invited editor of "Caribbean Rasanblaj," a double issue of e-misférica journal. Her articles, essays, and creative work have been published in Feminist Studies, Gastronomica, Interimpoetics, Liminalities, Meridians, Third Text, etc. She has also performed at The Bowery, The British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Gorki Theatre, LaMaMa, Marcus Garvey Liberty Hall, MoMA Salon, and the MCA. In 2020, she was an invited artist to the Biennale of Sydney, Australia. More info on: Read more here.

Leaving Cle Poems of Nomadic Dispersal By Janice A. Lowe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781881163596
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Published: Miami University Press - April 19th, 2016

To Afar From Afar By Soham Patel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948700016
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Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - March 8th, 2018

Ever Really Hear It By Soham Patel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780998859446
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Published: Subito Press - November 15th, 2018

Because When God Is Too Busy: Haiti, Me & the World By Gina Athena Ulysse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819577351
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - April 7th, 2017

Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle By Gina Athena Ulysse, Robin D. G. Kelley (Other) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819575456
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - May 25th, 2015