Description: (Soma)tic poetry rituals create an “extreme present” for our writing, spaces where we get to focus on nothing but the hidden poems already existing in the world where we stand. These rituals and their resulting poems will help us see the creative viability in everything around us and help us put an end our alienation from our planet as well as from one another and ourselves. 95% of poets stop writing due to stress of responsibilities and (Soma)tic rituals show us how to always build bridges back to our creative tools. Creative people are survivors and we will examine the important role of artists for the future health and happiness of our species. For samples of rituals, please see this link:
Lunch will be provided for participants.
Bio: CA Conrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. The author of 9 books of poetry and essays, the latest is titled While Standing In Line For Death and is forthcoming from Wave Books (September 2017). He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Ojbect and Ucross. For his books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films2016), please visit http://CAConrad.blogspot.com