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CA Conrad

(Soma)tic Poetry Workshop

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 12:00-2:00pm

Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, Wilder House

(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.

Lunch will be provided for participants.

Please note that CA will also do two further Poem Present events:

Poem Present reading on Wed, Jan 25 @ 6pm / Logan Center, Room 801.
+ Poem Present lecture on Thurs, Jan 26 @ 1pm /Logan Center, Room 801.

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

This event is co-sponsored by UChicago’s Creative Writing Program.