THE STRENGTH OF POETRY: (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals & The Antidote To Spiritual Crisis SPRING

THE STRENGTH OF POETRY: (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals & The Antidote To Spiritual Crisis SPRING

CA Conrad
Poetry
March 27 to March 31, 2017
Tuition Cost: 
$500
Class Size: 
12
Session: 
Spring
Level: 
1-Week Intensive

Poet CAConrad has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome destructive and debilitating depression after the murder of his boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes).  He has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade star constellations, another ritual to experience what the impact of hearing the word “drone” has on the human body, and many others from talking with trees, ghosts, translating Shakespeare’s sonnets with crystals, and coping with the destroyed wilderness of our planet.

We will look at our lives and where we fit into the world with the creation of rituals devised to produce the language for our poems.  We will work together to create a space of “extreme present” inside the rituals where being anything but present is next to impossible.  These rituals and their resulting poems will help us see the creative viability in everything around us and help us end our alienation from our planet and from one another.  Creative people are survivors and we will discuss the important role of artists for the future health and happiness of our species.

Biography

CAConrad has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome depression after the murder of his boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes). He has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade star constellations, another ritual to experience what the impact of hearing the word “drone” has on the human body, and many others from talking with trees, ghosts, translating Shakespeare’s sonnets with crystals, and coping with the destroyed wilderness of our planet.

His 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 Films 2016), please visit http://CAConrad.blogspot.com

He has taught (Soma)tic rituals to poets, other writers, dancers, and visual artists. His most recent teaching position is a 2017 spring semester Poetry Master Class at Columbia University in New York City. He has taught at the Jack Kerouac Summer Writing Program at Naropa University for the past seven years. He teaches regularly at Evergreen State College, Pratt Institute, the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam and the OSU creative writing program in Oregon. He has taught or will soon be teaching at Bard, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, CalArts, Pomona, California College of the Arts, University of Chicago, University of Wyoming, KW Museum in Berlin, CAC Museum in Vilnius, Zurich University of the Arts, Concordia University in Montreal, Warwick University in England, as well as institutions in Bergen, Toronto, and other cities.

Academic Year: 
2016-2017