JUNO: An Online (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop

JUNO: An Online (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop

CA Conrad
June 5 to June 30, 2017
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4-Week Workshop

Every living person is creative, but many people stop using their artistic skills when the routines of career, family and the many stresses of survival take hold of our lives.  We will discuss how having an active, vibrant creative life keeps us innovative to enhance every decision we make and everything we do.

(Soma)tic rituals help us see the creative viability in everything around us by generating a space of “extreme present” where being anything but present is next to impossible.  We will create rituals to write together for the month of June, the month named after Juno, Queen of the gods who helps us lead our own lives and approach change with an adventurous, visionary excitement.  We will also build personalized rituals to suit each student’s particular needs, writing inside the structures of life’s challenges to show how we can be imaginative no matter what comes our way.

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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.