Wednesday

Outbound Poetry Festival Launch

It was a blast to help debut the Outbound Poetry Festival during Poetry Month. Powerhouse Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher put together the week-long festival that was kicked off at Ulises by Philly Youth Poet Laureates Otter Jung-Allen, David Jones, Yolanda & myself. Also, I needed to leave soon after so as not to spend all my money. There's so many amazing art books in an innovatively curated space. Discover Ulises some weekend soon.


(L to R: unknown, Sydney Coffin, Jessica Johnson, Frank Sherlock, Yolanda Wisher, Li'l Theo, David Jones, Kerwyn Sutherland)


Network for New Music Collaboration

What a pleasure to work with Network for New Music! Together we shaped the Germantown Poetry Project, conducting workshops with composers, musicians, singers and neighborhood folks to put together pieces about city living. Collaboration from the gatherings culminated in a performance at the Philadelphia Free Library. I provided text for the pieces below, composed by Jay Fluellen and Eric Moe. I was blown away to hear their work in person. Special thanks to the innovative singers and musician that worked on the project, and Trapeta Mason- my poetry partner in the workshops.



Saturday

Trailer- History, Impact & the Magical Heartbreak


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I spoke with the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage about my fellowship experience and its impact on my poetic practice. Sometimes I sit. Sometimes I walk. 

#pewfellows25years #pewcenterforartsandheritage #writeyourblock #phillymurals #poetslaureateatwork #bensherman #askance #streetsofphiladelphia

Friday

Words on a Wing: Philly Loves Bowie

                                            (w/ Zoe Strauss & Lynn Bloom- photo by Jeffrey Sidelsky)

During a great night at the Free Library, I got the chance to talk Critchley, dividualism, Celan, utopian dystopias- and of course David Bowie. I also debuted a Scary Monsters-flavored poem composed for the event. It was a real pleasure to share the stage with DJ Robert Drake, Perry Genovesi, Toby Seayand Peter Humphreys. And, as always- a treat to run into these two. Thanks to Patti Brett for putting this whole festival together. 

#davidbowie #freelibraryofphiladelphia #scarymonsters #simoncritchley #zoestrauss

Saturday

The Beat Poets in the 21st Century


I joined Michelle Taransky, Maria Raha, Thomas Devaney and Chris McCreary in a conversation about the cosmic anti-fascism of the Beat poets & their restless place in the academy. I also share a Diane DiPrima poem written days after the death of Amiri Baraka. Thanks for having us, Julia Bloch & Kelly Writers House!

Monday

Dreaming in the Immaterial Age

LigoranoReese (Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese) installed their ice sculpture on Independence Mall during the DNC Convention. On July 25, the 35 feet wide X 5feet tall ephemeral structure melted away in a matter of hours. The artists employed a writers' residence on-site to work through the experience as tourists and conventioneers looked on.

My late afternoon contribution is entitled THE AMERI___ D____ (5:35pm)

Thursday

No Border No Cry en Español

                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                           
My recent piece reclaiming radical Irish solidarity with people of color is now available in Spanish. Mexico's TRANSTIERROS is featuring No Border No Cry. Thanks so much to Carlos Soto-Román for the translation.

Both the Spanish and English versions can be found here.