Events

05/18/2020 - 05/22/2020

Writing As Healing During COVID-19

Location: Online
Sponsored By: Writing Program, Writing Center
Contact: i.sobralcampos@northeastern.edu

The Writing Program and Writing Center are thrilled to sponsor three weeks of online writing workshops for NU faculty, staff, students, and the community at large. How can we begin to process and account for our experience during this time of unrest, loss, and suspension? We believe that writing can be a powerful tool for reflecting and healing. We hope that these workshops will begin to provide a space for healing to happen.

Workshops are free, open to the public, and welcome writers of all levels and disciplines. Each workshop is a week long (Monday-Friday). During this time, participants will receive daily writing prompts and readings, which will culminate in an online session together at the end of the week. Those interested will receive feedback on a single piece of writing that they have produced during the week.

April 27 to May 1 – “Chronicle of Healing” with Cat Tyc

May 4 to May 8 –  “We Are All Sitting In Rooms” with Ed Steck

May 18 to May 22  – “Writing as Healing: Of Being Numerous” with Emmalea Russo

Register for any or all of these workshops. 

“Chronicle of Healing” with Cat Tyc

April 27 – May 1

In “Memory is Not a Test,” Cat Tyc writes “Losing a poem is akin to losing an arm, but supposedly they grow back, a phantom limb.” How can we account for what remains present through its persistent absence? What whispers spectrally, resisting erasure and discomfort within the construct of a wound whether it be physical or abstracted ? If we cannot see it, is it really happening ?

Over the course of the week, Tyc will offer daily readings and viewings to analyze the limbo space of healing to inspire prompts for a writing journal (that can be expressed with writing, digital media and audio, or a combination) that each participant will keep with reflections on the affective spaces we inhabit, and how to acknowledge their impact in our lives in this particular moment. At the end of the week, the group will meet online to discuss and share writing as well as complete an active listening writing session together. Some writers/thinkers/artists we will interact with include Pema Chodron, Nathanial Dorsky, Eileen Myles, Steve Reich and Laurie Spiegel, to name a few.

Cat Tyc is a writer/artist whose work exists on the precipice of poetic mediology. She has three chapbooks, An Architectural Seance {dancing girl press & studio}, CONSUMES ME (Belladonna* Collaborative) and I AM BECAUSE MY LITTLE DOG KNOWS ME (Blush Lit).  Her video work has screened in NY and internationally at spaces that include the Microscope Gallery, Anthology Film Archives, CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn Museum, Hauser & Wirth, and Kassel Fest. She has directed music videos that have been added to the rotation on LOGO’s NewNowNext and MTVu. She co-curates Poet Transmit which engages in the connections between poetry, transmission, and performance to explore textual practice and modes of transmission and how poetry exists in expanded fields of time. Events have been held at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Knockdown Center and MOMA Ps1. Cat Tyc is the Program Director of The Home School in Hudson, NY.

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“We Are All Sitting In Rooms” with Ed Steck

May 4 – 8

“We Are All Sitting In Rooms” presents an opportunity for thinkers in isolation to experience an opening into the outside world by interacting with everyday objects. Steck will ask participants to observe household objects around them and gather three to five objects that evoke various emotional responses. The workshop will be structured around a series of writing prompts that address connectivity with other living things, nature, and the larger world these everyday objects take part in. We will look at work by artists and writers that engage with the everyday, weather, video games, television, and online materials. Some of the artists and writers we will read, watch, and listen to include Maya Deren, Alvin Lucier, Alice Notley, and others.

Ed Steck is the author of An Interface for a Fractal Landscape (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Garden: Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulation (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Rose (with Adam Marnie, Hassla), sleep as information/the fountain is a water feature (COR&P), Far Rainbow (Make Now Books), A Time Stream in Spaces: The Cultic Parody of Time-Induced Capital (West), and The Necro-Luminescence of Pink Mist (Skeleton Man Press). His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a recipient of two Fund for Poetry Grants, the Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and an Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation. He lives in Massachusetts.

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“Writing as Healing: Of Being Numerous” with Emmalea Russo

May 18 – 22

In his epic objectivist poem, “Of Being Numerous,” George Oppen writes, “There are things / We live among ‘and to see them / Is to know ourselves’.” According to Oppen’s contemporary, Louis Zukofsky, objectivist poetics strives to treat the poem as an object while emphasizing sincerity, intelligence, and the poet’s ability to look clearly at the world. In this workshop, we will enter the space of Oppen’s poem and get to know it through a series of writing prompts meant to help us look deeper into our interior and exterior worlds. What does it mean to be numerous? How do we truly see that which we live amongst? We will forge a relationship with Oppen’s poem via daily generative and cumulative writing prompts. In our class meeting at week’s end, we’ll discuss Oppen’s poem and our own experiences spending time with this text while regarding sincerely our own interior and exterior environments.

Emmalea Russo’s books are G (Futurepoem) and Wave Archive (Book*hug). She was a writer in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the 18th Street Arts Center, and a visiting writer at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Parsons School of Design. Recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Artcritical, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, BUST, Cosmopolitan, HyperallergicLos Angeles Review of Books, and SF MOMA’s Open Space.

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