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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 10

Virtual Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin

film & video
April 17

Virtual Film Screening: The Collection

readings & workshops
April 19 - May 10

Intergenerational Self-Collaboration: A Multi-Arts Workshop with Paul McComas

readings & workshops
April 24

Virtual Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell + Jennifer Nelson + Ae Hee Lee

film & video
April 25

Virtual Film Screening: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker 

readings & workshops
April 29

Virtual Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera + Lara Mimosa Montes

Archived readings & workshops
Jun 6 June 6 - June 8
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy with Duriel E. Harris

Writing in the Light of Death: Withness & Experiments in Joy is a three day writing workshop at Lynden Sculpture Garden with writer-in-residence Duriel E. Harris.The residency will begin with a reading by Duriel E. Harris at Woodland Pattern on Wednesday, June 6th at 7 PM, and will culminate in a reading by participants, followed by a reception, at Lynden on Friday, June 8th at 6 PM.

Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, June 8 | 1-4 PM daily
$175 | $160 for members of either Woodland Pattern or Lynden Sculpture Garden
(includes a ticket to Duriel's reading at WP on Wednesday night)
(contact us about sliding scale rates)

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In this workshop we will sit with the vulnerability that accompanies our aliveness toward enriching our writing and art-making practices. Using the essay “The Light of Death” (Harriet Blog, April 2018) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2018/04/the-light-of-death and its associated terrain as anchor and springboard, we will explore the insights perceptions gleaned from our embodied experiences as material for Experiments in Joy. (For more on Experiments in Joy see here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2016/08/although-it-felt-like-a-confession-or-introducing-the-harri-blogject-the-harripog-and-other-experiments-in-joy)

Participants are encouraged to read the essay “The Light of Death” in advance and journal about what they find stimulating, provocative, and/or meaningful while reading. How have you contended with death or mortality? What responses to (human) suffering do you see in your writing? How do you work with this material to make art? Where have you found love where you thought none could abide?

Participants are invited to bring journal entries and poem drafts as well as pertinent, intriguing and/or provocative phrases, passages, verses, images, lyrics/songs by other writers/artists/thinkers to share and use in making/writing. We will explore these materials with an acknowledgment of the shared connection of interbeing, approaching our craft through practices of generosity and exchange.



Poetry Reading: Duriel E. Harris
Wednesday, June 6 | 7 PM
at Woodland Pattern Book Center
Give What You Can

Free entry for participants in Duriel’s workshop at Lynden

Closing Reading & Reception
Friday, June 8 | 6-8 PM
at Lynden Sculpture Garden

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to share writing they’ve developed during the workshop.

Refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.



Duriel E. Harris is a poet, performer, and sound artist. She is author of three print volumes of poetry, including her most recent, No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Nightboat, 2017), Drag (2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (2010). Multi-genre works include her one-woman theatrical performance Thingification, as well as Speleology (2011), a video collaboration with artist Scott Rankin. Recent and upcoming appearances include performances at the Lake Forest College Allan L. Carr Theatre, the Chicago Jazz Festival (with Douglas Ewart & Inventions), the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago), the Naropa Capitalocene, The Votive Poetics Workshop (New Zealand), and Festival Internacional de Poesía de La Habana (Cuba).

Cofounder of the avant garde poetry/performance trio The Black Took Collective, Harris has been a MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including BAX, Mandorla, The &Now Awards, Of Poetry & Protest, Ploughshares, Troubling the Line, and The Best of Fence; and her compositions have been translated into Polish, German, and Spanish. Harris earned degrees in Literature from Yale University and NYU, and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago Program for Writers.

The 2018 Offen Poet, Harris is an associate professor of English in the graduate creative writing program at Illinois State University and the Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.

See more on her website at durielharris.com

This program was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.