Eco-Justice for All! Reading with CAConradFriday, July 16, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This is a virtual-only event streamed on City of Asylum’s virtual platform, City of Asylum @ Home.
Run time: 60 minutes
About the performance:
City of Asylum is excited to present CAConrad, author of Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for Future Wildness in the series Eco-Justice for All! Poetry Confronts Climate Catastrophe. The Pennsylvania-born poet brings together poetry and ritual to contemplate life and the self from the cosmic to the mundane. Poet Laureate of Allegheny County Celeste Gainey will join CAConrad in conversation about their work and their approach to writing with environmental justice in mind. This reading will be live streamed at the City of Asylum @ Home virtual channel.
“If poetry is the interior, emotional landscape of our planet, then CA Conrad is our queer aurora borealis, illuminating how to live in, love, and care for the imperiled eco-system we humans have wrought; how to hold each other until, as Baldwin says, ‘the light goes out.'” –Celeste Gainey
About Eco-Justice for All! Poetry Confronts Climate Catastrophe:
How can poets use language to reveal, grapple with, even influence the urgent climate crisis and all those it affects? City of Asylum’s Poet Laureate of Allegheny County proposes an inquiry at the intersection of climate, social justice, and poetry. What happens when we explore this intersection in community to make a caring way through the Anthropocene? We invite you to join us in this questioning. View the Eco-Justice event line up here.
About the poets:
CAConrad has been working with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. They are the author of Amanda Paradise (Wave Books, 2021). Other titles include The Book of Frank, While Standing in Line for Death, and Ecodeviance. They received a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Believer Magazine Book Award. They teach at Columbia University in New York City and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Read more at their website here.
Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Allegheny County. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press), was runner-up for the prestigious Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey was the first woman to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a gaffer, and has spent many years working with light in film and architecture.