I'm making the trip down south for the fest with my colleague and homegirl Monica McFawn, whose work ranges from award-winning fiction, screenplays, satire, and visual art. As an artist also working in multiple genres and mediums, McFawn and I share similar obsessions. This is why we're teaming up as co-facilitators of Untitled Town Session on 4/21 (12-1:15 pm) titled, "Multiple Mediums/Multiple Exits: Reinvigorating Writing and Craft Through Interdisciplinary Arts." Our summary reads:
In Zen Buddhism, the concept of shoshin, also known as "beginner's mind," refers to the lack of preconceptions and an attitude of openness that come with learning a new skill or subject for the first time. We're not here to talk about Buddhism, but we are here to talk about what happens when two writers expand their artistic mediums to include working with film, sound, comedy, and the visual arts. In this dialogue, writers Patricia Killelea and Monica McFawn share how moving beyond page-based writing re-introduces "beginner's mind," invigorating approaches to writing, storytelling, and lyricism.
In addition to my panel with McFawn, I'm giving a solo poetry reading on 4/21 at 4:30 pm in Aardvark Wine Lounge as part of Untitled Town's Literary Lounge Series. You can expect to hear poems from my collection, Counterglow, as well as some older work from Other Suns. Earlier that day I'm also throwing my two cents into a discussion panel titled, "Poetry in a Postmodern World." The roundtable is moderated by David Coury, and includes myself and co-discussants Christine Swanberg, Oscar Oswald and Rebecca Lehmann.
I'm so excited to go somewhere that isn't covered in snow. Hope to see some of you there!