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Speech is Not Free, Day 2: Poetry Workshops and Exhibit

Henry Miller Memorial Library

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Speech is Not Free, Day 2: Poetry Workshops and Exhibit

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Speech Is Not Free Day 2!

Saturday Workshops and Exhibit - an All Day Event

Please bring a pic nic - we have some coffee, tea and white wine...
(tickets for Day One: Dinner, Poetry, Music and Howl on Friday night please go HERE!)

Come for all or part of the day. 
Here's what's in store:  

10:00-11:45 AM
Riot Writing—Poems to start a Revolution: Poetry of Protest is Poetry of Witness generative workshop with Maria Garcia Teutsch. 

Poetry is written for any number of reasons, most often having to do with witnessing: the poet sees something so beautiful they want share it with the world, or perhaps the poet sees an injustice they want to give voice to—poetry of social consciousness. Working primarily with poetry of the latter ilk, we will examine Chicano/a poetry, Feminist poetry, Palestinian Poetry, Jewish poetry, Russian poetry, Syrian poetry etc… and then generate and share our own poems of protest.


12:30-2:30 PM
The Poem-in-Performance: A Workshop with Anne Waldman & Ambrose Bye Working with our melopoeia, -- the innate music of our writing -- we will let our poetry guide us into various performance strategies and modes of composition. We will be working with our voice, our timing, possible instrumentation, collaboration and the like. We will consider methods of sprechstimme (speak-singing), monologue, vocal duets, curses, spells, lullabies, blues, poem-as-libretto, and also consider how to shape the work on the page with its orality in mind. We will begin with some “experiments of attention” and work toward individual pieces we will then record on a CD. Participants may also bring a piece of their choice to class to work on, as well as instruments they can play. Musicianship is welcome! Discussion will include some performance theory.


2:30 PM...
Freedom to Read with Magnus Torén 
Informal talk with Executive director of the Henry Miller Memorial Library, Magnus Torén who will be giving an informal talk on Miller, free speech, censorship and where we are at today with regards to free speech. He will also present a small exhibit of some of rare books and manuscripts from the Library archives.

On display will also be an exhibit of rare books and other unique items from the Henry Miller Library’s archives.

Latest issue of Ping Pong is included in your donation of $25 or more.

About the artists:
Anne Waldman is the author of more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics, Anne Waldman is an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry movement, and has been connected to the Beat movement and the second generation of the New York School. Her publications include Fast Speaking Woman (1975), Marriage: A Sentence (2000), and the multi-volume Iovis project (1992, 1993, 1997). Her work as a cultural activist and her practice of Tibetan Buddhism are deeply connected to her poetry. Waldman is, in her words, “drawn to the magical efficacies of language as a political act.” Her commitment to poetry extends beyond her own work to her support of alternative poetry communities. Waldman has collaborated extensively with visual artists, musicians, and dancers, and she regularly performs internationally. Her performance of her work is engaging and physical, often including chant or song, and has been widely recorded on film and video.

Ambrose Bye, musician/producer grew up in the environment of The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University, graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz and was trained as an audio engineer at the music/production program at Pyramind in San Francisco. Working primarily with poets, he has produced four albums with Anne Waldman, "In the Room of Never Grieve", "The Eye of the Falcon", "Matching Half", and "The Milk of Universal Kindness". He also produced "Comes Through in the Call Hold" featuring Waldman, Thurston Moore, and Clark Coolidge. Recently he produced, "Harry's House" a compilation from recordings done at Naropa University and is working on Volume Two.

Maria Garcia Teutsch is an award-winning poet, editor and educator. Her most recent collection, The Revolution Will Have its Sky, received the Minerva Rising Chapbook award, Judge: Heather McHugh. She serves as editor-in-chief of The Homestead Review, Ping-Pong Magazine and Ping-Pong Free Press. She has been teaching poetry and creative writing classes at Hartnell College for the past 16 years where she received the Gleason Award for teaching excellence. Ilya Kaminsky says of Maria’s poetics: “The voices in her poems are direct and yet there is a certain mystery to this directness, this clarity of address. Clarity, the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish taught us, is the first mystery. She understands this too. Her poems can be devotional, or political or sexy, but there is always this sense of direct address, of clarity that isn’t all that simple, that contains a kind of tenderness, a kind of playfulness that is clear and mysterious at the same time.”

Henry Miller Library Director since 1993, Magnus Torén is responsible for creating a vital cultural and educational resource at the Henry Miller Library during the past twenty-two years. He holds a skipper's license and he spent the years between 1977 and 1984 (and 1994-95), delivering yachts across 5 of the seven oceans of the world. He made landfall in Big Sur and is married to Mary Lu. They have a son, Stefan, 25 years old. Stefan lives in Houston, Texas, where he serves in the US Coast Guard. Mary Lu and Magnus live on Partington Ridge in Big Sur where they try to keep as much eatible stuff as possible growing in the garden. 

Saturday evening performances by Bob Forrest and Ian Brennan. CLICK HERE

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The Henry Miller Memorial Library
The Henry Miller Memorial Library
48603 Highway One
Big Sur, CA 93920

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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Henry Miller Memorial Library

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a public benefit, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. The Library tries to do as little as possible since we are in Big Sur a place very well suited for doing nothing. It turns out to be difficult however because Henry Miller is egging us on to promote the things he believes make life worth living like good conversation, freedom of thought, good food, sex and art in all its forms; old, new, weird and varied! Welcome!

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