What I Was Doing Recently
Updated August 21, 2022
This is an archived version of a past Now page. For up-to-date info about my current doings please see my current Now Page.
Access Work, Teaching, Work of Art Classes
- With Springboard for the Arts I've facilitated several events centering artists with disabiliites in the last year. The most recent event on June 14, 2022 focused on daily practice, and featured Christi Furnas, Nancy Kingbird, and Michael Grace and Hannah Staats speaking about their work with Cow Tipping Press. Events for fiscal year 2023 will be announced in the next few weeks.
- Naomi Cohn and I facilitated a workshop in June 2022 for fellow COMPAS Teaching Artists on informal and formal access.
- I edited an anthology of visual art, poetry and prose by artists who practice at Avivo ArtWorks as a culmination of their work with COMPAS Teaching Artists.
- I am a 2022 Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Research Fellow. My project concerns letters written in the 1890s by a patient at Rochester State Hospital. Rochester State Hospital provided treatment for patients experiencing mental health difficulties.
- I also continue to facilitate Work of Art business skills for artists classes for Springboard for the Arts in a variety of settings, including for college students, Native Artists, in libraries, and for Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni.
- I have a zine for sale!
- I've been back on stage recently with stories at Strike Theater and in Wordslingers Way at Convergence, both in Minneapolis.
- I'm exploring a podcast idea or two.
- I'm still writing.
- I'm still collaging, for instance:
- I've been reading Saidiya Hartman's Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
- I'm still having epiphanous aftershocks from Sally Rooney's Beautiful World, where are you?
- I attended a memorial in early July for a good friend who died nearly two years ago, having lived with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis for more than a year.
- I continue to be a very private person, who also sometimes talks about my sex life on stage.
- I continue to avoid migraine triggers, and to adapt in a multitude of ways. I have significantly reduced the number of days I experience migraine per month, and am back to experiencing episodic rather than chronic migraine. I also successfully navigated the reasonable accommodation process in getting Zoom.us to make it so I could access their product without seeing any video.
- I am grateful that I can throw a small party now and then, and that people attend, and I'm grateful for my friends, for those I have standing time with, for the ways I continue to make my life something I'm at home in now.