What I'm Up to Now
Updated Tuesday June 27, 2023
- With Springboard for the Arts I share expertise with other artists, facilitate business skills for artists classes and create events engaging artists with disabilities. To learn more about my work with individual artists please visit the Springboard Artist Career Consultant page.
- There will be a festival of all of Mixed Blood Theatre's 12x12 program, coming up in August 2023. Do check out what the other artists are doing now. The April 1, 2023 disability community performance that we did at Powderhorn Park in a snow storm will be remounted as part of the 12x12 performance festival August 19-20, 2023 in Minneapolis.
- My time as a 2022-23 Gale Library Research Fellow with the Minnesota Historical Society is coming to a close. I'll be sharing more of this work in the coming months. This research is for my Letters Never Sent project about a state hospital patient in the 1890s.
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- I'm one of the jurors for an exciting new exhibit at Rochester Art Center. Chronicles of the Chronic will be on view August 26, 2023 through April 3, 2024 in Rochester Minnesota.
- I am available for speaking opportunities, especially related to disability, and for teaching artist residencies. If you have something in mind, please reach out.
- I've added a few cards to my shop.
- Another new experiment, called Selfitudes, is a love letter to the selfie, an exploration of why they're often devalued, and a meditation on all sorts of personal things. To get issues via email please sign up for a free subscription.
- I have launched a Patreon featuring my stories about the Craigslist personals that also includes some art and a wider context into what the personals did and where they came from. I am exploring ways to keep this work going and will have some exciting updates soon.
- There are essays in the works. You'll know more soon.
- There are also new collages, new zines and new visual work that will be public very soon.
- My existing zines are also available at Fresh Eye Gallery in Minneapolis. Stop in their south Minneapolis location to buy your own copy and check out their current exhibition Embodied Material while you're there, through July 29.
- I'm noticing my life has laughter in it again. I'm so glad its back.
- I continue to address challenges in a variety of ways, with a variety of supports.
- Migraine update: I have not had a full-blown migraine since January 2023. I continue to reduce exposure to triggers, and to care for myself in a variety of ways.
- It's sunny in Minneapolis.
- It has been three years since the murder of George Floyd and the resulting uprising. I hope we all remember him and the activism after his death. One way to do that is to revisit the Minnesota Human Rights investigation report and consent decree, in addition to the new federal Department of Justice report, and continue to stand against racism in our communities and with those most affected. This article from Samuel G. Freedman for The New Republic shows some of the historical context.
- I'm up to a lot of really cool things, many of which are updated elsewhere on this site.
- I'm going to post to social media more often even though I get scared when I feel too public. I keep repeating the mantra, 'feel the fear and do it anyway'.
- Hawona Sullivan Janzen and her amazing University of Minnesota thesis show from earlier this year.
- I've been listening to the Murdaugh Murders Podcast since the second or third episode. It is now named True Sunshine. Mandy Matney and Liz Farrell are such intrepid, pesky, investigators. I'm also fascinated with the new title, positioning their reporting on a true crime as not exactly within the genre of True Crime as we know it.
- Josh Hallmark's pivot to Studio Both/And unifying the many shows he's produced over the years, and the choice to spin The Pact off from the third season of True Crime Bullsh** are also fascinating ways of doing ethical true crime.
- I recently learned about Leah Harris' work and got to meet up with her recently. Her writing, including Bedlam: Public Media, Power, and the Fight for Narrative Justice, 'You Can't Coerce Someone Into Wanting to Be Alive': The Carceral Heart of the 988 Lifeline both at Mad in America and Defining What it Means to Care at The Progressive, is fascinating, gives me courage, and makes me feel less alone.
- It's Pride!