Millay Colony for the Arts

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Weekend Workshop in NYC with Rachel Levitsky and Christian Hawkey

A Workshop from the Office of Recuperative Strategies with Rachel Levitsky and Christian Hawkey

April 14 & 15 AND performance/documentation on April 28

In this workshop, Christian Hawkey and Rachel Levitsky, co-founders of the Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS) will share their research into strategies that intervene and repurpose the brutality of technocapitalism's obsession with speed, newness, able-bodiedness, originality, and innovation. Our focus as a class will be to encourage a memory-based politics that draws on poetic thought to invent new fields of vitality, desire, and dwelling. A wide range of recuperative strategies and media will be supported in this workshop (bring all ideas and projects in process!), including such practice-based interventions as archive investigation, field-research and recording, digital sampling, and the realignment of author/reader, subject/object positions. Writers of all genres are welcome. Participants will be sent an advance list of links to existing recuperative strategies and supportive texts. The workshop will document research and creative production and will conclude with a performance!

+The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS) is a mobile organization that explores ways to affirm and promote the cultural reuse, perversification, reanimation, revivication and reparation of extinct, endangered, correctable cultural phenomena.

Christian Hawkey has written two full-length poetry collections (The Book of Funnels and Citizen Of, both from Wave Books), four chapbooks, and the cross-genre book Ventrakl (2010, Ugly Duckling Presse). In 2006 he received a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award. In 2008 he was a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellow. He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. His own work has been translated into over a dozen languages.

Rachel Levitsky is the author of Neighbor (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Under the Sun (Futurepoem Books, 2002), and DEARLY (A+Bend Press, 1999). Her book The Story of My Accident Is Ours is forthcoming from Future Poem Books. In 1999, Rachel started Belladonna* as a reading series at the Bluestockings Women's Bookstore. She is now a founding member of the Belladonna* Collaborative.

This is a Millay Colony for the Arts Weekend Workshop at the Trisha Brown Studios in Manhattan. These two-day/eight-hour workshops offer intensive sessions with some of the most exciting teaching artists around.

Weekend Workshop Schedule: We will begin each four-hour class at 11:30 AM with coffee, tea and a lot of ideas about a lively, focused, smart writing and art practice. Total workhop time is eight hours or sixteen hours for a double class. Lunch is served at each class and the day ends at 3:00 PM.

Weekend Fees: $350 for the full three dates.

To Apply: Send a letter of introduction including a brief bio with a $50 deposit. Also include a work sample (10 pages of writing or links to online work). Applicants will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Send to: The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. For more information contact Caroline Crumpacker at 518-392-4144 or

Workshop Location: Trisha Brown Dance Studios, 465 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013

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