Insurgent Alchemy: A Workshop with Anne Boyer

Saturday & Sunday, December 10-11, 2016

Insurgent Alchemy: A Workshop with Anne Boyer, Dec. 9-11, 2016

Presented in collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center.

Fee: $65/$60 for members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern (one discount only).
Registration: Space is limited; advance registration required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden & Woodland Pattern Book Center host poet & essayist Anne Boyer for Insurgent Alchemy, a two-day workshop held at Lynden. As fall writer-in-residence, Boyer will give a reading at Woodland Pattern on Friday, December 9.

Insurgent Alchemy is a workshop in the poetics of alchemical insurgency and the insurgent alchemical. How do we take what we already have and turn it into what we want? What do we do with what we want when we get it? Over two days, we will conduct research into varieties of transformation and their literary possibilities and impossibilities, including but not limited to experiments in transmuting texts, investigatory desiring, diamond gleaning, trash eating, temporal dislocation, spatial disruption, and conceptual metabolisms. Participants are encouraged to bring old journals, correspondence, notes, images, natural objects, problematic texts, and other used, worn out, or impossible materials from which to work.

About Anne Boyer

Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist whose books include The Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women which Maureen McLane described in The New York Times as “a sad, beautiful, passionate book that registers the political economy of literature and of life itself.” Boyer’s work has been translated into a number of languages including Icelandic, Spanish, Persian, and Swedish, and in the spring of 2013, her chapbook, A Form of Sabotage, was published by the theory collective Kült Neşriyat in Turkish translation. Boyer’s other chapbooks include Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse, Art is War, and The 2000s. With Guillermo Parra and Cassandra Gillig, she has translated the work of 20th century Venezuelan poets Victor Valera Mora, Miguel James, and Miyo Vestrini. With K. Silem Mohammad, she was a founding editor of the poetry journal, Abraham Lincoln. Boyer is a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college of Art and Design, where she teaches writing, literature, and theory in the school of the Liberal Arts. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dates at Lynden: December 10-December 11

Saturday, December 10 - 1-5 pm
Sunday, December 11 - 10 am-12 pm (followed by a reading and reception at 1 pm)

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Friday, December 9 - 7 pm
Reading: Anne Boyer & Juliet Patterson
$8 General | $7 Students & Seniors | $6 WPBC Members
FREE for participants in Insurgent Alchemy
This event takes place at Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St. Milwaukee, WI 53212.

Sunday, December 11 - 1 pm
Workshop Reading & Celebration
Participants in the workshop will offer a reading of work produced during the week followed by a reception.
This event takes place at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Both events are open to the public.

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