It's National Poetry Month and we are celebrating local poet Rachel Economy's new collection, The Origins of Streams, with a round-robin of exciting voices. Rachel will be joined by Derek Economy, Emilie Lygren, Signature Soul, Jojo Donovan, and Nicole Mitchell. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.
About the Origins of Streams:
What happens if we imagine beyond the confines of what we are told is possible? This question runs through the hearts of the poems in Rachel Economy's The Origins of Streams. Glimmers of answers emerge in conversations and overlaps with animals, plants, the soil itself. The Origins of Streams invites the reader into sensory awakening as a human body within the bigger body of the world. Whether the topic is chronic illness, creation myths, heartbreak, or the ethics of big agribusiness, these poems queer and dissolve the (often artificial) separations placed between the human and non-human world. Love poems are populated with plants. Decomposition and the movement of matter become essential processes for reorganizing the world towards justice. Grief and loss offer richness and regrounding in ecological relationship between watersheds and human bodies. Food is a tapestry that grows and graces tables and words throughout. More than anything, these poems speak deeply to what being alive feels like, and what being alive could be. Moving from land-as-origin-story, through themes of dancing, apocalypse, animacy, and refuge, Rachel Economy immerses us in the body of now, and in the seeds of a fragmented and thriving future.
About the performers:
Rachel Economy is a poet-performer, design-thinking strategist, and visionary futures educator with her hands in the dirt. She is the owner of Index For The Next World, where she offers human-centered design consulting, garden skills-education, and story-publication for those seeking to build a just and thriving world. Her first poetry chapbook, The Origins of Streams, was published by Finishing Line Press in January of 2021. You can find more of Rachel's writing, videos, and work, at www.indexforthenextworld.com.
Derek Economy is Rachel's dad and an awesome poet in his own right. You can buy his book directly from Finishing Line Press. https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/in-the-flood-of-94-by-derek-economy/
Emilie Lygren is an educator, facilitator, and poet committed to building a more connected and just world. Throughout her career, Emilie has intentionally cultivated a broad range of teaching skills and expertise in curriculum development, science education, social-emotional learning, facilitation, learning theory, outdoor leadership, and culturally responsive teaching practices. https://emilielygren.com/product/what-we-were-born-for/
Jojo Donovan is a poet, facilitator, storyteller, and trauma worker who uses writing and ritual to connect survivors of abuse with our own body-brilliance, with each other, and with the living, animate world that is fighting for survival alongside us. Jojo is also a non-binary trans woman, a survivor, a priestess, a pleasure-monger, a word-witch, a mystic.
Nicole Mitchell is a queer, mixed-race white and Chinese woman. She teaches 2nd grade in Oakland, CA. Her poetry has appeared in Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. You can follow her on Instagram @nic.mitch.the.witch.
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What happens if we imagine beyond the confines of what we are told is possible? This question runs through the hearts of the poems in Rachel Economy's The Origins of Streams. Glimmers of answers emerge in conversations and overlaps with animals, plants, the soil itself.
WINNER OF THE 2021 BLUE LIGHT BOOK AWARD.
"THIS IS THE BOOK I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. For years. Emilie Lygren writes essential, elegant poems that help us live our lives and apprehend with deepest gratitude all the gifts surrounding us."
-Naomi Shihab Nye