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    Very excited to announce that the volume of Sinister Wisdom that I was asked to guest edit landed in mailboxes in July. The journal also celebrates 40 years of publishing in July! Read journal editor Julie Enszer’s essay about the issue here. To celebrate the launch, I’m organizing an event – details below.

    Cover art for the volume is by Clarity Haynes.

    Dixon Place Presents
    Launch Event for Sinister Wisdom 101 – Variations
    Facebook Event Page

    Date & Time: Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7.30pm

    Location: Lounge at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

    Featuring Selected Writers & Artists from the Volume:
    Alexis Clements
    Susana Cook
    Alexis Danzig
    Leah Gilliam
    Clarity Haynes
    Damien Luxe
    Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
    Sara Jane Stoner
    Stacy Szymaszek

    Other writers in the volume include:
    Elvis B, Trish Salah, Fran Winant, Dale Wolf, Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow, Imani Sims, Merril Mushroom, Erica Cardwell, Mothertongue Feminist Theater Collective, Rae Theodore, Barbara Ruth, and Liena Vayzman.

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    A friend posted recently to Facebook, thanking a 300+ year old tree in Philadelphia for lending her some of its energy in a difficult time. It’s a tree with many stories tied to it.

    I know that feeling well, at least the part about the tree. There’s a tree at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens that I have regularly visited over my years in Brooklyn — a giant London Planetree that is likely not nearly as old as that oak, but still throbs with its own stories and energy. Whenever I show it to someone new and wrap my arms around it, they never fail to mimic me, resting their checks on its surface, listening and holding with their whole bodies.

    That tree forms the apse of a large chapel created by a small but towering grove of Planetrees that perfectly demonstrate just what it was that all those early architects were aiming for with their cathedrals, lifting impossibly into the sky, arcs of light cutting through the buttresses and archways, humble humans gathered below in awe. I have sat and lain on the benches beneath that grove many times, in wonder and repose.

    How can you not love a tree? All the life it carries, the impossibility of its always-reaching form, everything that it has to offer.

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