So it is nearly time for Halloween, Samhain, the Day of Dead, All Hallow’s Eve. Whatever you call it, it’s a witchy time of year, and I have plans for organizing and attending some great literary events.
First up, this Monday 26th, I have booked my ticket to attend a great event from Electric Literature: “How can magic dismantle the idea that literature about women is fundamentally frivolous? On October 26 at 6pm EST, EL executive director Halimah Marcus will talk to Marie-Helene Bertino (Parakeet) and Elissa Washuta (White Magic) about how their work employs magic to frame women’s experiences, heal trauma, and reprocess deep-rooted emotions.” Buy tickets here.
Then on Friday 30th October, 7pm GMT (2pm EST) I am reading at the launch of the Dead Women Poets special issue of Modern Poetry in Translation. I will be going there with my totally wild translations of erotic Medieval poet Gwerful Mechain. Reading with Natalie Linh Bolderston and Jessica Wood. Register attendance here for free.
On Saturday 31st itself, I have a busy day, but I am hoping to catch at least part of the Ignota Books event, Spells Poets, with Rachael Allen, Bhanu Kapil, Daisy Lafarge, Hoaxing Nguyen, Nisha Ramayya, and Rebecca Tamas. It’s at 7pm BST/ 2pm EDT/ 11am PDT. “Join us on this hinge night—a magical in-between place where time changes meaning, and past, present and future are one—to celebrate Ignota’s second birthday and the anniversary of the publication of Spells: 21st-Century Occult Poetry with readings of poetry, prose and the tarot. This event also celebrates the publications of Life Without Air by Daisy Lafarge and Strangers by Rebecca Tamás ❤ For more information and to book (pay what you want).”
Finally, on Sunday 1st November, I have organized for Sinister Myth a very special post-Halloween, pre-election poetry reading with 7 poets from the US and UK. It’s at 7pm BST / 2pm EST. The poets are Sarona Aubuaker, Sascha Akhtar, Ruth Awad, myself, Mari Ellis Dunning, Melissa Studdard, and Christina Thatcher. Hope to see you there – you can sign up for a free ticket here.