Magma poetry #79 on “dwelling” is a special issue funded by the arts council of england and the Ohio State university global arts + humanities discovery themes. The project is edited by Zoë Brigley, Kristian Evans and Rob A Mackenzie.
Magma 79 Launch Events
The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a very difficult time for writers, with bookings and events being cancelled. For that reason, we have created a number of free events open to the public and online
Fri 2 April 7 pm GMT / 2pm EST: Magma Poetry 79 Launch I
Sat 3 April 2pm GMT / 9am EST: Dwelling Craft Talk by Polly Atkin
Thurs 15 April 7pm GMT / 2pm EST: Magma 79 @ Seren Festival:Love in the Time of Corona
Sat 1 May 2pm GMT / 9am EST: Magma Poetry 79 Launch II
Fri 21 May 7pm GMT / 2pm EST: Magma Poetry 79: Poets & Scientists Talk Dwelling
Sat 22 May 4pm GMT / 11am EST: Dwelling Craft Talk by Vidyan Ravinthiran
Magma poetry 79 ethos
This issue on “dwelling” asks questions and seeks new possibilities for the way we, human beings, have been living. “Dwelling” means existing with the earth i.e. viewing the natural world with respect, and acknowledging it as an autonomous life-force beyond human possession. Since a global pandemic was declared, dwelling has taken on new significance, as communities seek ways to live in isolation. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has drawn into stark attention the fragility of human and natural worlds in which we dwell.
As part of funding from the Ohio State University Arts + Humanities Discovery Themes, there will be a variety of workshops with different communities around Ohio, using creative writing as a way to process the experiences of the pandemic.