“Whipping Tree” featured on The Slowdown! with Tracy K. Smith!Read More
Rachel Eliza Griffiths Reads W. S. Merwin
Rachel Eliza Griffiths joins Kevin Young to discuss “Rain Light,” by W. S. Merwin, and her own poem “Heart of Darkness.”
By Kevin Young
April 17, 2019Read More
Published in celebration of Rachel Eliza Griffiths' exhibition and appearance at Woodland Pattern this spring, bruise bullet flower documents the strength, vulnerability, and beauty of black, brown, and mostly queer-identified individuals living under the daily threat of gun violence in the United States. The chapbook features Griffiths' photography alongside poems from Reginald Dwayne Betts, Jericho Brown, Natalie Diaz, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Rickey Laurentiis, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Safiya Sinclair, Tracy K. Smith, R.A. Villanueva, and Phillip B. Williams.
The exhibition, chapbook publication, and a reading and talk by Griffiths were facilitated by Woodland Pattern's participation in What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy, the Poetry Coalition's third annual programming initiative on a theme of social importance.
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Cicero famously said, “Sweet is the memory of past troubles.” This bittersweet interplay that exists between remembered pain and joy is fertile ground for several of our authors. In “Flycatcher,” Aleksandar Hemon teases apart the subtle social navigations teenagers make, willingly or unwillingly, to distinguish themselves, and how these choices reverberate through time and memory. In Rachel Eliza Griffiths’s poem “Good Mother,” she writes, “We held on & praised the nameless thing / that makes us what we think we aren’t strong enough / to know.” The urge to stop time and with it a collective feeling, animates Maria Lioutaia’s story “Preservation,” in which Lenin’s preserved body begins to disintegrate and the mausoleum’s director turns to the living in order to suspend the inevitable.
As when you experience spring, when you read great writing you can feel as if there are powerful, unseen forces just below the surface. You can feel their pull, and you probably have a very strong sense of what they look and feel like. Sometimes it helps to have someone help you see and name them. Let our writers be your guide in this time of renewal and regeneration. Happy, or at least thought-provoking, spring.Read More
Made for Planned Parenthood's UNSTOPPABLE Campaign, where various female filmmakers were commissioned to take one part of their manifesto and craft a unique film. Director and honto88 founder Shruti Ganguly took #8 - "I stand up against bigotry, racism and sexism" and explored the notion of how movements begin - from one move, and tireless striving and determination, one can eventually change the minds and perspectives of others around and create a movement.
Director & Editor: Shruti Ganguly
Producer: Rachel Kessler
AP/Costume: Casey Kohlberg
Words: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Composer: Geminelle Rollins
Cinematographer: Valentina Caniglia
Choreographer: Francesca Harper
Steadicam Operator: Megan Masur
1st Assistant Camera: Chris Ritter
Camera PA: Joe Florentino
Camera PA: Brendan Bequette
Gaffer: Julia Gowesky
Key Grip: David Anthony
Swing: Liana George
Hair and Makeup: Aya Tariq
Hair and Makeup Assistant: Martha Jackson
Colorist: Pedro Padilla @ Rif Raf Creative
PA: Polina Buchak
Catering: Zi Khumbula
31.1 Winter/Spring 2019
Authors in this issue: Alan Ruiz, Jaquira Díaz, Gabrielle Bates, Victor Yang, Tiana Clark,Kenji C. Liu, Nick Greer, Mira Rosenthal, Katherine Evans, Saddiq Dzukogi, Derek Robbins,Martin Rock, Megan Giddings, Helen Betya Rubinstein, Katharine Bowdoin Barthelme, Ryler Dustin, JoAnna Novak, Josh Pazda, Jessie van Eerden, Emily Van Kley, Heather Christle,Kate Wisel, Corinna McClanahan Schroeder, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Hanif Abdurraqib, Thomas Dodson, Sophia Holtz, Selva Almada transl. by Samuel Rutter, Erika Meitner, Sacha Idell,Mi-Kyung Shin, Josh Tvrdy, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Amorak Huey, Patricia Restrepo,
Read “Heart of Darkness” in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/heart-of-darknessRead More