For part one of the Let’s Talk conversation series, curators Leora Fridman and Ellie Lobovits have invited Claire Grossman, Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young to discuss their current collaborative research on power and funding for creative projects during times of uprising. All three women are writers and activists.

Grossman, Spahr and Young will discuss their experience working collaboratively as well as talk about their individual projects. This participatory discussion will focus on what it means to think in conversation more broadly. Spahr and Young have collaborated for over ten years and their co-created work includes the book,  A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism.

About Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a three-part conversation series that explores collaboration through a feminist lens. Each event features a conversation between two (or three) feminist creators who work collaboratively. This hybrid project engages creators from disparate art forms – poetry, digital media, and/or movement– through dialogue about collaborative projects, shared passions or ongoing discussions.

Each conversation is at once a live collaborative work, as well as an honest reckoning with the resources and challenges that arise in collaboration. The conversants may choose to show their own work, but all will prioritize their work and ideas in conversation, the primary collaborative act, in real time and in public.

About the Speakers: 

Claire Grossman is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Stanford University. Grossman is also the co-curator of Cantíl, an Oakland-based reading series. She received her MA from Mills College in Poetry. 

Juliana Spahr earned a BA in Languages and Literature from Bard College and a PhD in English from SUNY Buffalo.In addition to teaching and writing poetry, Sphar is also an editor and political activist. Her most recent published book is That Winter The Wolf Came. She is the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library, which honors a poet whose art and teaching demonstrates great imagination. Spahr’s interests revolve around questions of transformation, language, and ecology.

Stephanie Young is a writer and teacher. She recently served on the bargaining team for the first Adjunct Professor union contract at Mills College. She is the founding Editor of  web project, Deep Oakland. Young’s books of poetry and cross-genre writing include Ursula or University and Picture PalaceHer interests include cross-genre and hybrid writing, poetry communities and movements, new media, documentary poetics, and performance. Young lives and works in Oakland.

About the Curators:

Leora Fridman is an writer, organizer and educator who works at the intersections of creative work and community care. Leora is the author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapter books, and is currently at work on a book of nonfiction. Her poems, prose and translations appear or are forthcoming in Tricycle Magazine, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat and Jacket2. She is a recipient of multiple grants and honors including a 2015 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a Dorot Fellowship. She collaborates widely with artists and organizations, and co-edits Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer.

Ellie Lobovits is an activist filmmaker, writer, producer and cultural researcher.Her work is one part art, one part social activism, one part cultural theory, and a million parts hybrid. Lobovits’ research, writing, and filmmaking focuses on borderlands, the body, and feminist theory. Ellie is also a photographer, farmer, and childbirth doula, and currently studies Visual Anthropology at San Francisco State University.

The Let’s Talk series is supported in part by a grant from the NEA.