CA Conrad

CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.  He is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays, the latest is titled While Standing In Line For Death from Wave Books (September 2017).  He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Ojbect and Ucross.  For his books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (from Delinquent Films 2016).  He has taught (Soma)tic rituals to poets, other writers, dancers, and visual artists.  His most recent teaching position is a 2017 spring semester Poetry Master Class at Columbia University in New York City.  He has taught at the Jack Kerouac Summer Writing Program at Naropa University for the past seven years.  He teaches regularly at Evergreen State College, Pratt Institute, the Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam and the OSU creative writing program in Oregon.  He has taught or will soon be teaching at Bard, Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, CalArts, Pomona, California College of the Arts, University of Chicago, University of Wyoming, KW Museum in Berlin, CAC Museum in Vilnius, Zurich University of the Arts, Concordia University in Montreal, Warwick University in England, as well as institutions in Bergen, Toronto, and other cities.  Author website:   At the Academy of American Poets   At the Poetry Foundation

Workshop:  Janus (Soma)tic Poetry

(Soma)tic rituals help us see the creative viability in everything around us by generating a space of “extreme present” where being anything but present is next to impossible.  We will create rituals to write together with a focus on January, the month named after the two-headed god Janus, the god of bridges, doorways and other portals.

CAConrad has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome depression after the murder of his boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes).  He has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade star constellations, another ritual to experience what the impact of hearing the word “drone” has on the human body, and many others from talking with trees, ghosts, translating Shakespeare’s sonnets with crystals, and coping with the destroyed wilderness of our planet.

Talk:  Occult Poetics

How occult and paranormal experiences and practices by poets of the past show us the way to trusting these same forces are also at work today.