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“Taking Your Voice for a Walk” with Emily Skillings

Prismatic Park Writing Workshops

Jul 4, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

“I like to think of moving through the sentence (as writer or reader) as moving through a kind of terrain. The sentence is at once a map of where we have gone and where we wish to go.”
–Renee Gladman
“I do the same things every day. I went jogging in the Buttes-Chaumont this morning, and I had the thought as I was rounding the lake at a particular place that there was an exact sensation that corresponded to making the turn, that I always looked forward to turning at that exact formation of trees and water and rocks, and that I had cultivated this kind of sensation, which has to do with being in process, all of my life. I am looking forward to turning that curve again.”
–Alice Notley
“Taking Your Voice for a Walk” is a writing experiment involving movement, recording, and transcription, that traces the effects of walking on the written line. During this process, we will focus on how the body moving through space can gather and collect information, sounds, and images to cultivate a versatile, mobile text.

The event is free and open to the public, however, advanced registration is strongly suggested. Please sign up here:

Emily Skillings is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Her first full-length collection of poetry, Fort Not, will be published by The Song Cave in 2017. Recent poems can be found/are forthcoming in Poetry, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, LitHub, jubilat, Pleiades, Phantom Books, and Washington Square. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. Skillings is an MFA candidate and Teaching Fellow at Columbia University and runs the Earshot reading series with Allyson Paty.

This workshop is presented as part of MC Hyland’s “A Walking Poets Library” residency at Prismatic Park in collaboration with Madison Square Park:

Admission Free and Open to the Public Location Prismatic Park at Madison Square Park, Between Fifth & Madison Avenues between 23rd & 26th Streets Sponsored By Poets House


Jul 4, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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