Saturday, November 19, 2011

writing & other processes

Summer saw the end of travel, the return home. The day job. Fall saw the scramble to make a living, community & personal crisis, the infinite day to day.

Over the past few months, I've started to write and compile. This is a different kind of journey from the literal one of travel and exploration.

As the winter approaches, this project returns to the top of my list of priorities. Check back in the coming months for updates.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Home Sweet Home

For the month of May, I have been home again in my beloved North Carolina. It's been amazing to be home with the folks I love and the work I love here, to be back in the heat after months of travelling in the cold, to have some time and space to process and share what I learned in the first big leg of this journey.

This week I hit the road again for the Northeast. Keep an eye out for the next series of dispatches from the road...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chicago, Illinois

Leaving Chicago today after a fabulous visit to head south.

Quimby's Bookstore

Marlene Samuels

The Exoneration Project

Through The Exoneration Project I got to meet and spend time with this rad dude Eric Caine and hear about his story (also, about the Chicago White Sox - you're all potential fans!) who was released in March after being wrongfully convicted of murder and spending the last 25 years in prison. You can read more about his case here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dear Minneapolis,

You're pretty dreamy. I won't even hold the whole "getting my car towed & making a late night solo field trip to the city impound lot" thing against you. Especially because that "Minnesota Nice" thing is apparently not only true, but even extends as far as the fabulous people working the night shift at the city impound.

Cheers,
Katie

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Long crushed out on Minneapolis & its vibrant puppeteering community from afar, I was really excited to get to spend a few days there.

In the Heart of the Beast

In less than a week, they'll be putting up the annual MayDay Parade, and I got to go to an open public workshop and paint and talk to lots of rad folks & see this beautiful work in progress.

BareBones Productions

Soozin Hirschmugl

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Seattle, Washington

So much to say about Seattle. I had this strange feeling the other day, riding a bus back from an interview and talking on the phone with a friend about what kind of material we should get for banners for the speaker tour she is doing (see WFPNW below), that I lived here. But that's not true, and tomorrow I will head east to Montana.

In the meantime, y'all check this stuff out:

Northwest African American Museum

The Corner

Radical Seattle Remembers

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

ZAPP - The Zine Archive & Publishing Project

Witness for Peace Northwest

Town Hall

Babeland

May First Action Coalition

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Olympia, Washington

Besides just geeking out constantly about being in Olympia (Look! Sleater-Kinney Rd! It's real! Augh!), my time here was pretty great. Here are some things to check out:

Olympia-Rafah Mural Project

Media Island

Last Word Books

So I spent a weekend staying in Olympia, but then went back and forth between Olympia and Seattle most of the past week, going down to demonstrations at the Capitol, once with dear old friends to see another old friend perform as part of one day's rally - which was largely performances, musicians, creative political theatre on the steps of the rotunda - and then again with a different dear old friend & fabulous organizer on a big bus carrying folks from different organizations, including Casa Latina, for a statewide convergence on the capitol and hours of demonstration, actions, teach-ins, and ultimately an overnight occupation of the rotunda.

Weirdest place I almost slept on this tour: the Washington State Capitol building.

Check out news coverage for more info on these different folks out here in Washington and what they've been working on.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Unbound: Celebrating Emotional Liberation

There are a variety of reasons that more substantive content has been hard to get on the blog regularly - the stresses of travel, limited time to write and revise, a busy interview schedule, time with dear old friends and wonderful new ones, working and scheduling, karaoke... you know. All very good things, but the research and the writing and the existing in the world has kept me from updating as much as I'd like.

The latest good reason for being bad at keeping up the blog:

The past few days I have been busily working on pieces to send home for an installation about the stories we tell each other, with dispatches from the road. With the incredible collaboration of Gwen, the installation will be in this year's   Unbound: Celebrating Emotional Liberation.

Unbound is an art show at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. It will run from April 8th - April 15th, and features work from the School of the Arts community as well as the wider Triad community. Or, in my case, from the wider Triad community via email and parcel post.

Last year's show was amazing, and I expect this year's will be wonderful too. So, you know, North Carolina... you should probably go.