Poet and editor 신 선 영 辛善英 Sun Yung Shin delivers a manifesto on the necessity of poetry in the time of pandemic and racist state violence, making an urgent case for language work as a technology against erasure, as a form of spell-casting, as a space for claiming erotic power and possibility.
In the spring of 2020, during the stay-at-home order in Minnesota, Mn Artists Program Manager Emily Gastineau asked a handful of recent contributors if they would like to respond in writing to the developing COVID-19 pandemic and its “unprecedented times.” A second pandemic became differently visible as spring became summer, and Minneapolis became the epicenter of a national protest movement against racism and police brutality. At the peak of a raw and developing historical moment, this collection of writers reflect on the fragility and resilience of the body, affirming the need for interdependence and the urgency of cultural response.
Emily Gastineau is a choreographer, performer, writer, and arts administrator based in Minneapolis. She is one of seven Co-Artistic Directors of Red Eye Theater. Emily has worked with Mn Artists since 2014, where she is Program Manager and editor of the locally-focused, interdisciplinary arts writing platform.
a child born in the water may take longer to draw breath before they wake we often dream of flying, a kind of weightlessness that carries us up up up. we know we are dreaming. outside the world of the…