Dreams @ Lighthouse North

I got to teach a workshop yesterday with five wonderful young women writers (8-10 years old). We explored dreams as sites of textual inspiration and looked at prose poems, non-linear short stories, and surrealistic art (like Papilla Estelar by Remedios Varo, below) to figure out how to harness “dream logic” as a tool to use in our writing. And it was held at the new Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop North location—a great space to teach!


Surrealism at Denver School of the Arts

A huge thank you to Denver School of the Arts for inviting me to teach a Surrealism Workshop! We had great fun calling forth Suzanne and Aimé Césaire’s The Voice of the Oracle game from April 1942:


Q: What is poetry?

A: It is the bell tolled by the sky’s great wind.

Image: Remedios Varo, Still Life Resurrecting, 1963

Lighthouse: Young Writers Workshops

In "Dreams and Diaries" we explored ancient forms of journal-keeping from the pillow book to the zibaldone to the silva rerum. These amazing young writers are adding final touches to their own mini commonplace books and multimedia journals: 


Art Gym!

I started work at Denver's Art Gym today! (Finally, a venue that can house the textile portions of this manuscript!)


Pink Progression Project

I'm so proud to be a part of Pink Progression, a publication and series of exhibits in response to the women's and sister's marches last January.

From their website: "On January 21, 2017 history was made when over two million people joined women and sister marches in more then five hundred US cities and around the world. During the marches, pink created a strong visual statement representing unity and empowerment. Over forty local artists incorporate this hue as it reflects manifestations of personal, social, and gender connections. This exhibit includes all gender identities and expressions."

A poem of mine will be displayed alongside work by visual artists from the Denver area. We'll be showing at the Boulder Public Library starting February 16, the Denver Public Library starting March 2, and the Center for Visual Art on March 31st. More info here: https://pinkprogression.wordpress.com/


Oh! Oh! Uh Oh!

An excerpt from my current manuscript, Oh! Oh! Uh Oh! is up at Entropy today! This is a long prose poem in numbered sections about the relationship between repetition and ritual, as well as how obsessive-compulsive behavior works (or doesn't) in the body. 


I'm so grateful to have been a part of Denver's Writers in the Schools program for the last two years! This is a thank you poem from this year's Steele Elementary Kindergarten class. Love these young writers! 

Review of jubilat 30.5

I'm so honored that my work was able to be part of this special issue of jubilat and am grateful to be mentioned in this review of the issue by Katy Haas. You can read the review HERE


Great reading space and wonderful people! There's a (partial) recording here: https://bookbarblog.com/2017/01/06/first-saturday-poetry-series-featuring-tim-early-and-jessica-comola/

And listen to our interview HERE

Everything We Met and . . . Octoboy!

I continue to be in awe of the artist duo who created the cover art for my book. After the long journey to Russia, Everything We Met Changed Form and Followed the Rest finally arrived--and with a little friend, Octoboy, too! See more of Shirrstone Shelter's work here: http://sssdolls.com/

Shirrstone Shelter Octoboy Jessica Comola

Catching Up: Two Readings

My first year at the University of Denver's PhD program has been intense and amazing. Looking back over these past months I'm so humbled by the people I've spent time with, learned from, and read with. 

Here's a photo from Dikeou Literary Series with Bin Ramke and Tim Earley from September 25: 

Dikeou Reading

And a photo from this amazing reading at the Leon Gallery / book launch for Everything We Met Changed Form and Followed the Rest! (February 25):

Jessica Comola Leon Gallery