“For a ceramic artist, form is a vessel for the spirit. Fire – volatile and sacred in many cultures – is the alchemy that brings it alive. The artist’s intentions, finger marks, and dreams all ignite in the kiln. When we invite hand-made art into our everyday lives – in our morning coffee, our afternoon tea with friends – we find the stillness and beauty of the present moment: meditative, ritualistic, reverential, and sacred.” – Ming Yuen-Schat
On September 8th, at 2 pm, we are reading and drinking from an art exhibit – Chalice – which includes 100 porcelain and celadon vessels of different shapes and sizes. Pick your favorite right off its velvet pad, turn it in your hands, have a cup of tea. Sit back and listen to readings from Ed Lin, Anelise Chen and me as we reflect on sacredness and spirituality in our society.
While you are there, visit 50 artists’ studios as part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Go Project. Preview the Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival. For the full day’s program at the NARS studios in Brooklyn, check out this flyer.
The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS)Foundation
88 35th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 3rd Floor
(Take the D, N, R to 36th St.)
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-768-2765.
I love this idea. And this wonderful festival has already begun. I will be reading and having a conversation about Country and Conflict tomorrow afternoon. Join us. The full schedule is here.
We talked about reinvention, and revision. About a different ending, and about how sometimes, when you don’t know who this voice in your head is, all you have to do is ask. We discussed picking a cold place for a story, going to Paris, and passing: passing up, passing for, passing through. We did some math: What is love plus freedom in your book, and what does love minus freedom equal?
We had a wonderful day in Baltimore, Bernice McFadden, Jacqueline Luckett, Leila Cobo, Linda Duggins and I. It was an encounter made possible in part by Joy Bramble, publisher of the Baltimore Times whose earlier chance encounter with Linda Duggins began with “My feet were killing me…”. Many thanks to the Enoch Pratt Library, Judy Cooper, and everyone who supported the event, who came, who asked questions.
At one point, an audience member got up and gave us an amazing gift. She had read every book, and she told us what she learned from each one and the reasons why she will never be the same person as she was before she read them. Thank you, Ella Curry, for your words.
Love plus freedom: math I never had to do in school.
What does love plus freedom mean to you?
The DC Examiner wraps up a series on all the International Women’s History Month panelists today with a short article on me. If you can’t make it, check out the series to see what you are missing. Thank you, Wendy Coakley-Thompson!
Rizzuto is passionate about the power and cultural significance of storytelling in general and women’s stories in particular. “Storytelling – as humans but especially as women – is our way to build consensus and community, and the more truthful we are when we stand up and say ‘This is who I am, this is what I believe, or what I did,’ the stronger and more beautiful that community will be,” she declares.
Continue reading on Examiner.com Rahna Reiko Rizzuto prescribes storytelling as an antidote to historical silence – Washington DC Publishing Industry | Examiner.com
Looking forward to talking about women’s history this Saturday – the history of family, love, loss, death, community, and not the machinations of conquering countries.
For more information, here’s a lovely preview in the Baltimore Times.
“Hiroshima in the Morning” forces the reader to contemplate memory, history and personal truth. Rizzuto says she hopes it encourages readers to discover, “What’s important to you, so you can stand on the mountain top and you can say what happened. This is my story.”
And a link to the topic and the amazing writers who will be joining the panel with me. See you here:
March 10, 2012:
International Literary Festival
1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street
At our last residency for the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing in Vermont, we had three amazing and successful alumni return to talk to our current students. Mary Johnson, author of An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life, spoke with Kenny Fries and me about the pitfalls and pleasures of crafting a resonant, universal story from our daily “here’s what happened next” life. We spoke for over a hour, and I am pleased to be able to share it with you here.
Here’s a sample from the beginning:
My question (one of many!) to Mary: “There are those things we are afraid of…that we don’t want to relive. Could you talk about what you left out of your memoir, and why, and how you got what you did onto the page?”
Mary: “Fear was a big thing for me…putting it down on the page for anybody to see was really scary. Kenny was my advisor for my first two semesters at Goddard. I had written a few things… During one particular packet, I started to write the sex stuff. And it was really hard for me. I wrote this piece and I sent it off, and when I came back from the post office, I wrote Kenny an email and said, ‘I just sent my packet to you, please don’t open it. I will send you another one.’ And he wrote me back and said, ‘Oh! So at last you have finally written something worthwhile!’”
2012.01.11 Transformation From Personal Experience to Published Memoir from Goddard College on Vimeo.