Poets CAConrad and Nisha Ramayya explore the themes of mysticism and ritual in their work through readings followed by a conversation with Sarah Shin.
The discussion will consider: What is the relationship between love, divinity and abjection? How, through decolonial and feminist lenses, can we bring the infinite expanse into contact with present crises so that the mythic reckons with material conditions of oppression? And, what strategies for survival and transformation can collective and personal ritual practice offer this moment of ecological emergency, violent borders and increasing intolerance?
CAConrad’s (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals are, for the poet, ‘a different kind of investment in the everyday’, allowing poetry to become an integral part of daily life or political actions on the streets.
Ramayya’s debut States of the Body Produced by Love
(Ignota, 2019) is a modern mystical journey through love. Meditating on diasporic identity, language and resistance, Ramayya conjures an opalescent world by way of Tantric ritual and myth.
CAConrad is a 2019 Creative Capital Fellow and the author of nine books of poetry and essays, including a forthcoming book about ritual and poetry with Ignota Books (2020). Their book While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books) received the 2018 Lambda Award. They teach regularly at Columbia University in NYC and Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.
Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and is now based in London. She is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. Her pamphlets include Notes on Sanskrit, Correspondences, and In Me the Juncture, as well as Threads, co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil. States of the Body Produced by Love is her first full-length book.
Sarah Shin is a publisher and curator. She is a co-founder and director of Silver Press and Ignota Books
and the founder of New Suns, a curation and storytelling project.