An important part of my process as a writer and public artist is the creation of small art and media projects. These are not really separate from my collaborative and community-based work, but play a different role in my creative life. These projects help me to document and deepen my understanding of what I’m doing and learning, and provide a means to share those ideas and stories with others in intimate and lasting ways.
These projects take a variety of forms, including poetry projects, posters, book arts, and wearable or decorative objects.
I consider most of these projects a kind documentary poem. No matter what form these take, I am always in some sense writing the land, the people, the feelings and the stories I don’t want forgotten—and this writing practice is always informed by deep listening to the place and time I’m immersed in. Most of these projects contain material I’ve gathered in my travels, and are themselves a way of repairing or repurposing that material.