February 10, 2017
Filed Under Featured Artists
For this reading, it is “all about love. Dark, light, funny, sad. Love stories told in poetry and prose this month at Literary Arts & Wine in Truckee on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 5 – 6 pm.
Historically, Valentine’s day is a confusion of pagan ritual, Roman debauchery (which involved alcohol, spanking and coupling; not necessarily in that order), official beheadings, the industrialized Hallmark Valentine Card (circa 1913) and today’s staple SAD (Single’s Awareness Day) celebration. It is somehow also associated with sacrificing goats and dogs; a flying infant armed with a bow and arrow ready to “shoot” love into the eyeball of some random passerby; red roses, a symbol that simultaneously points to innocence and (no pun intended) deflowering; and, finally, those sassy sweat tart-hearts that tell you to “kiss me” and, just as you think things could end well: “as if.”
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Kelsay Elizabeth Myers is an experimental hybrid essayist, theorist, emerging curator and found object/mixed media artist. She has dual MFAs in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California in Nonfiction and Poetry and is currently a PhD student in Transformative Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is also Chair of the St. Mary’s MFA in Creative Program Advisory Board. She is drawn to shiny, pretty things: material objects, states of being, people and symbols that represent ideas and concepts which compose larger themes and structures. For her, art is lived expression. She looks at herself, humanity and the world and tries to create something beautiful from the composition, and sometimes, from the wreckage. Recent work has appeared in White Stag’s #psychologia, Waxwing, New Delta Review, Portland Review and the anthology, More Voices: A Collection of Works from Asian Adoptees (Koryo Press). | kelsayelizabethmyers.com