I was part of this very magical event at the &NOW Festival of New Writing in Boulder last week, with Becca Klaver, Lara Glenum, Danielle Pafunda, K. Lorraine Graham, Tim Jones-Yelvington & Kate Durbin:
Off the road, behind closed doors, late at night, and all over the internet, the teenage girl learns to speak, to write, and to make. Alternately resisting and indulging the materials and tools of a hyperrational, commercially saturated, world-wide-webbed social reality, she uses tarot cards, Tumblr, fashion, and her own bedroom walls. As her body is marked by race, class, age, pregnancy, and/or illness, she holds onto the behaviors, languages, and affects of girlhood. She knows how to codeswitch–to act, dress, talk, and feel like a girl, or a woman, or a man. In this slumber party ritual, we will conjure the girl. As we move from sleeping bag to lectern to Internet to ouija board to Q&A, we will interrogate who or what is speaking when we speak, possessed by our own ongoing girlhoods. We will create a space in which teenage girls’ and writers’ uses of occult practices collide, recalling the compositional strategies of Yeats, H.D., di Prima, Merrill, Plath, and Dickinson. This ritual recognizes girls as sorcerous subjects whose practices of radical apathy, noncompliance, superstition, magic, and other-worlding resist the logics and power structures of the rational world. In letting her speak through our bodies, we become the girls we already are.