SPECULATIVE FICTION WORKSHOP, 1-CREDIT
TUESDAY, MARCH 31 – THURSDAY, APRIL 2
5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
BUNDY READING ROOM, AVERY HALL
In this workshop, students will engage in a series of somatic movement and writing prompts geared toward learning the art and craft of speculative fiction, with a focus on "solarpunk." Solarpunk, a type of science fiction, is a new genre for the 21st Century, a revolution against environmental despair and social injustice. "Focusing on solutions to environmental disasters, solarpunk envisions a future of green, sustainable energy used by societies that value inclusiveness, cooperation, and personal freedom" (Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation. Phoebe Wagner and Bronte Christopher Wieland). Open to WSU students of all majors, the 1-credit course includes attending Kuppers’ literary reading and reading a selection of short fiction to be distributed before the workshop begins. To enroll, contact Leisa McCormick (email@example.com) in Avery Hall 202.
READING/PERFORMANCE | Q&A
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Petra Kuppers is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She uses somatic and speculative writing to engage audiences toward more socially just and enjoyable futures. She has many awards and publications to her name, most recently Ice Bar, speculative queer/crip and solar punk short stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), the Star Trek-y poetry chapbook Green Orion Woman (dancing girl, 2018), and the poetry collection Gut Botany (Wayne State, 2020). She has also written academic books on disability arts and culture, medical humanities, ecopoetics, and community performance. She and her partner, the poet and dancer Stephanie Heit, founded Turtle Disco, an experimental movement and writing space, in Michigan as well as the collaborative The Asylum Project, where they invite participants "to explore together the shapes and feelings of international disability culture lives." Petra is a Fellow at the Black Earth Institute; she also teaches on the Low-Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, and she is the Artistic Director of an international disability performance collective, The Olimpias.
Co-sponsored by the WSU Center for Arts and Humanities, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, ASWSU, and the Common Reading Program. Common Reading stamp available.