Hanna Satterlee and Eliot Gray Fisher, recipients of the Fall 2016 Goddard Alumni Art Project Awards. Photos courtesy of the artists
Goddard Alumni Art Project Awards
We are proud to announce alumna Hanna Satterlee (MFAIA-VT & WA ’16) and alumnus Eliot Gray Fisher (MFAIA–WA ’15), are the Fall 2016 recipients of the Goddard Alumni Art Project Awards.
For the last nine years Hanna Satterlee has experimented with still and moving images to tell stories or relay experiences. She has found that movement is relatable and an excellent tool for visually and compositionally communicating and relating to the world and to one another.
Hanna is a choreographer, performer, curator and teacher, who grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont. Hanna has produced choreographic and dance installation work, and has performed with professional companies in Baltimore, NYC, Brooklyn, San Francisco and throughout the State of Vermont. Now based in Vermont, Hanna is a guest artist at the University of Vermont, and the Director of the Vermont Dance Alliance, a newly re-formed network to expand and connect all Vermont-based dance artists. In addition, Hanna continues to teach, perform and collaborate on a freelance basis.
From September 2016 to June 2017 – with a team of dynamic video, music and dance collaborators – Hanna will be creating a series of three short dance videos on location in Vermont. Each place and season (fall, winter and spring) will be considered as characters in the stories. The videos will be edited using a collage-like style, as if following a thought or emotion like a poem.
At the release of each short video, Hanna will air them, commercial-like, on local Vermont TV stations. Once the series wraps up, the three dance videos will be presented on the web (including social media).
Considering herself a dance ambassador, Hanna has identified her goal as bringing movement to communities, places and spaces in an untraditional manner, so that more people who may otherwise not have access to contemporary dance are able to enjoy this art form. By shifting from live performance to a combination of dance and video, Hanna is attempting to reach an even broader audience.
Image left: from a dance work by Hanna Satterlee. Image Right: from In The Ever Now, by Eliot Gray Fisher and collaborators. Images courtesy of the artists
Eliot Gray Fisher is an interdisciplinary artist experimenting to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance. He has presented work at SITE Santa Fe, CURRENTS International New Media Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe, been awarded multiple residencies at Connecticut College, Texas State University, Colorado College, Playa Summerlake, Ucross Foundation, and KHN Center for the Arts, and has received grants from the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Rea Charitable Trust, Hatchfund, New Mexico Arts, and the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Eliot defines the most important aspect of his practice as the sustained cultivation of relationships with members of dynamic communities such as the one united twice a year at Fort Worden during the MFAIA residency. He has worked to nurture these ties after graduation across time and distance by pursuing opportunities for collaboration: one such recent project was In The Ever Now, a performance-residency supported, in part, by Goddard College’s Alumni Art Award. Fisher and his partner Erica Gionfriddo joined alumnus Jayme Green (MFAIA-WA ’16) and current MFAIA-WA student Krista Leigh Pasini in their home community of Billings, MT to present performances along the popular Art Walk and an interdisciplinary event that challenged the local audience’s expectations of a conventional concert, performance, or gallery exhibition.
The full evening interwove presentations of work-in-progress the artists had developed or refined over the course of their two weeks together. These included: a chapter from Fisher and Gionfriddo’s company ARCOS’ trans-media production Domain, a multiplatform piece that follows an unorthodox inventor grappling with having created the world’s first sentient artificial intelligence; Pasini’s Post-It Notes, an investigation of how simple technologies can extend humans’ capabilities through the lens of her father’s struggle with memory loss due to Lewy Body Dementia; and Green’s Blank Slate, probing a future world that has lost all record of its culture. In The Ever Now tested another model for ongoing creative exchange and collaboration between Goddardites in their respective home communities.
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Left Image: Panel for the line “As you conduct your wars, think of others, (Do not forget those who seek peace)”. Right Image: detail. Photos: Jen Berger
Think of Others
Alumna Jen Berger’s (MFAIA-VT ’12) project Think of Others is a collaboration amongst seven local artists, in conjunction with Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) that was on exhibit during the 2016 South End Art Hop. It is a collaborative arts project that brings to life a visionary piece by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. It offers a call for contemplation of the ongoing struggles facing the Palestinian people, and the universal message of the poem “Think of Others”. The project ran September 9-11, 2016. Link: Think of Others Press Release
Butler Koshland Fellowship in Arts and Civic Engagement
Alumnus Ariel Luckey (MFAIA-VT ‘14) was recently awarded the Butler Koshland Fellowship in Arts and Civic Engagement at ODC in San Francisco. He will work closely with Brenda Way, ODC’s Founder and Artistic Director, to curate and produce innovative community programming in celebration of ODC’s upcoming 50th Anniversary. Ariel is also currently recording an album of music inspired by the hip hop Klezmer score of his solo play Amnesia. The album, titled rememory, will be released in early 2017.
Two New Design Projects
Alumnus Mark O’Maley (MFAIA-VT ’13) is the lighting designer on two projects this fall: the world premiere of Man In Snow by Israel Horovitz, which opened at the Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts on September 29th and which will travel to La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City on the November 10th; and 50 Song Memoir with the band Magnetic Fields, which opens at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on November 18th This latter work will also be presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival December 2-3, 2016. It will then tour across the US, as well as to London, Edinburgh & Melbourne.
Jessica Plumb receiving her award for her film, Return of the River, at the Harvard Arts Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist
Awarded Best Writing in Science Media
Alumna Jessica Plumb (MFAIA-WA ’10) and co-director/producer/editor/writer of the film Return of the River, was nominated for and won the Best Writing in Science Media award at the Harvard Arts Museum on September 21, 2016.
Return of the River offers a story of hope and possibility amid grim environmental news. It is a film for our time: an invitation to consider crazy ideas that could transform the world for the better. It features an unlikely success story for environmental and cultural restoration. Fundamentally, the Elwha River in Washington State is a story about people and the land they inhabit. The film captures the tenacity of individuals who would not give up on a river, mirroring the tenacity of salmon headed upstream to spawn. It is a narrative with global ramifications, exploring the complex relationship between communities and the environment that sustains them.
Seitu Jones and MFAIA-WA students trace shadows streamed live to the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis. Photos: Goddard College
Shadows of Spirit
MFAIA-WA Faculty Advisor Seitu Jones led a workshop titled Shadows of Spirit at the Fall 2016 Residency at Fort Worden, that traced participants’ shadows at a selected crossroad at Fort Worden. The workshop was streamed live to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where a shadow workshop was simultaneously led by Ta-Coumba T. Aiken. Seitu and Ta-Coumba are collaborating to create a set of shadows for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to be installed in 2018 at the crossroads of the walkways of the garden and will be aligned with solar events. The spiritual importance of “Crossroads” reverberates through African American folklore and popular culture. Seitu’s workshop mapped the geographic coordinates of our positions, calculated the position of the sun, plotted and then traced participants’ shadows on the Autumnal Equinox (September 22, 2016). The Shadows created in our joint workshops will be used as templates for the permanent mixed media shadow installation installed in the Sculpture Garden.
Link: Walker Arts article on Seitu Jones and Theaster Gates
The Free Black Women’s Library. Photos: Ola Akinmowo
Arts & Literary Residency
Current MFAIA-VT student Olaronke and The Free Black Women’s Library have been granted a one-month residency at Wendy’s Subway, a reading room in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This art and biblio installation will feature 450 books written by Black women and will include film screenings, readings, book talks, writing workshops and conversations (every Saturday for the month of October 2016).
Alumna librecht baker (MFAIA-WA ’12) has poems included in the forthcoming anthology Solace: Writing Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (BLF Press) and has a poem included in the recent issue of Thank You For Swallowing, Volume 2 Issue 2.
MFAIA Faculty Advisor Devora Neumark is amongst the artist-contributors to the 5th volume of Emergency Index, which is scheduled to go to press at the beginning of October 2016. Emergency Index is a yearly, paper-based, durable document of the ‘state of the field’ of performance, based on hundreds of actual performances made that year, all over the world. Edited by Sophia Cleary, Katie Gaydos and Yelena Gluzman, and published by Ugly Duckling Presse, Emergency Index has been surveying a broad spectrum of performance practices since 2011. Devora’s featured work in this latest edition of Emergency Index is called Letters to the Water, which was first performed in 2015 during the performance festival LÀ in Laval, QC that was curated by M-a Poulin. More recently, Devora created a new version of this work for the Under Western Skies 2016 conference in Calgary, AB called Water-Events, Trends, Analysis (September 27-30, 2016), in which she invited collaboration from conference participants.
Willi Singleton, West Rim of Rio Grande, drawing and print. Images courtesy of the artist
Willi Singleton: Artist Residency at the Herekeke Art Center
Alumnus Willi Singleton (MFAIA-VT ‘16) completed a two-week printmaking residency at the Herekeke Arts Center in Taos, northern New Mexico (August 3-18, 2016). This invitational residency allowed Willi to pursue visual research at the nexus of community and geography in the narrow strip of land between the Sangre De Christo Mountains and the Rio Grande where Herekeke Art Center and the well-known Lama Foundation are located. The Herekeke Arts Center seeks to “help mid-career Visual Artists to further their creative work, achieve significant junctures in their careers and publish their work. HEREKEKE’s remote location is offered as a place of inspiration, nourishment and dedicated creative practice” (www.herekeke.org). Herekeke is located a mile below the Lama Foundation (a community established in 1967 that describes itself as “a sustainable spiritual community and educational center dedicated to the awakening of consciousness, spiritual practice with respect for all traditions, service and stewardship of the land”), which backs up against the newly designated Columbine Hondo Wilderness Area that is part of the Carson National Forest. Willi sought to gather visual information by hiking in this region in order to create prints on the theme of “Mountains and Rivers Without End” (the title of a book of poetry by Gary Snyder who has ties to the Lama Foundation going back nearly half a century). Click here for an insightful lecture by Gary Snyder speaking about “Mountains and Rivers without Ends” at the Sackler/Freer in 2008.
Left: One of the opening workshop exercises with Diego Piñón working with rope and cabbages. Centre: Diego Piñón performs a solo work with found driftwood. Right: At the end of day one after three hours of exercises, the balance of ikebana is achieved with the driftwood to the amazement of all. Fitting for the residency theme of Work | Life: Nurturing Balance and Understanding Internal/External Economies. Photos: Goddard College
Diego Piñón Performs and Workshops BRM—Body Ritual Movement
During the Fall 2016 MFAIA-WA Residency, guest artist Diego Piñón generously presented his work for an artist’s talk that was open to the public. He also performed a beautiful solo work for the stage and later workshopped his methods and practice of BRM — Body Ritual Movement on September 18th and 19th at the USO Hall in Fort Worden. BRM challenges us to awaken and explore all human qualities ranging from the subtle to the outrageous, the beautiful and the ugly, the feminine and the masculine, the spiritual and the mundane. BRM seeks the emergence of the deeper self, to touch if only for a moment, the inexplicable matter of the human soul. Through this process of transforming our daily life through the transformation of our dance, we can offer more creative energy to our community.
Annexation and Assimilation: East 82nd Avenue
In collaboration with Sabina Haque – artist-in-residence with the City of Portland – current MFAIA-WA student Tamara Lynne will facilitate the creation of a performance developed by 5th grade students at Harrison Park School, exploring themes of community and identity on October 21st 6:00-9:00pm. This project, Annexation and Assimilation: East 82nd Avenue, will be presented as part of a multi-media exhibition on the history of East 82nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon, the historic boundary of Portland city limits.
Left: Andrea Parkins at ZDB, Lisbon, 2010. Photo: Maile Colbert. Right: Andrea at AUXXX Berlin, 2014. Photo: Hopek Quirin
Andrea Parkins at AKOUSMA XIII, Festival of Electroacoustic Music in Montreal
On October 22, 2016, MFAIA-VT Faculty Advisor Andrea Parkins will present the Canadian premiere of Two Rooms from the Memory Palace: Variation 1 at AKOUSMA Festival 13 in Montreal, QC. This works continues Parkins’ exploration of poetic interrelationships between site and time, and between gestural trace and acoustical space. Originally conceived as a generative 8-channel audio installation for diffusion through two non-acoustically-isolated adjacent rooms, Parkins will present a new re-imagining of her work: as a durational fixed-media piece configured especially for AKOUSMA’s 45-speaker acousmonium, and incorporating Parkins’ performance interventions on electronically-processed accordion and live electronics.
Dani Solomon in One Way Red by Morgan Fitzpatrick Andrews. Image by Plate 3 Photography
One Way Red
Alumnus Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews (MFAIA-VT ‘16) designed this immersive theatre piece about Mars. Based on an actual project that proposes to send a batch of Earth’s citizens on a one-way mission to the Red Planet, One Way Red takes audiences on a tour of humankind’s history with the Red Planet through a series of interactive installations that culminated in a solo performance at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (September 21-25, 2016) and which will be presented at Colgate University on October 6th and then Rutherfurd Hall in New Jersey on October 28th and 29th.
Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews hit a home run in CONES at the Haybarn Theatre on July 23, 2016. Photo by Brenda Bowyer (MFAIA-VT ‘16)
Cones, a solo show about vampires, vision loss, and ice cream, began as the Practicum Project of Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews Performed blindfolded on a raised stage, Morgan mixes comedic storytelling, physical theatre, and often risqué interactions with the audience to unpack the nuances of dis/ability passing — that is having a dis/ability while passing as more able-bodied. Cones premiered at Philadelphia’s SoLow Festival in 2015 before coming to Goddard’s Haybarn Theater in 2016. Now it’s ready to tour. Morgan performed Cones at an event for the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired on September 29th, and will perform it again at Cabrini University on November 15th.
Left: Shelley Chamberlin, Skyline #3, charcoal on paper. Right: Michelle Daly, Re-imagined Landscape, detail. Images courtesy of the artists
Exhibition at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Alumna and interdisciplinary artist Shelley Chamberlin (MFAIA-WA ’11) and artist Michelle Daly have a collaborative exhibition at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Gallery 51 titled, Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful To Keep. The exhibition, which opened on September 29th and which runs through November 20, 2016, explores vulnerability, intimacy, relationality, nostalgia, memory, disruption, determination, absurdist humor, and hope. There will be an Artist Reception on October 27th (5-7 PM) in the gallery.
Link: A short interview with Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly
Financial Sustainability for Artists, a workshop with Pi Luna, at the MFAIA-WA residency at Fort Worden. Photos: Rosemary Delucca Alpert
Toward Financial Empowerment
Alumna Pi Luna (MFAIA-WA ’12) was recently featured in an article with her collaborator Edward Worden about their adventure in starting Engage Publications, which aims to encourage financial empowerment by teaching about student financial literacy and everyday use of math skills to engage learners in real-world problems. Pi was also the F16 alumni guest artist during the F16 MFAIA-WA Residency in September where she facilitated a workshop entitled Financial Sustainability for Artists and provided private consultations. Pi and Edward’s book Life Savings is also a finalist in three categories (business, parenting/family issues, and young adult) for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.
Link: Review of Engage Publications in the Albuquerque Journal
Art Wings Urban Festival, Matanzas, Cuba
Current MFAIA-WA student Rosemary Alpert has been invited by The Kayla Project (based in Seattle WA), as guest artist and teacher to participate in the October 25-30, 2016 Art Wings Urban Festival in Matanzas, Cuba. Rosemary will be teaching a photography workshop to a group of 20 youth (6-15 years old) living in Matanzas. She will also be documenting the art festival and co-creating an international photo exhibition of work produced during the festival, which will travel from Cuba to Switzerland, Mexico and the United States. The intention of the Art Wings Urban Festival is to bring together a group of international artists to share and have a cross-cultural exchange with the community of Matanzas, especially the youth. The festival will be centered in and nearby the Icaron Theatre, founded by Miriam Muñoz in 2002. The Kayla Project has been focusing their efforts on supporting and assisting in the revitalization of the community-based Icaron Theatre, which embraces the youth of Matanzas from all backgrounds. The theatre aims to provide a safe, creative space where the local youth can learn to express and empower themselves, which can strengthen positive change in their lives and their community.
Link: GoFundMe for Rosemary’s project
An oven built by David Neufeld for a fine baker from Germany. Images courtesy of the artist
A Year of Artisan Masonry
Alumnus David Neufeld (MFAIA-VT 16) returned home from his graduation to requests for eight of his custom brick ovens. With four projects (one pictured) so far completed, two in progress, and two in the planning stage, David will be traveling to four states in the next three months. David added the construction of these traditional brick ovens to his landscape design and stonework practice in 2007 out of a desire to bake bread. To date, the project has been quite lucrative. David gifted his first portable brick oven to a young chef and lent his other portable to the New Hampshire Mushroom Company for their weekend feasts. For more information: www.truebrickovens.com
Two found object sculptures by David Neufeld. Left image: relativity. Right image: shogun. Images courtesy of the artist
Between Two Worlds Concludes
Forty found object sculptures that were pivotal in David Neufeld’s MFAIA portfolio were on exhibit in Wolfeboro, NH from June 30-September 11, 2016. The exhibit included two public talks; the first about the story within the image and the other (in collaboration with fellow Jungian scholar, Reverend Gina Finnochiaro) about how imagery is central to spiritual practice and symbols that have the power to evoke emotion.
Deanne Meek and John Keene. Images courtesy of the artists
Deanne Meek: Recital at the Frye Museum
Current MFAIA-WA student and Mezzo-Soprano Deanne Meek, in collaboration with John Keene, sang at a recital at the Frye Museum Auditorium in Seattle on September 17th. At the invitation of the Frye Museum and in celebration of “Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks of Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK” Deanne and John presented a recital program of vocal masterworks on themes explored in the Hammershøi exhibit. Featuring works by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, the Rilke songs of Peter Lieberson, Three Songs, Opus 3 of Charles T. Griffes and the Six Songs, Opus 48 by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, the program explored the aural and poetic landscape paintings of this Danish painter.
ARTNIK’s Federal Non-Profit Status Approval
Alumna Kym Myck’s (MFAIA-WA ’16) community arts project ARTNIK has been granted federal 501(c)3 non-profit status as of August, 2016.
Current MFAIA-WA student Chelsea Weidmann has accepted a faculty position at Ballet West Academy, the official school of Ballet West. As of August 2016, Chelsea became part of the primary faculty at the Academy’s new Park City campus.
Still from Picnic by Cara Hagan. Photo credit: Robert Gelber
Book, Dance Work, Film
Alumna Cara Hagan (MFAIA-WA ’12) has recently secured her first book contract through the McFarland Publishing Company to complete her manuscript, Movies by Movers: 21st Century Dance Film in Critical Context (working title). The work is the culmination of seven years of curating and producing the Movies by Movers film festival (now merged with the American Dance Festival’s International Screendance Festival). Cara has also just completed a new work titled Cella with freshman students at Appalachian State University, where she works as an Assistant Professor. Recently, Cara’s short dance films, Without Boundaries and Picnic have been screened at the following dance film festivals: The Cascadia Festival of Dance and Cinema, The Greensboro Dance Film Festival, and the NW Screendance Festival.
The Dreaming Dirt: Illustrations by Stephanie Brachmann
The Dreaming Dirt
The Dreaming Dirt is a multidisciplinary forum for works-in-process hosted by alumna Felicity Fenton (MFAIA-VT ’07) and Stephanie Brachmann, served open mic style at The Waypost (3120 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR). Participants will have (approximately) 5 to 10 minutes to share their work. This is a free-form environment welcoming and encouraging individuals with practices in all disciplines and non-disciplines to perform (or not). You can perform anything, wild or mundane. You can read something you’ve written or something someone else has written. You can make a declaration about the state of the world. You can do your taxes. You can talk about a painting you’ve painted. You can have a conversation with your Great Aunt. You can give a lecture on mud. You can sing an aria. You can play the spoons with your elbows. You can knit a tiny sweater. You can show up as the UPS driver delivering packages filled with dust. NOTE: If you are not in Portland and want to participate, you can share your work virtually (via Skype or FaceTime).
Bachelard’s Panty Drawer on Freeform Portland Radio
A biweekly radio show on Freeform Portland hosted by Felicity Fenton, Bachelard’s Panty Drawer is 1/3 conversation with artists/musicians/writers/thinkers/others and 2/3 music. Each show, which will be aired from 10 AM to 12 PM PST every two weeks beginning Saturday, October 8, 2016, will have a unique theme that inspires both the conversation and the playlist. The first guest on October 8th will be alumna Karin Bolender (MFAIA-VT ’07). The theme for the show is “Animal”.
Maquette, by John Fukushima, of the photographic installation from Laiwan’s Barnacle City at the City Centre Skytrain Station in Vancouver, Canada, with a QR Code detail. Image courtesy of the artist
Barnacle City at City Centre Skytrain Station
An image selected from Barnacle City, a recent video work by MFAIA-WA Faculty Advisor Laiwan, will be installed during the week of October 10th at the City Centre Skytrain Station in downtown Vancouver for approximately six months. There will be a launch on Friday, Oct 14, 2016 for the series of public works commissioned by the City of Vancouver, Public Art Program. The fifteen new works that have been commissioned for the “Coastal City” series, are an opportunity for artists to explore the border between land and sea, the designation of boundaries and life in a region near the shore, the changing land and ocean-scape, the influx of people and goods, the unique ecosystems, and related challenges and opportunities: circumstances that make coastal cities such as Vancouver unique.
Link: For more information on Coastal City artists and projects.
BREATH with the JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble
JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble in association with Ebony Repertory Theatre at NHPAC presents BREATH a powerful, provocative testament to the African American spirit, told through the movement, music and language of Jazz. With Choreography/Artistic Direction by current MFAIA-WA student Pat Taylor, Musical Direction by Trevor Ware, and Special Guest Choreographer: Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner. Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ 8pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016. Telephone: 323.964.9766
“Excellent live music and dancing that matches it in verve, rhythmic complexity and free-form invention: a proven concept, here distinctively reshaped.” – Los Angeles Times
Link: Purchase tickets online.
For more information, contact JazzAntiqua at firstname.lastname@example.org
MFAIA Program Director JuPong Lin attended the Under Western Skies Conference at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 27th to 30th, 2016. Photo: Goddard College
Under Western Skies
Under Western Skies, a biannual environmental conference at Mount Royal College has become a significant convening of environmental humanities in Canada. This year the organizers took on the timely and urgent theme of water. The conference opened with a brilliant talk by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair speculating about the work of indigenizing and decolonizing higher education. “We build the university four times a year when everyone comes together to construct our lodges.” Poet Christine Stewart spoke of the increasing message from elders asking white settlers to take a back seat in organizing to listen and learn from indigenous knowledge keepers. Milton Born with a Tooth was a near-constant presence throughout the conference reminding people about the history of the Old Man River dam project. The conference closed with Madonna Thunder Hawk voicing her observation that this younger generation of leaders in tribal government is growing up learning about sovereignty and other terms that were considered overly radical in her day. Speaking about her ongoing experience as an elder and organizer of the Standing Rock water protection gathering, she said, “I felt like I was watching decolonization happen right before my eyes.” MFAIA Program Director JuPong Lin presented “1000 Gifts of Decolonial Love,” a participatory performance that embellished on the intersection between cultural memory and non-western epistemologies and blends a paper-folding tutorial with an enactment of cultural memory. MFAIA-WA Faculty Advisor Devora Neumark gathered “Letters to Water” throughout the conference. JuPong writes of Devora’s project: “On the last day of the conference Devora performed a gorgeous recitation, underscoring the radical potential of the epistolary form.”