Saturday, June 21 (summer solstice), 2:00 – 11:00 pm
Along the river in Tukwila
Writer and organizer Greg Bem curated an epic exploratory walk along the southern reaches of the Duwamish, interspersed with performance, storytelling and art-making. Participants were able to join in at any point along the route.
Pedestrian Bridge (42nd Ave): Micah Freeman; Tanya Holtland; RE DRUM & The Whale; Shae Savoy
Green River Trail Stretch (from 119th St to Codiga Bridge): Guild of Chaotic Cartographers
Beneath Codiga Bridge (E Marginal Way) (330-4pm): Greg Bem & Natasha Marin; RE DRUM & The Whale; Shae Savoy
Duwamish Gardens/Carosino Houses (E Marginal Way): Greg Bem & Natasha Marin; Bryan Edenfield; Amber Cortes & Jenn Campbell
Duwamish Riverside (S 115th St): Greg Bem & Natasha Marin; Bryan Edenfield; Shae Savoy
Duwamish Hill Preserve (S 115th St): City Meditation Crew; Paul Nelson; Doug Nufer; Roger Fernandes; Kristen Young; Devin O’Reilly; Syd Shera
Allentown Home: Robert McClure & Paul Joseph Brown; Emiliana Chavez; Sarah & Vasant Samudre; RE DRUM & The Whale; Dakota Gearhart; Bridget Stixrood & Carl Stixrood; Molly Mac
Various Locations & Ephemera: Ambrosia Bartośekulva; Chelsea Kurnick; Hailey Higdon; Anne Bean
Locations of performances subject to change day-of dependent on weather and logistics.
Full participant bios and links are below…
Brooke Alford is a longtime Allentown resident, a major community member responsible for much of the Duwamish Hill Preserve’s development and founding, and a member of the Tukwila Planning Commission.
For Tukwila Revealed, Brooke will introduce the Duwamish Hill and discuss its recent history as a park and community center.
Ambrosia Bartośekulva hails from and is heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest, creating damp, dark, swampy soundscapes and illustrations. Her work layers and weaves the ethereal with the physical, without the two ever quite touching.
For Tukwila Revealed, Ambrosia will be installing temporal, sonic altars throughout the spaces explored during the event. The ambient noise found within these altars will channel the energies of the river.
Anne Bean’s fiction has appeared in Urban Fantasy Magazine, The Pitkin Review, and the anthology Tell Me A Fable from Dark Opus Press. She produced her first comic, “The Bird & The Sausage,” with artist Ben Horak. She lives in Seattle, where she is the Associate Editor for Minor Arcana Press.
For Tukwila Revealed, Anne Bean will present Tree Meditations: science melds with poetry. Participants will be offered an opportunity to sit against, lay down under, hug, or otherwise commune with a tree while listening to a guided meditation.
Greg Bem has lived in Seattle since 2010. He helped found and run the Breadline Performance Series. He occasionally organizes a series called Ghost Tokens. He was a co-curator of citydrift:Portland and a co-organizer of Our City Festival in Phnom Penh. He has performed multiple times at Lo-Fi at Smoke Farm, once with the Four Hoarse Men, of which he recently fulfilled a residency on Post-Disciplinary Texts through Cornish College of the Arts.
Natasha Marin’s passions include language, aesthetics, making friends, and the color red. She is terrified of soul train lines, spiders, reading poetry aloud, and abandonment. Her work travels with her around the world as part of the underground art ritual Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea, which uses time, tea, and technology to bring about Genuine Encounters. Her aliases include Vulnerable Red, daughter of Staunch Red and Red-Eye-Red. She is a mother of two smaller humans—Empire Red and Second Stardust Red.
For Tukwila Revealed, Greg and Natasha will be performing a dynamic piece of poetic dialogues entitled “Two Currents,” which explores the nature of a single body capable of moving in multiple directions. This piece will be an extension of their autobiographical project “Genuine Encounters.”
Emiliana Chavez has been living in the funky Seattle neighborhood of Columbia City for the past 17 years. Hailing from picturesque New Mexico, she has come to the realization that she really enjoys taking photographs of the beauty that surrounds our everyday lives. She has also found that through social media, she has been able to share these aesthetic images that cross her path with not only friends and family but with a network of people across the globe.
For Tukwila Revealed, Emiliana will be showcasing physical prints of her photography. Emiliana says, “I started getting into photography just a few years ago, mostly for fun but soon came to find out that it is truly one of my passions. I enjoy taking photographs of grandiose landscapes, bodies of water, colorful and vibrant sunsets, birds, llamas and of my two super cute Chihuahuas, Paco and Cookie.”
City Meditation Crew (CMC) is a group of “city workers” who call attention to sites and actions simply by paying attention. In this CMC action, the workers invite participants to explore hands-on contemplative art making with materials from the Duwamish. Kids and adults welcome! For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Tukwila Revealed, CMC workers invite participants to join them in creating small hand-made “gift” objects from silt, reminders of the gift that the river itself brings from upstream and downstream.
Amber Cortes is a writer, filmmaker, and artist based in Seattle. Jennifer Campbell is a fashion writer, visual artist and vocalist. This is their first collaboration together.
For Tukwila Revealed, Amber and Jenn will be presenting ripe + rooted. At the house on the hill, she waits. Cold and alone, she tries to make a fire, but the meager fuel is not enough to make a flame. Her friends and family are gone. Ice covers her face and hands. Ravens swoop in with a cold wind to bother her, bringing dirt and painful memories. But still, she waits. Because she knows someone is coming soon. It is getting warmer… ripe + rooted is a durational performance exploring themes of isolation, aging, strength, memory and place. It is inspired by the Epic of the Winds Duwamish myth.
Bryan Edenfield is the co-founder and director of Babel/Salvage, a small press/arts organization in Seattle. He is the author of 33 Opening Paragraphs, Glossolopolis Number One, and numerous short stories and essays. He grew up in Arizona and has a B.A. in philosophy and history, so don’t worry.
For Tukwila Revealed, Bryan will act as your tour guide into the imaginary, concealed and factual history of the Duwamish and its environs, revealing the ghosts that lurk within mundane and abandoned structures.
Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist and storyteller whose work focuses on the Puget Salish tribes of western Washington. He is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha Band of S’Klallam Indians and has a degree in Native American Studies from the Evergreen State College. He recently earned a master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University in Seattle. He has backgrounds in art, education, and social work and uses this unique combination of skills to shape his work and presentations. Roger has been a storyteller for over 25 years and incorporates stories into a wide range of topics such as education, culture, counseling, and personal empowerment. As a storyteller he shares the myths and legends of tribes across the region and looks at the “teachings” within those stories and examines their relevance to the modern life of indigenous people. He also teaches that storytelling is “healing”, helping people find the stories that can guide and inform them on their life journey. He also uses traditional stories as guides for community organizing and social change. As an artist he creates Coast Salish designs and paintings and prints that share the culture and beliefs of the local Salish tribes. He has received several arts commissions, both public and private, and teaches Coast Salish art classes to tribal artists from all around the region. He often connects art with traditional storytelling as a way of creating messages of social and cultural change that can be shared in multiple contexts.
For Tukwila Revealed, Roger will share myths and legends from tribes of the Puget Sound region including the Muckleshoot/Duwamish, the Snoqualmie, and the S’Klallam. These stories will share deeper elements of the tribal world view, explaining how they see the world, how it works, and how one lives in the world in a good way. He will share the story of Moon the Transformer, and the North Wind’s Fishing Weir story.
“Millard Fanningold is most interesting least of all.” – Micah Freeman. For Tukwila Revealed, Micah will fixate on a canned gaze. He will try to make sense of basically nothing, and feel stupid & flirtatious customary penultimate instructionatorial GIANT tickling fetish walking down the road in opposite directions, and think I’ll never see you again.
Dakota Gearhart is the progeny of a philosophizing mechanic and a feminist director. Identifying as a bisexual mermaid, her practice in video and installation expose hierarchical value systems of eco-desire. Dakota has exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; On The Ground Floor, Los Angeles, BronxArtSpace, New York, FalseFront, Portland; Vulpes Vulpes, London; and Taiyuan Normal University Gallery, Shanxi. She is the recipient of the Artist Trust Project Grant, the 4Culture Individual Project Grant, and the Jane Davis Fellowship. She received her BFA from Florida State University and her MFA from the University of Washington. Currently, she lives and works out of a decomposing cement box in the Pacific Northwest.
For Tukwila Revealed, Dakota will invoke video and installation-based strategies, exposing issues of eco-desire and consumption through the lens of supernatural fantasy. Recontextualizing abandoned imagery and objects with digital sound and video projection, Dakota will make staged utopian paradises subliminally infused with a vulnerability and violence us humans are in constant struggle with. Dakota’s intention is to cloak the viewer in a realm of superficial seduction – similar to a mirage that distorts while clarifying – and ask if we can compassionately inhabit a reconceived eco-system that is synthetic and digital as we are.
Guild of Chaotic Cartographers is Lydia Swartz, Christin Call, and Vanessa DeWolf. Vanessa DeWolf is a postdisciplinary artist who works in the intersections of embodiment, poetics, and dance improvisation. She runs Studio Current in the heart of Capitol Hill. Pine cones, narrative shenanigans, her father’s photographs, and uncomfortable quantities of hair are on her plate of free association. Choreographer / dancer / poet / visual artist Christin Call is co-founder and co-artistic director of Coriolis Dance, which most recently produced Unfixed Arias. She holds a BA in Painting and Art History and was featured as an emerging poet in the Boston Review. She has published two collections of poetry. Lydia Swartz is an artistically omnivorous flaneur and story succubus. Minor Arcana Press published her deck of Shuffle Poems in 2014.
For Tukwila Revealed, the Guild of Chaotic Cartographers will interrogate and map an area on and around the trail, making a dialog with the land and the waterway and building a narrative. We (the guild and you) will attempt to provide the land a voice. We will be the singing under the trees. The guild will create transitory and objective maps. Containers for artifacts and experiences will be provided. You may choose to participate or observe.
Hailey Higdon is a poet. She is the author of several chapbooks. Her most recent project, “Yes & What Happens,” was completed as a part of the Dusie Kollektiv 2015. She is a lifelong student of sound and language.
For Tukwila Revealed, Hailey writes: “Sound appreciates, creates access to labels, naming. Labels imprint reminders of set objects. Rivers are collections of object sets, molecules, which sometimes appear whole in maps. A bridge, another collection of varied parts, put together to facilitate something under, something over, something across. This collection of sound is meant to fall between the cracks of the bridge, the molecules of the river, and rest squarely in the body of the listener, divorced from reminders of the categorical mind.”
Tanya Holtland’s work has appeared in Oxalis, Statement, and as a finalist for the editors’ prize in poetry at MARY: A Journal of New Writing. She has read poetry in Cambodia and at the Yale Writers’ Conference, and holds creative writing degrees from San Francisco State University. A Los Angeles native with roots spread over California, she currently lives on a bank of the Duwamish River.
For Tukwila Revealed, Tanya will give a reading of poetry on the Tukwila footbridge, presenting the idea of movement as base camp, of building a home inside bewilderment.
Chelsea Kurnick lived in Seattle from 2011 until 2014. She resides in Los Angeles now, but continues to find creative inspiration from Seattle’s people and landscape. Chelsea has been featured at the Hugo House’s Cheap Wine and Poetry, The Breadline, the Glossophonic Showcase, the Greenwood Lit Crawl, and Claustrophobia, and Medicine Ball Poets vs. Playwrights. Her work is published or forthcoming in Phantom Limb, Mosaic, The Breadline Anthology, and elsewhere.
For Tukwila Revealed, Chelsea will contribute a short chapbook. Each of the poems written will be distributed individually at each stop throughout the event.
Rich Lehl was born in Portland, Oregon in 1969. He studied painting and printmaking at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art. Rich has been exhibiting his work for over 20 years in galleries and museums across the United States and internationally, including the GAS Gallery in Torino, Italy. He lives and works in Seattle and is currently represented by the Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Rich has been a past recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship Award in Visual Arts and an Artist Trust GAP Grant Award. He also has work in the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Portable Works Collection and has been a resident artist at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Sheridan, Wyoming.
For Tukwila Revealed, Rich will create a physical map that “reveals” the event’s intricacies. Copies of the map will be provided for free to attendees.
Molly Mac is a video artist, performer and writer based in Seattle. After finishing an MFA in Combined Media at Hunter College in NYC, she spent two years doing postgraduate research on digital narrative design at the University of Washington Center for DXARTS. She has shown video installation work in New York, Seattle, London and Glasgow, and in 2014 she had exhibitions and multimedia projects sponsored by The Henry Art Gallery and Method Gallery in Seattle.
For Tukwila Revealed, Molly will present a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Skip The Line,” which will consider some Tukwila city planning maps from the point of view of Melusine—the original double finned alchemical mermaid featured on the Starbucks logo. As the Tukwila Starbucks has one of the largest logo signs in the surrounding area, Melusine has a unique vantage from which to survey maps of the Tukwila surroundings.
For Tukwila Revealed, Paul’s photo work will be shown in a slideshow format while Robert tells the story of the Duwamish and how it has changed over the years, from a place of incredible natural bounty, to the most industrialized spot in the Northwest, to a Superfund site whose cleanup has been the focus of a lot of what Robert has written about. The talk will include some vignettes, such as the elderly Duwamish couple who lived in a houseboat on the Duwamish after it was channelized and, in a place that had fed their tribe and others for millennia, starved to death. Robert will also tell tales of the unbelievable intensity of the industrial buildup in the middle of the last century and of early botched cleanups in this one. (They’ve now learned how to dredge the toxic crud out of the river without spreading it around, it appears.) Robert will also address questions about, for example, the ongoing Superfund cleanup.
Paul Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Author of the books: Organic Poetry (essays) (VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, Baltimore, 2010, shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (book-length-essay, Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he lives in the Duwamish River watershed in Seattle’s diverse 98118 zip code with his youngest daughter Ella Roque.
For Tukwila Revealed, Paul will read poems inspired by First People in Cascadia.
Doug Nufer is the author of three books of poetry and seven novels, the most recent of which is Lifeline Rule, where vowels and consonants alternate one-by-one. Informed by long bike rides, his homophonic mystery narrative poem The Dammed exposes the Green River valley as a poor man’s wise guy underworld.
For Tukwila Revealed, Doug will read from “Interurban Legends,” a prose poem that traces Green River and Interurban bike trails as they wend their way to mayhem.
Devin O’Reilly is an educator and Earth scientist proudly living in his native South Seattle. Whether guiding school groups as a Seattle Parks Naturalist or giving presentations on the geology of Duwamish River Valley, he’s lucky enough to exercise his passion: distilling complex information into digestible, engaging learning.
For Tukwila Revealed, Devin will explore DEEP TIME, and will attempt to answer these questions: How old is the ground beneath your feet? Has it always been there? What does “where” mean when the “when” is thirty million years ago? Where did the Duwamish River Valley come from? Where is it going?
RE DRUM and the Whale is an upon-occasion performance poetry troupe consisting of Alex Bleecker, Willie James, & Jeremy Springsteed. They have performed at Hugo House’s 100,000 Poets for Change, the 2012 Breadline holiday party, and Smoke Farm’s Lo-Fi arts festival, addressing such topics as US/Middle East relations, the unknowability of the future, and the life and work of Italian folk artist Carlo Zinelli. Their work has also appeared in Stanford University’s Mantis journal. RE DRUM and the Whale is a poetry project exploring the life and myth of whales and the damned who live inside them.
For Tukwila Revealed, RE DRUM and the Whale will be drawing inspiration from the Book of Jonah, cetology journals, as well as handwritten letters found on site by former Tukwila squatters.
Vasant and Sarah Samudre are a filmmaking and writing partnership located in Seattle, WA. Together they run Samudre Media and produce, direct, write, and animate quality films and videos; design graphics and websites; copy write; photograph authors and artists; and train authors in social media and others aspects of digital publicity. Vasant has more than a decade of experience in video production and has traveled the world extensively, filming mini-documentaries for non-profit organizations. Sarah is a published author and was formerly marketing director of Hugo House, a literary center in Seattle, WA, before leaving to launch Samudre Media full-time. Both have dual degrees in English Literature and Comparative Literature: Cinema Studies from University of Washington. Currently, they are co-writing and co-directing the 4Culture/San Francisco Film Society sponsored documentary, Promised Land, through their film company, Tall Firs Cinema.
For Tukwila Revealed, Vasant and Sarah will present “Discovering the Duwamish,” a small preview of their film and discussion of the filmmaking journey with the Duwamish tribe and river; examining how one influences the other and how both have driven the documentary. Their film PROMISED LAND is sponsored by 4Culture and San Francisco Film Society, currently in post-production. It focuses on the Duwamish tribe and Duwamish River, and explores the complicated issues surrounding federal recognition and indigenous treaty rights by following two Pacific Northwest tribes, the Duwamish and Chinook, as they fight for restoration of treaty rights.
Carl Stixrood is a retired planner/landscape architect who began his career working for the City of Tukwila in 1975. Carl and his wife Annie live in Seattle and enjoy boating and traveling by motor home. Bridget Stixrood recently moved to Tukwila with her partner Alexi to a small house with big plans. Bridget is a poet, cooking and gardening enthusiast and is pursuing a family nurse practitioner degree. Since returning to Seattle in 2010 she has participated in various open mics and collaborated with local visual and performance artists.
For Tukwila Revealed, Carl and Bridget Stixrood will collaborate to reveal the character of Tukwila through documented history and photographs of present day Allentown. Carl Stixrood began his career as a planner/landscape architect working for Tukwila in the 70’s. He will revisit some of the research he did for environmental assessments and park planning as well as his own personal interest in the history of Allentown and Tukwila. The presentation will be accompanied with photographs by Bridget Stixrood. Like many Seattle natives she had not heard of Allentown nor had she been there. She fell in love with the look and feel of the neighborhood, and is exploring the neighborhood and documenting it before it changes again.
Shae Savoy, a Seattle poet, Tarot reader and water cartographer, holds an MFA from Goddard College. She is a poetry editor for Clockhouse Journal and works as a youth empowerment and arts educator. She blogs at shaesavoy.com. Shae’s poems have most recently appeared in WomenArts Quarterly; Jet Fuel Review; Common Ground Review; and TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, and she won the 2014 Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Prize. She would love to read your Tarot cards. For Tukwila Revealed, Shae will present “Priestessing the River,” a poetry ritual in which participants will invoke the voices of the Duwamish River, followed by a facilitated listening experience. An invitation to open into a syntax of water, to sink into rivertime, and to collectively vision a return to fresh living waters, within and without.
Syd Shera is a ceramic artist. While she tends toward the ceremonial and the ritualistic with her public raku firings, she also teaches the ceramic arts at her studio in Georgetown. Currently she is marketing endangered species animal art that gives a portion of the proceeds to animal habitat preservation. For Tukwila Revealed, Syd presents “Blessings for the River,” which is a raku firing for a group of people who are helping Tukwila reveal itself. Participants will make blessings from clay, fire them in an outdoor raku kiln, and offer them to the Duwamish River, currently classified as a toxic river that runs through Tukwila. The river is undergoing a transformational cleanup and the blessings are offered for its recovery and return to a thriving living river.
Kristen Millares Young is a freelance reporter for the Guardian and the New York Times and was researcher for “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” which won a Pulitzer Prize and a Peabody Award in 2013. Hailed by The Stranger as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction,” Kristen will read from her novel, a tragic love story about an anthropologist who befriends and betrays a hoarder and her son. Kristen graduated from Harvard College and the MFA program at the University of Washington, where she studied and taught creative writing. She is a co-founder and board member of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit journalism center. For Tukwila Revealed, Kristen will be reading selections from her debut-novel-in-progress, Subduction.
PROVISIONS and SUPPORT (thanks!):
Beer provided by Odin Brewing Company.
Cider provided by Schilling Cider Company.
Non-alcoholic beverages provided by Rachel’s Ginger Beer.
Bread provided by Columbia City Bakery.