On the 11/23/22 edition of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour:
Dr. Andy’s first guest is Joe Mills, whose odd yet delightful Thanksgiving tradition inspires discussion of how constraints foster creativity. Mills then shares a Thanksgiving poem ironically preaching freedom from Thanksgiving. Miranda Phinney, first-year Physics major and student of Dr. Andy’s Bravery Studies class, reads us an original poem. Performance poet Felicity Artemis speaks with Dr. Andy about her mission to inspire visions of a hopeful future, then shares the second Thanksgiving-themed poem of the hour, a fiery exploration of the holiday. Finally, we hear a taste of Dr. Andy’s weekly blog, reminding us of the importance of the arts.
A faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Joseph Mills holds the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities and was honored with a 2017 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. His work includes poetry, fiction, drama, and criticism. He has published seven volumes of poetry with Press 53: Bodies in Motion; Exit, pursued by a bear; This Miraculous Turning, Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet; Love and Other Collisions; Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, and Somewhere During the Spin Cycle.
With his wife, Danielle Tarmey, he researched and wrote two editions of A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries. He has also edited a collection of film criticism entitled A Century of the Marx Brothers (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). He won the 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition sponsored by the North Carolina Writers Network for his essay, "On Hearing My Daughter Trying to Sing Dixie." In 2015, he won the North Carolina Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry for This Miraculous Turning.
Felicity Artemis is a performance poet, socio-political theorist, and future-mythologist. As performance artist and storyteller, Felicity Artemis is a “rebel-rouser” and a cultural heretic. Felicity's artistic mission is to disrupt the dystopian narrative that has colonized the collective imagination by evoking the empathic genius that exists within us all--to enable us to redirect the narrative toward visions of the future that are based on a universal ethos of empathy and spiritual reverence for all life on earth.
Felicity Artemis is a daughter of survivors of the Holocaust, which informs her unique perspective on the human condition. For over 40 years Felicity has been a writer, educator and self-styled socio-political theorist in the areas of eco-feminism and Earth-based spirituality, teaching about the connection between racism, sexism and destruction of the natural world.
Felicity Artemis will perform The End of Dystopia, presented by the Davis Community Vision Alliance, Saturday, November 26th, at 2:00 P.M. on the porch of The Wardrobe, 117 D Street in Davis.
Find out more about Dr. Andy's Poetry Night Reading Series in Davis, California by visiting http://www.poetryindavis.com. Invite your friends to sign up for the mailing list. To learn more about Dr. Andy’s tiny media fiefdom, visit his weekly newsletter at https://andyjones.substack.com and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/andyojones.