Events and Appearances

This MIGHT still happen, we’ll call it in April: April 22nd, 7.30pm: Gut Botany launch party at Tea Haus, Ann Arbor, first night of the Eco-Somatics Symposium.

NOTE! All of these March/April events below are cancelled due to coronavirus shut-downs. 

April 1st, 3pm: Ice Bar/Gut Botany Reading at Washington State University as part of the Visiting Writer’s Series Also: Speculative Fiction Workshop, March 31st to April 2nd 5-8pm

March 17th, 2020: Interview with Shelley Manis, on the W2:Writer to Writer series, Literati, Ann Arbor and WCBN radio

March 14th: Book Suey, 10345 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck, 2pm: Gut Botany Reading

March 4th – 8th: Appearances at AWP. Organizer of Land, Language, Survival: Women Eco-Writers panel, with “Women eco-writers share language, survival, and land practices. Margaret Noodin discusses Anishinaabemowin/English poetry and the power of knowing one place well. Ann Fisher-Wirth writes about chronic illness and meditation in Mississippi. DJ Lee writes about the Selway Wilderness, ghost forests, and her mysterious grandmother. Pam Uschuk discusses Southwestern wild lands, refugee crossings, and healing from cancer. Petra Kuppers, a disabled Michigan settler, moves with insects and mushrooms.”

Also look for various Gut Botany book signings: Wayne State University Press’s table (Friday 11-12), Black Earth Institute’s Table (Saturday 11.30), ASLE’s table (Friday 3.30).

March 7th: 1.45-3: AWP Reading as part of the Zoeglossia/Beauty is a Verb Disabled Poets event! Room 214C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level.

March 5th: AWP Reading: as part of a reading sponsored by Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, and the Black Earth Institute, Marriott Hotel on Thursday,  Travis Room from 6:30-8. This catered reading features Patricia Jabbeh WesleyHedy Sabbagh HabraRichard JacksonChard DeNiordPetra KuppersAnn Fisher-Wirth, Pam Uschuk, and Sarah Browning.

February 22nd, 1.30-2.30, Ypsilanti Public Library, Michigan Avenue: Dark Fantasy: Ice Bar Reading, and discussion of speculative fiction in social justice work.

February 6th-11th, Guest Artist/Scholar at Western University, Ontario, with Ice Bar/Gut Botany reading February 6th, 3-4.30. Workshop Description:

Disability Culture Performance Workshop Intensive with Petra Kuppers! February 7-9 2020, Western University, Ontario, Friday 11.30 to 4, Sat/Sun 11-4, free.
Calling for disability culture people, experimental anthropologists, and performance folx: Eco-Somatic Score Creation. Let’s meet for a few winter days at Western University, London, Ontario. We will explore different venues on campus and use performance scores to engage in rituals of attention, healing, imagination, beauty, and care. Movement and writing will be our main modalities. Apply to Pam Block:

January 21st, 7.15: Gut Botany reading, Goddard College, Haybarn Theatre, Plainfield, Vermont

December 8th, Sunday, 6.30: Taproom Ypsilanti: Frog Island end-of-year reading with all featured readers for 2019

December 5th, 4pm: Ice Bar Reading as part of HIVES Research Workshop and Speaker Series (Disability Studies, Animal Studies, Popular Culture), Michigan State University

December 2nd: Keynote at Disability Arts and Culture Symposium, Eastern Michigan University (also: visual art exhibits and performance work at the associated exhibit, Way Opens, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti)

November 21st, Hopwood Room, 2.30-3.30, University of Michigan, Zell Writing Program: Writing Aware Q&A on Representing Disability

November 16th: Tendings: (Disabled) Bodymindspirits in Space. Workshop at the National Women’s Studies Association, San Francisco. “This workshop offers an artful space for engagement and resource-sharing, bringing contemporary art-based approaches to bear on sitedness, on our bodies’ interaction with the built environment, on being in space with others, on being interdependent and in caring relations. Petra Kuppers will lead disability culture exercises from the Tendings curriculum, developed with mental health system survivor Stephanie Heit and a range of other allies. Tendings are everyday collaborative practices that combine experiential anatomy, disability culture, eco-specific investigations, somatic exercises, and writing. This practice nourishes activist interdependent energies and pools resources for community building and stewardship of self and the environment.”

October 17th to 21st, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

October 6th 2019, Frog Island Reading, Ypsilanti

September 2019: Guest Teacher on BFA for Socially Engaged Art, Goddard College, semester theme: Apocalypse, Futurity, and (Re)Making the World

August 2019, Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Reading from Green Orion Woman

August 2019: Dance Studies Association, Gathering for Community Dance

July 2019: Performance Studies international, Calgary, Canada

June 2019: Ice Bar/Solarpunk discussion at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Davis, California

June 2019: ‘Disability Performance Conversations: Circles, Pools, Flows.’ Keynote for the Canadian Theatre Studies Association, with pool workshop

April 2019:  Writer guest, Washtenaw Writer’s Studio

February 2019: Ice Bar reading and discussion as part of Animal Studies Work Group, University of Michigan

January 2019: Ice Bar reading at ConFusion, Detroit

January 2019: Ice Bar discussion as part of MLA conference panel on disability and science fiction, Chicago

October 2018: Ice Bar reading as part of Disability and LGBTQ event, University of Michigan

October 2018: Participation in Black Earth Institute Retreat, Wisconsin, as a new fellow

September – December 2018: Salamander, a disability culture underwater video installation, at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan – one of the core inspirations of Ice Bar.

September 2018: Ice Bar at Kerrytown Bookfest

June 2018: Ice Bar: Disability Culture Writing. Proper book launch!  Thursday, June 21 7pm Aut Bar Patio, Common Language Bookstore, Ann Arbor

May 2018: Ice Bar reading at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

May 2018: WisCon! Feminism and Science Fiction Convention. Ice Bar reading as part of Queer Times reading, Michelangelo Sunday night, 10pm

April 2018: Ice Bar at Embodiment and Science Fiction conference, Hamilton, Canada

Ice Bar at Stony Brook University – reading and workshop

Ice Bar at Bluestockings – an evening of lush embodiment and queer/crip storytelling