I’m delighted to be spending the upcoming break in Tucson & environs for an extended period of further research into the scarring processes of copper extraction, smelting, milling, distribution, disposal and salvage—all the bust & boom of modern and contemporary device-life being somehow driven by this ductile metal and its laborers. The University of Arizona Institute of Environment, English Department, and Poetry Center have teamed up with local artist collectives and activists to make this possible. Here’s the schedule so far:
English Poetics Research Group: Discussion of The Republic of Exit 43
University of Arizona, March 10, 2 pm, room TBA
La Cocina Restaurant & Cantina, March 21, 5-10 pm
201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Scappettone will present some of her latest work (in the form of readings and choral performances) that surround copper mining, environmental destruction, and data. The improvised violining of Vicki Brown (Tucson) will open the show.
Join us for eats, drinks, and performances outside under the stars and twinkly lights at La Cocina. As part of Tuesdays for Tucson, a portion of the proceeds from the night’s festivities will go to support these non-profit literary worker organizations in Tucson, Kore Press and POG. A resource table with information from our local environmental activist groups will be featured. We hope to see you all there!
Talk and collaborative exhibit on copper landscapes, University of Arizona Art Museum
UAMA, March 22, 11 am in the Collaborative Learning Center
Jennifer Scappettone is a poet, performer, scholar, and translator who works at the University of Chicago. She is currently working on a series of choral poetry scores and researching copper-mining and its environmental impacts in Southern AZ. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly (2009) and The Republic of Exit 43 (Atelos, 2016). More of her work and collaborations can be found at http://oikost.com.
1031 North Olive Road
Tucson, AZ 85721-0002