Cursed with clarity

Cursed with clarity
is one of the songs from my album
“Would you like to come home?”
released with Moloko Plus (by Ralf Friel) in Germany.

The lyrics, vocals, video and animation are by me, and the music is composed by Brandon Davis and Marie Mark Andersen. This was mixed at STC studios in Copenhagen by Dr.Hansen…

In celebration of poetry month, here’s this brand new experimental videopoem:

The illustrations are a stop-motion animation I created during the long train rides and flights of this recent US tour, accompanied by footage of microscopic organisms in movement, a meditation on microcosms, structures and life’s intricate beauty. I will come back soon with an update on the tour and upcoming poetic adventures, but for now, remember, love is free!

2023: Hit the ground running…

Dear worldthreaders,

I am delighted to share with you the current calendar of activities / performances / workshops scheduled for 2023, and will be updating this post often with the latest changes. For now, if you’re in these cities, please come say hi and be part of this neverstopping act of poetic disobedience.

p.s: I will be sharing poetry from my new book Lotería: Nocturnal Sweepstakes in the events marked with a (*) . Join me!

*JAN 19 Turku: Bar Ö – Featuring Daniel Malpica & Elizabeth Torres + Open might night. ***What a blast this was, thanks! I read in public for the first time from my upcoming book Lotería, and it was very moving to see the audiences response. Plus I truly enjoyed everyone else’s input and voices. Kiitos!

JAN 21-23 Turku: The Ecology of Artistic Research – Investigation and documentation. Follow to learn more.

Jan 23 – 27 Helsinki: OPEN ROAD – As part of an ActinArt award and with the support of Nordisk Kulturfond, we’ll be creating a guide for performers on the road in the Nordic region. Stay tuned for more.

Jan 27 – 31 Helsinki: The Ecology of Artistic Research – Investigation and documentation. Follow to learn more.

Jan 31 – Feb 28 EVERYWHERE: VERSOPOLIS Poetry Expo 2023 – Red Press presents a bilingual compilation of women in poetry.

Plus screening of selection of poetry films from the permanent archive of the Poetic Phonotheque.

Feb 17 Birmingham UK: VERVE Poetry Festival – Screening of “Gettin’ On With It” poetry film. SEE HERE.

Feb 17 – 26 Stockholm: The Ecology of Artistic Research – Investigation and documentation. Follow to learn more.

*Feb 22 – Stockholm: Worldthreading workshop, talk & screening of the Poetic Phonotheque at Hallwylska Museet as part of IMMART’s Artival.

*Feb 28 – Everywhere: BOOK RELEASE! La Lotería: Nocturnal Sweepstakes / Sorteo Nocturno, winner of the Ambroggio Prize of the Academy of American Poets, is released by the University of Arizona Press. Reserve your copy here.

*March: US TOUR. – More details coming soon.
*March 9: US, Seattle – AWP Book fair & Book release with the Academy of American Poets at 11 and at the University of Arizona Press’ booth at 13.
*March 14 US: Clark University: Across Languages: A Writers’ Roundtable

*March 15-22 US: NY book presentations TBA.

March 25 Copenhagen: Book release of ABSTRAKT MASKINE by Red Press at Red Door.

April 1-2 Copenhagen: Perfect Binding: Outsider Book Fair – Hosted by Red Door and Husets Biograf, thanks to the support of Nordisk Kulturfond.

April 8 – 23 Oslo, Norway: The Ecology of Artistic Research – Investigation and documentation. Follow to learn more.

April 8 Spain & EVERYWHERE: BOOK RELEASE!!! Expediciones a la Región Furtiva comes out in Spanish with Valparaiso Ediciones.

*April 13 Oslo: Worldthreading: Workshop, screening of Poetic Phonotheque and poetry reading, as part of IMMART’s Artival.

April 25 – 30 Granada, Spain: TBA

*May 5: Wales PEN and Llenyddiaeth Cymru / Literature Wales Poetry Reading

*May 6 Wales: Creative writing masterclass: Multimedia poetry workshop at University of Wales Trinity St David.

*May 24 Copenhagen: Worldthreading: Workshop, screening and poetry performance as part of IMMART’s Artival.

*May 26 – 29 Madrid Book Fair: TBA

June: Premier of play at Momentum in Odense, DK: “TRIC – The Real Insight Challenge”. More details coming soon.

*July 1 – 8 Sweden: Tranås at the Fringe

*July / August UK / online: Poetry masterclass with UK collaboration TBA

*Sep 10 – 18 Paris: European Beat Studies Network conference

Oct 6-7 Copenhagen: Red Door 14 year anniversary

If you’re a cultural organizer and would like to book me for poetry / creative writing / multimedia workshops, masterclasses, talks and performances, please write to

If you’d like to give your support, I encourage you to join my Patreon. There you can receive exclusives of each of these activities, behind-the-scenes content, and even a subscription for the physical copies of Red Door Magazine.

Thanks to all of you for your support, and looking forward to seeing you in one of these events!

Madam Neverstop.

NATURE & CULTURE – International Poetry Film Festival is here!

Dear worldthreaders,

The 2nd edition of NATURE & CULTURE (International Poetry Film Festival) is right around the corner… no, wait, look, it’s here!

This festival, which is all about poetry but in reality, so much more than that, because it is about environmental awareness, diversity, cultures, film… worldthreading, and the ways we as humans express and connect, is back in its second edition this Sunday, November 20.

Here’s the beautiful poster, designed by Danish artist Hunter Berg.

…And here is the program for the physical event, which is taking place this November 20 at Husets Biograf in Copenhagen.

As you can see, it contains everything from director talks, to poetry readings, and the screenings of animations, shorts, experimentals, documentaries and… POETRY films.

It is true that this is a yearly festival, and by that it wouldn’t be a lie to say that it takes us a whole year to plan it. Us as in me and my many hats, but thankfully also a beautiful team of collaborators, from the organizers and volunteers at Husets Biograf who welcomed this project with open arms, to the collaborators of The Poetic Phonotheque in Sweden, KULTIVERA, who help with organization and promotion, but also have a segment of Swedish poetry and “Cinematic Ekphrasis” as part of this… and of course, the Red Door team, this year featuring Pablo Saborio as one of the performers, along with Colombian/Swedish poet Angela Garcia.

Are you in Copenhagen? There are still some tickets left and you can order them here:

Are you elsewhere in the planet?

Have no fear!

We received over 600 films and from this made a selection of 100, which you can enjoy for free during the festival’s digital screening by visiting

And yes, all the poetry films become part of the permanent collection of the Poetic Phonotheque, which is often on tour in the Nordic region.

The festival this year has a focus, apart from the core ecological awareness and support to environmental messages, in the voices of indigenous communities around the planet. It is a very moving, empowering and eye-opening selection, so I truly hope you take the time to listen to the dreams, secrets, messages and stories they’ve agreed to share with us.

Here’s a few stills from what we can expect in this coming festival:

HUNI (Brazil) Directed by Danielle Mccormick: The Huni Kuin are a remote indigenous tribe living in the Amazon rainforest. The psychedelic brew Ayahuasca is a key part of their spirituality. They are so concerned about the effects climate change is having on the jungle they held a tribal gathering and Ayahuasca ceremony to pray.

SENTENCES (Germany) Directed by Cia Rinne: Sentences is based on sentences from the book with the same title by Cia Rinne. In sentences, it is the sentence as a linguistic unit itself that reflects on its purpose and position.

MOTHBOX (US) Directed by Nathan King: a short experimental animated film using paper cut outs and a multiplane camera system that involves three layers of glass.

THE FUTURE IS FABRIC (Australia) Directed by Julia Marin: The tumultous and triumphant life of Lao Master Weaver, Khaisy Sophabmixay. Born in the midst of conflict, Khaisy began a woman-led enterprise with one loom and two weavers. After decades of championing traditional, sustainable textile design, she has now been recognised as one of Asia’s greatest artisans.

And as a little extra token, I can share with you that as part of my MFA Program in Performing Arts, lately I’ve been working on a short film with a few of my classmates. It is called The Findings, which is a poem of my authorship, and it is done in collaboration with Anna Carla Maria Penati and Tjörvi Lederer, who will be present at the festival to introduce it in its premier night.

So, without further ado, I invite you to enjoy this incredible festival, starting on Sunday and continuing until November 30.

My gratitude to everyone who participated with their films or who is in one way or another involved with this project.

Love and film and poetry,

Madam Neverstop

Performance, community, poetry, intimacy, connection… and typewriters.

Dear worldthreaders,

Beautiful things are happening.

I have just returned from the last session in Aarhus of my writing specialization as part of the MFA in Performing Arts I am pursuing. This marks the completion of a great aspect of this program, but more importantly, a new achievement: My toolbox has now been upgraded to playwriting also. Yes, I’ve written a play, and I am madly in love with it.
It is a play on uncertainty, on identity, on heartbreak… the dynamics of relationships and exile. I look very much forward to finding out where it goes from here.

Apart from that, I recently spent a few weeks in Odense, as part of a collective performance we titled Entrance to a Cave. It was at HC Andersen’s house in Odense. Yes, the fairytale poet. The mysterious entity who haunts and enchants most of our childhood memories with his stories. It was time to give some of that love back.

My colleagues Simon David Zeller, Heiki Riipinen, Clara Sindel and I, decided to face the subject head on, also inspired by our own queerness and fluidity, our own understanding of sensuality and intimacy, as well as of neurodivergence, and moved by the invasive feelings of peeking through the private life of a stranger, while being followed around the museum with an audio guide in our heads whispering in various voices maniacally and contradicting itself… which led us all to wish for an intimate experience that would persuade people to disconnect themselves from the headphones and seek secrecy connection and deviance. Personally, I thought of my own ideas of intimacy as that which is corporal and mental, physical and spiritual, that which does not require tangibility. Of course, it needed to be connected to my own essence. To my poetry. So in this cave, the poet wrote poems to an audience who shared dreams, fears, desires and other intimate secrets as inspiration. It was oh, so powerful!

I’ll be writing more in detail about this in the future, but for now I can share that over 20 poems were written and given to people, and the experience also allowed me to tune in with something I don’t want to call automatic writing, but poetry in flux. What it meant was removing myself from my constant safe, comfort areas of writing, to step out into a language that was familiar to others, and thread a poem this way, instinctively.

In other news, Red Door is currently exhibiting the art of Karsten Garner, an exhibition titled Paths & Patches. It is on exhibit until Nov 20, and on the 14th we invite you to a closing party, hopefully just as fun as the opening, which had plenty of great wine from Sabotøren, live music, and old and new friends.

Now, I am preparing to give a workshop next week at Copenhagen University, as part of a masters’ class on Ecocritical Reading and Environmental Writing, where the students and I will engage in conversation about the Poetic Phonotheque, the upcoming festival, my role as a poet and cultural organizer, and what it is I want to give back to the world… and why. I am very excited for this workshop because it is in the city I reside in, something which doesn’t happen often, and because it is a hands-on workshop that very much involves my multimedia passions: broadcasting, film, animation, visual and performing arts… all of this communicated through poetry.
If you had to guess, what would you think is the magical ingredient I want us to use to conjure the magic?

Well, typewriters, of course! So if I’m distant this week, it’s because I’m trying to tune up and decide which four are giving the workshop with me.

Now, Red Door Magazine has been on hold, mainly because the upcoming edition is the 13th anniversary edition, but also because I am still preparing the upcoming film festival so my hands have been busy.

Speaking of.

All of you who enjoy Red Door (magazine AND gallery) and who have in one way or another benefitted from the cultural work I do: As you know Red Door was created to help document, inform and connect our communities, here in Copenhagen, the Nordic region, the US and LatAm and everywhere else Red Door has supporters…but running these independent projects and space without any type of economic backing but my own work, makes it very challenging in these current times.

The costs of rent, utilities, printing, software, hosting and the podcast, are all things covered by my own pocket and the Patreon support, gallery or magazine sales. But this isn’t covering it. (especially because I’m on a student budget and my time is limited for freelancing work due to the MFA. Argh!)

So I need to ask for your help. All donations and economic support are very welcome to help keep Red Door open. Please sign up to Patreon to become a monthly donor or give a one time donation… Or if paypal is easier please make donations

Stay tuned for new podcast episodes, more performances, more publications… a few Nordic collaborations… and a book tour, of course!

Thank you for your encouragement and support.


Madam Neverstop.

The Academy has spoken!

Dear worldthreaders,

it is with great joy that I write you, from my current temporary office in Mexico City, to share fantastic news:

Today, it’s been announced that I am the recipient of the Ambroggio Prize 2022 by The Academy of American Poets.

The awarded book, ‘Lotería: Sorteo Nocturno / The Lottery: Nocturnal Sweepstakes’ will be published by the The University of Arizona Press in the Spring of 2023. It was written through the winter in Denmark during my masters specialization at DDSKS, as a response to our reflections on diversity and inclusion… the questions of identity, agency and territory which I learned to navigate since my childhood in Colombia and in its war, and which became a vocabulary while growing up in the US… concepts which remain an open wound in my life as a migrant in the EU.

Just like bodies of water, our bodies are in permanent motion and cannot be divided nor made stagnant by frontiers nor by political agendas. Like poetry, we are meant to be in constant flow. I dedicate this award to every political refugee, asylum seeker, migrant and worldthreader, whose reality is fragmented by the dreams of the past and the memories of alternate futures.

My gratitude goes to the Academy of American Poets, the University of Arizona Press, and Den Danske Scenekunstskole (Danish National School of Performing Arts) for their support to my work.

ABOUT THE BOOK, judge Raina J. León said: “In every beginning, there is a river that entices with its generational wisdom, its own invocations, its own knowledge that what will come is what has been. La Lotería: Sorteo Nocturno alchemizes lotería symbology as vessels for myth, migration, and becoming. What belongs to centuries of play and divination is also seen anew in this text; we learn how even a sound can cause a room to wither. Poems arise from archetypical cards blazon out with new relevance; ‘The Milk’ and ‘The Customs Office’ have as much to say as ‘The Wall,’ as much about chaos and loss as they offer moments when the human experience, its fullness, becomes universal. ‘But how do I tell the builders / I don’t want grey cement / attaching me to the ground?’ This book reminds us that the drums of war continue to beat their fear and devastation into one’s bones even after the body has risen to the sky, leaving runways of scattered articles of life. What we leave behind in hopes of peace! Injustice waits when you land and caws your name in front of its crow ‘collection of panicked deer eyes.’ The game plays on and these poems invite a gamble: read and you just might change your life. The river will be there, at the beginning, and it may become the rain within you.

ABOUT THE AWARD: The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by the University of Arizona Press, which is nationally recognized for its commitment to publishing the award-winning works of emerging and established voices in Latinx and Indigenous literature, as well as groundbreaking scholarship in Latinx and Indigenous studies.

Established in 2017, the Ambroggio Prize is the only annual award of its kind in the United States that honors American poets whose first language is Spanish.


You can pre-order the book here:
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The Nordic Union of Poetic Disobedience (Alliance for Performing Arts) is here!

Dear worldthreaders,

September started with a rush of emotions and exciting projects, mainly because it found me in Finland, in the poetic city of Turku (Home of Ruunoviikko poetry week), where a gathering of poets, cultural organizers, performers, translators and multimedia artists came together to discuss the ways in which our work and knowledge can be shared among our audiences in the Nordic regions, to strengthen the cultural landscape and help with the very needed translations, publications, distribution and promotion of these voices we all know are residing in the Nordic countries and speaking of narratives that are of great importance to the representation of diversity, but which fail to be represented and head due to lacking the translation and representation tools that other artists / performers / authors of the region have… but additionally, to provide all of these key players of our culture, no matter their origin, an opportunity to be heard in the other Nordic countries.

It starts with exchange of knowledge: Each one of us is doing similar things, from festivals to projects, workshops and performances, publications and so on, without counting with the moral, mentoring and economic support of a community, simply because we’ve seen a need to fill this space and begin documenting what we see around us. Our proposal is to change this, by sharing our knowledge, techniques, lessons learned and questions with each other, as well of course as our network, so that we can all begin rotating our talents, helping one another and providing that needed support that will make of these tasks a less isolated occupation.

This solution has been discussed in various forms by several constellations of us (proof that it is a collective need and not a single idea), but it is now that it is being formed, thanks to the support of Nordisk Kulturfond and the initiative of Kirjan Talo / Bokens Hus to host us. We were joined by Katariina Vuorinen, Juha Kulmala, Daniel Malpica, Francis North, Petri Tähtinen, Claus Ankersen, Rosanna Fellman, Ahmed Zaidan, Zoila Forss, Ana Stanicevic, Karri Kokko, Sadik Lazim and Nathalie Sallegren, and spent a week sharing workshops, discussions, brainstorming sessions… as well as poetry readings and an open mic closing event with the local poetry scene in Turku.

A most fantastic gathering which resulted in the forming of a working group we now call “Nordic Union of Poetic Disobedience: Alliance for Performing Arts” and which we will be developing throughout the coming months. In the meantime, Here’s some photos of this first Finnish gathering, and my wish for fruitful connections, projects, translations, performances and projects with this selected group of worldthreaders.

P.S: Keep an eye on the Red Transmissions Podcast in the coming days to hear their voices and stories.

An immersive experience called life…

Dear worldthreaders,

I am embarking on another phase of this year’s adventures, one that is truly and fully neverstop, in that it encompasses not one but several aspects of creativity simultaneously, which allows for a constant conversation between all its parts. How does this work? Well, I see poetry as more than a fleeting thought, a very visual concept, which is easy to transform into imagery with say, illustration, collage, animation, or more amazingly, in our current world, by feeding such capsules of information to artificial intelligence in order to extract its interpretations as images. This is how that looks like:

The photographic quality combined with dreamy textures and dramatic looks serves not just to completely activate my imagination, but also as references for new written material. Ideally maybe a combined album of soundscapes, visuals and poetry interconnected and presented as a multimedia installation. The AI is called Mid Journey and it is in its beta mode, but what I appreciate of it is that I can pretty much enter my poetry directly and then it visualizes it. The few photos you see here are characters I am creating for a world of my own.

In more practical info, here’s other immersive stuff:

-Red Door Magazine is turning 13 years old, and Red Door gallery is simultaneously having a birthday of its own, so I have put the two together into a one-day event this August 27, 2022 at the gallery (Møllegade 23 a kld, 2200 KBH N), and there will be live music, multilingual performances, a new, limited edition Red Door shirt, drinks and art objects and books, good friends and so on, from kl.13 to kl.20 so do join us if you’re in town.

-Coming up this Aug 30 and until the 4th I will be in Turku, Finland, forming an alliance of publishers, performers and poets in the Nordic region, giving workshops on multimedia art, podcasting, and you know, reporting back to you with the fruits of our efforts.

-I will be returning this September to Mexico, more specifically to Mexico City, and sharing the stage with the wonderful poets Tanya Cosío (cultural organizer, publisher, editor) and Pita Ochoa (poet and member of the infrarealists movement). Additionally, I am really happy to share that I have been invited to speak at the IASA (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archive) for their yearly conference, which this year will take place in the National Phonotheque of Mexico, to speak, well, of course, about my Poetic Phonotheque (what better place to do so), and share the ways our community intertwines in many languages and media through audiovisual poetry. Podcasts, articles, videos and more will be shared along the journey.

-Early November I will be giving a workshop to master students at the University of Copenhagen, on multimedia creations, video, animation, short film and of course, field recordings and sound poetry. I can’t wait!

-On the 20th of November this year’s issue of NATURE & CULTURE – International Poetry Film Festival takes place at Husets Biograf, and I am soooo excited to share this event with you, for we received around 500 films this year, from poetry short films to animation, experimental, documentaries and more. Save the date!

These are the activities of this poet coming up, all of which I am immensely grateful for as they occur simultaneously as my master studies, meaning the schedule is busy, the budget is limited, but the heart is bursting with desire to learn, connect and neverstop. To all of you who give your support via PATREON, thank you for giving me a much needed push to continue focusing on creating and worldthreading… and if you haven’t joined me on Patreon yet, please consider it, so I can strengthen all these projects and keep creating spaces, events and opportunities for our communities.

Love and poetry always,

Madam Neverstop.

So we fringed!

Dear worldthreaders,

I hope this post finds you enjoying the sun, a refreshing something and ideally, with a poem at near distance in case of need or want.

This July saw the return of Tranås At the Fringe, a wonderful poetry / film / performance festival created in, well, Tranås, Sweden, by collaborators and let’s say co-conspirators whom you’ve heard of before, since Tranås is also the place where Red Door is printed and so lovingly distributed, exhibited, promoted and supported. The base of operations is Kultivera / Litteraturcentrum KVU, who are also home of the Poetic Phonotheque, and of course, hosts of Tremella Radio. So you can imagine how happy I was to be back, now that restrictions are gone, since this year’s festival was hosted on-site and counted with over 100 acts. SO. MUCH. FUN! 

Also, very exciting, apart from connecting with so many poets and performers from everywhere, was to travel along with poet Pablo Saborio, now Red Door’s poetry editor, who had his debut as a festival-performer and gave a wonderful workshop on multimedia poetry.

This year, I joined forces with my colleague Daniel Malpica, and we created a multimedia performance called X SPECIES. It was (is) a multimedia performance that involved a soundscape, mapping of visuals and live multilingual poetry in two voices, to create an entrancing space where the audience could relax and be immersed in a conversation on our role in the preservation of the planet, and the species in it including our own.

Daniel worked on the visuals creating hundreds of moving images which he intertwined to the sounds I created with vocal loops on my #somacosmos , dronning noise through my #lyra8 and a tape recorder, and all of this was threaded together with interventions of poetry by either or both of us.

I truly enjoyed watching people let go and allowing themselves to be moved by the experience, some laying down with eyes closed, some sitting down and observing, or walking around us to see the live show, or capturing moments in the room with their phones. The response afterwards was very positive and I am grateful to all of you who approached us afterwards to share what you experienced.

Performing arts are a wonderful way to express ourselves and deliver important messages. Thank you, Daniel, for this collaboration, and to Tranås at the Fringe team for creating a space where this is possible to engage with.

… but that’s not all!

Additionally, I had the opportunity of giving a workshop on one of my favorite subjects. Podcasting!

… more specifically, podcasting as a form of documentation for artists, activists and creators, to share their work and document the stories and relevant conversations of their communities.

We covered basic theory, purposes and practices, techniques and do’s and don’ts, as well as conversations on boundaries, something which is often forgotten due to social media’s need to shock and entertain.  Afterwards we jumped straight into concept, and then on to recording the production base of each podcast.

It took place at the beautiful house of Piraten, Tranås’ poet and legend, which gave it all an even more wonderful environment where we could openly and safely discuss why we were all interested in the practice.

Thanks so much to Kultivera  for the invitation and to Milica Denkovic for documenting these moments.

I have sooo many wonderful projects cooking, dreams coming true and exciting collaborations, but I wanted to take this moment to thank you, for your constant support and for your encouragement, which serves as inspiration, to keep going and going and going.

Love and poetry always,

Madam Neverstop.

Red Door’s LUCKY 13!

Dear worldthreaders,

I am happy to share that this year, RED DOOR is turning 13!

From originally starting as an online magazine (before being an online magazine was cool) to now becoming both a digital and printed cultural publication, with its own gallery situated in Copenhagen, and serving as a platform of promotion and documentation to so many artists and projects around the world. I had no idea what an adventure Red Door would be.

RED DOOR as a physical space also serves as the headquarters of this poet, as well as of Tremella Radio (an online independent literary and sound-based radio station in EU), the Poetic Phonotheque, the Red Transmissions Podcast, RED PRESS, and now our network, the Red Thread.

To celebrate I would like you to save the date: From August 19 to the 20th a RED DOOR celebration will take place online and at the gallery. Stay tuned for more information.

But, in the meantime, I have created this design for a limited edition RED DOOR shirt , and launched a new Patreon campaign: EVERYONE who joins my patreon or goes one tier up on their support will receive a screenprinted t-shirt (shipped to you wherever you are) AND a digital download of my latest album.

Your support won’t just make you look hot in this lucky red shirt, it will allow me to continue operating, well, everything. From domains to softwares, hosting, printing, etc.

See the campaign information here to learn more:

I’m counting on you! Thank you for your support and happy 13 to us!


The RED THREAD is here!

Dear worldthreaders,

I am happy to report that on the 3rd of April, as part of a networking series of events supported by Nordisk Kulturfond, and with participation of members representing organizations from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Wales, the Red Thread was officially established, as an alliance of publishers / cultural organizers / performers / poets to promote literature and multimedia arts in translation throughout our region, as well as being created in migrant languages, so as to document and support our cultural landscape.

The Red Thread after a session of networking at Red Door, CPH 2022

For this first meeting, we counted with Colm Kiernan and Magnus Grehn, representing Kultivera, Litteraturcentrum KVU and Tranås at the Fringe, Sweden. Elena Ilkova represented the Icelandic collective Os Pressan. Daniel Malpica, previous board member of PEN Helsinki, and Emma Leppo, coming from Turku and representing Bokens Hus and Runovikkoo Poetry Festival, both came from Finland. Pil Cappelen of Cappelens Forslag joined us from Norway. Dominic Williams, an associate of both Sweden activities and Red Door in Copenhagen, got funding from the Wales Arts Council to join us as an EU affiliate representing Write4word. And from Denmark, Morten Ranum, Pablo Saborio and I served as hosts representing Red Door, Red Press, Tremella Radio, and a series of other projects we’re each involved in.

You can see our very first chapbook, which celebrates this gathering, on this link. It contains multimedia poetry written in various languages and its translations.

We also held a poetry reading in La Fee Verte, CPH, as a Ukraine-support event where we managed to raise around 1500 EU, which will be distributed between Doctors Without Borders and Ukrainian artists in need of leaving fire areas. 

And then on Monday we held a hybrid, multilingual poetry event, hosted both on-site in Wales and at Red Door, as well as with participation of people from different parts of the world tuning in online from the comfort of their homes – something we’re very excited to keep pushing forward, as it allows people with invisible illnesses, neurodivergence and disabilities to be part of the conversation and included in our events wherever these take place.

It was a very busy, very fun and very productive week and I am still feeling the vibrance of so many wonderful conversations, connections and ideas. There is so much knowledge to be exchanged between us, and so much we can give back to our communities by joining efforts. 

The Red Thread is a work in progress but ideally will be able to present workshops, talks, readings, performances, publications and other activities in the Nordic countries and beyond in the coming months and years. 

I am grateful to each one of you for your support, because it helps Red Door’s activities both online and in the city, and in the shop/gallery space in Møllegade, which served as our base of operations through those busy days. There was also the support of course of Studenterhuset and LaFee as locations, both to whom I am grateful as well.

I invite you to check out the organizations involved (links above), see the wonderful books and events they have, and get in touch if you would like to learn more or get involved in the future.

I am feeling inspired, motivated and challenged, and of course also low on energy, so I plan on using this easter break for writing and moving slowly through the coming days as I process all the information received and all I have learned through this. Viva la Red Thread!

Love and poetry,

Madam Neverstop.