August finds me threading the world

Summer arrives and soon enough we are past the first six months of the year. A year which, by society’s standards, is tough when you look at it from any angle. I cannot begin to process the amount of uncertainty, sorrow, loss and trauma being experienced in every country of the world due to the pandemic, and I have spent a lot of time paralized staring out a window trying to figure out my role in all of this. I’ve also spent a decent amount of time arguing with racists online, but that’s probably my own fault for not going out for walks more often. Slowly, things begin to clear up, and soon I can share with you news of publications and performances. But to begin, I’d like to take this moment to invite you to join my patreon platform and give your support to the following projects and to my writing/art/worldthreading.

-Regarding the latest updates of RED DOOR MAGAZINE, I am delighted to share that issue #23 (the LANGUAGE issue) is now available online, and it turned out to be quite a publication, with over 70 pages of content – in various languages – discussing languages and identity, as well as the very current subjects of acknowledgement of race disparity in our society, with a focus on the Black Lives Matter movement and its urgent call for action.

The featured artist is Serena Saunders, a Philly resident whose art documents the lives and struggles of her community, through vibrant colors and messages of hope.

Issue #23

Two fantastic interviews I had the chance of publishing and releasing as part of the RED TRANSMISSIONS PODCAST are:
-Interview with New York artist Ethan Minsker, who is currently promoting his film “The Man in Camo”
-Interview with King Khan, creator of the Black Power Tarot in collaboration with visual artist Michael Eaton and with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s guidance.
The issue includes poetry and essays from Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine, Japan and India among otherplaces, and a special feature of photography documenting the BLM marches in New York by photographer Oveck Reyes.
So if you haven’t done so yet, head on over and feast your eyes on this issue!

-If you are a poet, your voice is still needed at THE POETIC PHONOTHEQUE, which will soon have its first 100 audio recordings of poetry in their original languages, in the voice of their authors, as a virtual collection you can always enjoy from the comfort of your home, whether or not there is a lockdown, because poetry should always be playing.

-Now, when it comes to the podcast, my most recent guest is a madhatter. Well, she’s a nomad, entrepreneur, film & TV producer/developer, and after years of traveling the world, she’s now Aegean Dream BnB, settled in Tinos, a Greek paradise with the most exquisite mountain views in every direction, small villages and beautiful dovecotes spread through the island, fascinating history and the most peaceful environment, inducive to say, write a play or a book. Listen to the interview, from Tinos, and plan your artist retreat with her.

Red Transmissions Podcast

-Due to COVID changes in what was going to be a very packed year of performances and events all over Europe, I’ve been focusing on updating, or better said, upgrading my knowledge through classes, from Danish to Media to UX, because I want to be able to provide the best support to the projects I am involved in, but also because the more I know, the better quality of the projects I present to my community. Since I’ve been studying this, I’ve also been talking about this with my friends a lot, and realizing that entrepreneurs, small businesses and artists are often in need of support, whether it comes to digital marketing and social media, or video and audio production, launching their own podcast or updating their CVs, portfolios and websites. However, not all of them have the capability of hiring an assistant whether it’s full or part time, nor the ability or time to do this themselves.

So I have created two new tiers on my PATREON platform, one which is focused on tutoring for those more into the hands-on, do it yourself styles, to teach a few times a week remotely programs and tricks designed specifically for the individual’s needs to advance with their projects. That one is called THE NEOPHYTE.
The other one, called THE ASSOCIATE is meant for those who definitely don’t care for social media, digital marketing, scheduling nor doing the routines of posting and creating content for online promotion, but still would like to strategize and have access to the option of an online audience and portfolio. Rather than tutoring, we video chat one or twice a month, and then I take care of these tasks for a few hours a month.

The prices are low because this is a limited offering meant for very specific people wanting to launch their careers and projects forward. If you feel this offer could benefit you, please sign up here for the respective tier of interest.

-Having said this, I conclude this message with a preview of my latest art series, a collection of Elements made as illustrations with acrylic, embroidery and ink on paper.

Love and poetry,

Madam Neverstop.

Worldthreading galore!

Dear you,
There are three things I’d like to share today regarding community collaborations and the ways independent projects keep worldthreading a kinder future.

The first one is a BERLIN based community radio station called KEITH, which is a project by a gallery called SP2 and a bar called Keith, owned by dear friends and fellow artists.
Today, Thursday, at 15 (UTC+2 time) or 9am NY time, you can listen to the most recent episode of the Red Transmissions Podcast, an interview with J. Edward Keyes, Editorial Director of Bandcamp.

You can listen to it here.

This episode is an interesting conversation where I had the opportunity of asking J questions that I have many times before wondered about as a musician and as a member of a band. How to write about one’s own music properly, where to pitch it, how to promote it online and offline… and who better to ask than one of the leading online platforms of the industry? “Cutting through the Noise” will air again on Keith this 21st of June, and from now on, my podcast joins the regular programming of this station, together with many great DJs, musicians and weirdos who are working together to build an awesome station during lockdown there.

See their kickstarter project to see what I am talking about. They just matched their goal, but there’s still some hours of it if you’d also like to donate. A part of my collaboration with Keith includes having them as collaborators of Red Door Magazine from now on, starting issue #23.

The second collaboration comes from TRANÅS in Sweden, where a wonderful cultural organization called Kultivera, which organizes a Fringe Festival, Poetry Slams, publications and other cultural projects, has joined the team of contributors of Red Door Magazine, starting with issue #22 (the media issue), and will be introducing a series of articles from the art community in Sweden and the projects they host there.

You can read this first article, written by Frank Bergsten about the poet and Literature Curator Dominic Williams, along with other excellent articles, poetry and the art of Andrej Konopek in Serbia, on this issue of Red Door Magazine:

Last, but not least, is my Patreon campaign, which now enters its third month. I am close to reaching my first twenty supporters, and would like to invite you to join me in this platform as a supporter, so that projects like the Red Transmissions Podcast, Red Door Magazine and the Poetic Phonotheque can continue happening with your support. None of these projects are sponsored by any organization nor have ads, to keep the message clean from clutter, (a decision I made in 2009 which I still strongly stand by) but this requires a big economic investment from my part, which is why I am asking you to give me a hand.

In exchange, apart from sharing exclusive updates about my work, video interviews, poetry streamings, book downloads and a free copy of my new album Transgressions for the Public Service (Out on Bandcamp June 9), you also have the opportunity to receive original art, illustrated postcards, prints, stickers, pins and other goodies… As well as having the satisfaction of supporting this independent creator, cultural organizer, and neverstopping worldthreader.

Pledges start at 3usd a month, and from 6usd and up you can also be a collector of my work, and receive illustrations such as these:

I created these illustrations in Marielyst, South of Denmark, (where the picture on the top of this post was taken, actually) the past month. I made them on a thick watercolor paper, with acrylic paint, ink and embroidery (can you see the beautiful contrast of the thread on paper?), and the first round, which were the size of postcards, have already all gone to my patreons at a contributor level or higher (12usd and up).
The size of these illustrations is 20 x 14.5 cm and would look great framed, possibly with a glass to protect the thread and paper.

These are currently sitting under heavy literature to flatten the paper again (as you can see they’re a bit curvy right now due to the paint), and once that’s done, one of them could be shipped straight to your home. This is a limited offer as I only made 8, and all you have to do is join my Patreon at a contributor level or higher, to receive your own one of a kind original.

Become my patron here.

Thanks for your support, and keep on worldthreading!

Madam Neverstop.

A special invitation to you…

Dear allies, friends, fellow creators and supporters of my work,

Today, I have a very special announcement to share with you.
I’ve been beesy editing the video above and building up the specifics to finally feel ready to extend this invitation to you:
I have joined the PATREON community of artists, an ongoing subscription platform for independent creators, which allows them to focus on their artistic work and cover the expenses involved in these processes, through the support of their community.

In order to facilitate our coming together in this platform, I have created a series of membership levels, together with layers of goodies and access levels, from early announcements and sneak-peeks of my projects, to Q&As and live-streamed performances every solstice and equinox. I have designed it to be a more immersive experience where we can build our communication and you can receive great digital content, as well as physical objects such as typewritten letters, postcards, pins, prints… and even originals of my work.

The main objective of this Patreon strategy is to be able to continue the Red Door Magazine, Red Transmissions Podcast, and the upcoming reopening of Red Door Gallery in Nørrebro’s lovely literary area, and covering all the expenses these projects entail, from software memberships, domains, hosting, and gallery rent, to art materials for me to get more of the important work done.

It is of high importance that all of these platforms, from the magazine to the podcast, remain accessible free of charge to the community internationally (as it has been for over ten years) as well as free of ads, because art, activism & culture deserve to be able to reach everyone equally. But this doesn’t mean that it is cheap, and in these challenging times, I will welcome all the help I can get.

I invite you to check out the Patreon site and choose for yourself how you’re willing to lend a hand. My gratitude will be always with each one of you, so in advance I thank you for supporting this.

Ah, yes, additional announcement. I’m releasing an album! It is ready for you (official release is in June), and the first 50 patrons will receive a download code upon arrival. It is a compilation of my music/poetry/ritualistic enchantments in Spanish and English titled “Transgressions for the Public Service”… and I can’t wait for you to listen to it!

Here’s wishing you a calm and patient spring as we continue reaching internally for the strength needed to cope with these times. I hope that my art and the content of Red Door and Red Transmissions Podcast can help soothe your heart through this process.

Thank you for your attention, your support and your kindness.

Love and poetry always,

Madam Neverstop.

Together, through poetry…

There’s very little I can share at the moment that you don’t already know and are experiencing in real life, just like me. Of all the fiction books and films we saw through the years, nothing would’ve prepared us for the absurd reality that our world has been turned into.
So, while a virus roams the streets of not one city, nor one country, but countless countries around the planet, we, citizens of the world, cocooned in the safety of our homes, do our best to stay safe.

So, in an attempt to give my mind some structure and not let it be devoured by the mixed messages of my FB feed (conspiracy-panic-recipe-catpic-newsflash-selfie-angryrant-repeat), I decided to launch a project I’ve been daydreaming of for a long time, called The Poetic Phonotheque.

In a few words, it is a virtual collection of poetry in the voice of the poets themselves, reciting it in any language, from anywhere in the world. I’ll only list the author’s name, country of origin/location, and the title of the poem, and it is up to you to click and listen and let it surprise you. The initiative started on the 21st of March, 2020, World Poetry Day, and already has received poems from Serbia, Germany, Colombia, the US, Ireland, Czech Republic, Sweden and Denmark.

If you’d like to join this initiative, all you have to do is record yourself reading a poem, and send me the MP3 by filling this form.

Let me take you on a small trip down memory lane:
The idea comes from my upbringing in Colombia, when as a child I had the opportunity of visiting the Casa de Poesía Silva, a cultural house in Bogotá where poets often gathered to present their poetry, attend workshops…with a beautiful garden in its center, and a room where its fonoteca houses over 2000 hours of poetry in cassettes and CDs.

Here’s where we cue the old photo, in honor of that other thing happening on FB of everybody posting a “throwback”:

Casa de Poesía Silva, 1999, with Nadaist Poet Jotamario Arbelaez.

And so this child that I was, who dreamt of being a poet forever, would arrive and borrow a pair of headphones and ask to hear some poetry.

This room made me feel safe, and it allowed me to travel to other dimensions through the poems I heard there. And I thought it was the greatest place on earth. Surely it unconsciously also taught me tons about developing my own style when reading poetry??? It’s so exciting to learn about the authors by hearing how they interpret their work.

I’ve been postponing this idea for who knows how long, waiting for the perfect time to get started… and I guess now is exactly that moment. How fortunate that I can host it through Red Door so that this phonotheque expands to house poetry in many languages, in many styles, by many of you. In good ol’ neverstop fashion.

I’d love to replicate that feeling of joy that poetry brought me, in each of your homes, now that we’re asked to stay put and only take spacial trips.

With love, from the poet who dreams of being a child forever…

May we all fare well on this journey.
Elizabeth.

What is community?

The way I see it, there are two key components to leading a life of satisfaction and fulfilment. (or in a less-happy-go-lucky lexicon: contentment). In the past, I’ve called the first component a “realizing what colors define us and painting our world accordingly”, but in a more to-the-point explanation I’d say that it is finding that which gives us purpose. A meaning. A role.
We can begin the search of this by asking ourselves, what is it that makes me whole / unique / happy / content / inspired?

The second component is less bulls-eye, because it requires looking around and trying to figure out how we fit into this puzzle called life. Where do we stand, what do we care for / are affected by, how can we make a difference? What can we give back to the world?

So this post is all about community. Because no matter how individualistic, introvert or antisocial, we still need one another to make it through this wondrous journey.

A Good Community recently interviewed me about this. It’s a very in-depth interview about my role in the arts & culture environment I am a part of, my writing, and beyond my background and story, what roles artists and communicators have in the current social landscape. Please click on the image below to read the entire interview.

Photo by Zarko Ivetic.

I found A Good Company last year in my search of accountability and sustainability for my personal actions, including being a poet. Oh the amount of paper we use! So I’ve been enamoured with their stone-paper notebooks, and engaging with “A Good community” in various ways. It is inspiring to see how individuals can come together to make this world more liveable.

The article includes photographs by Zarko Ivetic and Robert Butcher. Thanks to A Good Community for sharing my story.


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Now, this second part of my post is a bit more zoomed in to my location.

As you know, Australia has been ravaged by fires and thousands of species have been affected, as well as humans and the actual landscape. Although the media reports that these fires have finally been contained, there’s still so much to recover from!

Anika Vinson from Heaps Good Cafe is organizing a fundraising event HERE IN COPENHAGEN to raise funds in support of indigenous-run organizations, emergency and long term animal protection organizations and people who are working on the ground and know what is needed in the future to protect rural communities from future climate disasters.

The event will take place this 6th of March, and local orgs and individuals have joined forces to help this event raise as much as possible.

For this reason, I’ve donated an entire set + 2 framed illustrations, a total of 8 individual pieces, all to be auctioned that night. Let’s show Australia some love, shall we?

The illustrations are all handmade, with mixed media (thread, ink, needle work) on watercolor, part of a series titled An oracle of Entanglements. If you are in Copenhagen, I look forward to seeing you there.

If you are NOT in Copenhagen, please consider donating to the following organizations:

NSW Rural Fire Service linktr.ee/nswrfs

WIRES WILDLIFE RESCUE www.wires.org.au

—We Animals Media is a global media agency dedicated to making visible the lives of animals trapped in the human world. Founded by Jo-Anne McArthur.linktr.ee/WeAnimalsMedia

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The way I see it, our community is as powerful as the will of each one of us to make it so.

N E V E R S T O P

it’s what we make of it

Dear all,
Here’s hoping this February finds you with recharged energies and tons of exciting projects.
I am writing you from Copenhagen, where I figured today’s wintery sunshine was an excellent reason to catch up with some of my latest adventures, so hold on tight, because poetry is about to take over:

My book Det usynlige sår was released in November and since then I’ve received very positive commentary from a newly-found Danish audience. I’ve heard it talks about narrations from the end of the world. Who woulda thought.
If you speak Spanish or Danish, you can acquire it here.
If you don’t speak either of these two tricky languages, here’s a sneak-peek of some of the illustrations I created for this book:

So, then some news about English publications would be an appropriate way to follow the conversation, right?
I am delighted to announce that not one but TWO new books of poetry, this time in English and German (ooo, fancy), are coming out this year with the wonderful MOLOKO PLUS, with translations by Klaudia Ruschkowski. The first book will come out this spring, titled “The ways of the firefly“. (stay tuned, because this is coming very soon and I’ll make a fuzz about it!)

Now, the second book I can give you a bit more details on, because I would love it if you could join me for the release and it requires traveling:


It is titled “Would You Like to Come Home?“, a collection of poetry I wrote in a meditational/trance-like/cut-up technique series of exercises in Marielyst last summer, inspired by various Books of the Dead (and my love for the cut-up technique and Burroughs of course). Ok, I’ll say it. It’s my very own Book of the Dead. It of course comes with its own illustrations:

This book is leading its own way and finding its own place so very naturally, that academic and professor of American literature Oliver Harris agreed to read it and has now written a beautiful introduction for it. And guess what? We’ve agreed to host a release presentation this September in Paris, when the 60th anniversary of the cut-up technique is celebrated by The European Beat Studies Network, where me and fellow Burroughs/Beat collectors & admirers, poets and worldthreaders will be celebrating the, uh, connections and collections.

This is the way, would say the Mandalorians.
Soon I will be announcing additional publications, a couple of anthologies where I am being included and this year’s list of festivals and events. It seems it will be a European-focused year.

In the meantime, may I invite you to check out the podcast I’ve been hosting? The Red Transmissions Podcast aims to document the work, behind-the-scenes moments and creative process of the incredibly interesting characters in my (our) network, be it in Copenhagen, New York, or around the world. Today I am posting Sofi Oksanen’s interview, and previous to that you can learn of a Norwegian contortionist, Elise Bjerkelund Reine, who has started a circus festival here in town, where you can without a doubt find me later.

Thanks for your support,

Elizabeth.

http://www.madamneverstop.com

Helsinki Book Fair recap

I’m now back in Copenhagen after an incredible time in the big celebration of literature and culture that is the Helsinki Book Fair, where I was invited by the Finnish PEN to speak of Poetry and Exile.
I took advantage of the opportunity to also document my participation through a series of interviews for my podcast, Red Transmissions, which will be airing in the coming weeks.

To those of you who haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast, it is a series of conversations with the Worldthreaders I encounter on my path. What’s a worldthreader, you ask? precisely what it sounds like. People who through their creative or activist work connect the world around us, without thinking of borders of barriers and divisions. This can be done directly through art, literature and music, or through projects in defense of human rights, climate and equality, defending our rights to a dignified existence.

In my talk, hosted by Daniel Malpica, fellow poet and member of the board of Finnish PEN, I had the opportunity of presenting my new book Det usynlige sår / La herida invisible by Det Poetiske Bureaus Forlag, my previous book In the Jaws of Oblivion by La Impresora in Puerto Rico, and of discussing my story and my current work in Copenhagen attempting to create new spaces of exchange and collaboration amongst migrant creators residing in the nordic countries, as well as nordic creators through translations and connections so as to provide opportunities for them in the US and Latin America. My gratitude goes to Veera Tyhtilä, Chair of Finnish PEN, Daniel Malpica for being an incredible host and fantastic photographer of my adventures in Helsinki, and Leena Manninen for facilitating all the left-brain processes of this adventure.

Additionally, I had the opportunity of listening to Sofi Oksanen speak and later interviewing her for the podcast. This was an empowering reunion! Sofi is an incredible Finnish writer and playwright. She has published five novels, of which Purge has gained the widest recognition. She has received several international and domestic awards for her literary work. Her work has been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than two million copies. Sofi shared with me that she will also be participating in the coming Colombian Book Fair in April, so if you’re going to be attending, keep your schedule open for what she has to say. Otherwise, stay tuned for her episode!

Thank you, Veera, for giving me such a warm welcome to Helsinki.

In the words of Daniel Malpica: “The work of Finnish PEN is very relevant in today’s global context. There is still a lot of places where writers face harassment, incarceration and murder for opening up and publicly expressing their views, and Elizabeth is the clear example of how poetry succeeds despite the difficulties, in a clear demand for a better world.”

I encourage you to follow the movements of your local PEN chapter, giving them a like on Facebook, and standing up in whatever ability you can from your location to support freedom of expression in these turbulent times.

Thank you, PEN Finland, Veera, Daniel, Leena, Oula, Sofi, and everyone whom I encountered in my journey.

Love and poetry,
Madam Neverstop.

Photo by Daniel Malpica, Helsingin Kirjamessuilla, 2019

NEW BOOK: Det usynlige sår

Poetic Service Announcement:

Throughout this year, I’ve been working on a project that means a great stepping stone for me, as it marks my existence as a writer in Denmark and opens the doors to the audience here and the opportunities this represents.

Malene Boeck Thorborg has done an amazing job translating poems from my last 5 books from Spanish to Danish, and discussing each line, each metaphor, with such respect and care that I am certain it mirrors the original quite loyally. She previously published a translation of Gabriela Mistral’s selected works, and plans to continue visibilizing Latinamerican women in poetry by translating their work to Danish. I am so honored by her support and great effort.

My gratitude also goes to Det Poetiske Bureaus Forlag, who welcomed my poetry and this project with open arms. It has been a delight to birth this book.

Det usynlige sår / La herida invisible is a bilingual selection of my poetry and also contains a series of illustrations accompanying each of the 5 segments of the book.

A book release event will take place in November, but the book can already be purchased through the publisher.

Thanks to everyone for your constant support and for celebrating this poetic achievement with me. 🌹

Detpoetiskebureau.dk

VIVA LA POESÍA!

RedBubble shop update and discount code for you

Hi all,
I’ve updated my online RedBubble art shop, which customizes products with my work based on your order. That way, nothing is printed or made unnecessarily, it is carbon neutral and made in sustainable ways to ensure transparency and safe working conditions.

I’ve previously ordered sample products, from notebooks to cushions to clothes and scarfs, and I personally dig the quality of their products, so it’s something I can stand behind, plus I think a lot of it looks quite cute 🙂 (oh yeah, and they have partners in various parts of the world, so it’s reasonable shipping times AND nicely packed, too).

So, here’s the link: (and yes, all those are my designs)
https://www.redbubble.com/people/msneverstop/shop

…and here’s a 15% discount code, valid until Jan 23, which you can use not just on the products of my shop, but on all of the RedBubble products: RBC-B1512336AC

That way, you’re getting yourself something pretty, and supporting independent artists, too!

Enjoy!

Publication in illustration directory… and new items on Red Bubble shop

Dear friends,

I’m happy to share that some of my illustrations have been published in Australia’s DRAWN Vol.3 Leaders in Contemporary Illustration, by Capsules Book Publishing.

This book features artwork from emerging and established talent from around the world and provides a unique insight into the creative process and lives of illustrators shaping today’s visual culture.

Editorial illustration, apparel and merchandise, poster and packaging design, book illustration and concept art are just a few of the many disciplines showcased in Drawn Volume.3. It is an essential guide for creative directors, design professionals, marketing and branding teams to expand their professional network and find new exceptional creatives to work with.

You can see my capsules portfolio here. All proceeds from book sales of Drawn Volume.3 will be donated to Book Aid International.


In other artsy news, I’ve updated the Red Bubble shop with new designs, so please feel free to check them out here.

More poetic news coming soon, but for now, wishing you’re all having a delightful summer.

Love and poetry,
Elizabeth.