Swanee Astrid has dgrees in writing and literature from the University of Iowa (BA) and Naropa University (MFA), and currently works a program coordinator for the latter while simultaneously freelancing a book as a coaching and writing mentor. In 2016, she was awarded the Leslie Scalapino Award for her work in progress, “By the Light of the Axe,” and has performed and helped produce literary events widely for Jose Montoya’s Poetry Unplugged, Sacramento Poetry Center, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Dikeou Collection, Mutiny Information Cafe, United Nations Association of Denver, and Zee JLF Boulder. She also creates letterpress objects as literary artefacts and has worked as an editor for Earthwords, Vestal Review, and Bombay Gin Literary Journal. Her own creative and critical work is inspired by astro-archaeology, language permutation, world-building, and mythopoetic narrative frameworks.

Valkyrie Poetics

“Strike love into the heart of your enemies.” – Freya (Goddess; UPG)

Valkyrie Poetics is a response to the impending climate cataclysm that engages the cultural relevance of the Valkyrie figure from Norse mythology and the practice of writing to engage explorative collaboration around the call to art as eco-advocacy in a new call to warriorship. There is an important moment right now to link ourselves as warriors to the ecology we each inhabit with full capacity and control of the impact made by individual actions. This practice inspires dialogue around the use of metaphor and character in Old Norse poetry, and the ability to translate limbic response (emotional body language informed by environment) into a unique, individuated expression. The connections between the embodiments of warriorhood, means of poesis, and cultural legacy are made with a warrior’s philosophy of right action through violence, peace, and the healing modalities which takes place between these two points.

Please Note: The conference is free, but registration is required.