Interview with Andrew Wessels, writer of A Turkish Dictionary from 1913 Press
APRIL 2016 EPIC POETRY
As part of a collaborative project, I played with the conceit of a collective epic poem, written out over a year by 52 separate writers. I've never written epic poetry before, although some of my earliest poems (as an 8-year old) were possibly influenced by the folk and fairy tales I read, which were in turn, influenced by epic poetry. To prepare myself, I did a brief study in Gilgamesh and attempted to pull some threads of the other writers' themes through my piece. It was not serious, just seriously fun. Can be viewed here: Birdwolf.
January 2015 SHAPING THE LANDSCAPE AT WHITTIER NARROWS NATURE CENTER
"Strange soldiering of electrical towers at attention in the December haze, tree bark and metal vying for skyline, woody, tangled shrubs edged with occasional red berries or flowers confused by fickle Southern California seasons. It's wintertime at the Whittier Narrows Natural Area, a 400-acre riparian woodland and habitat alongside the San Gabriel River, between Montebello and Puente-Chino Hills, in South El Monte. This was where the Old San Gabriel Mission was founded and where the Tongva people lived successfully for thousands of years, among the forests, marshes and meadows."
For KCET, I wrote about the controversial Discovery Center that was set to replace the beloved Nature Center that was beloved to many who live in the area. The controversy lies in questions of power, in who gets to determine the use of the land, and whose legacies are honored.
Winter 2012 AUTOSARCOPHAGY: NEW ORLEANS MAPS
In this project, I layered text and images on top of vintage maps of New Orleans to show how the city has been ravaged by catastrophes of both man and nature.
Because maps freeze a particular moment and perspective in time, I was compelled to intervene upon the confines of time, space, and political position depicted in the original maps. I did so by imposing past and future upon the documents in the most overt way possible: with post-it notes and hand-rendered scribbles. Please see some of the maps, published by Super Arrow here: