I had the absolute pleasure of reading my poetry at the Battersea Arts Festival with Heaux Noire in April at the Battersea Arts Centre, which was filmed by the British Library. This was truly a night of love, warmth, and healing: surrounded by friends in a beautiful venue; new friends made; wonderful, soul-warming art enjoyed. I’m humbled by the imagination, creativity, and artistry of the other artists who performed that evening (image credit: Myah Jeffers/Heaux Noire).
I’ve recently had five new poems published in the Caribbean folio of Anomaly’s 28th issue by Anomalous Press. These poems are part of what will be my next book and I’m honored they’ve found such a home!
In March, I revisited one of my favorite events, the Women in Physics London Conference hosted by Kings College London, as an invited panelist. This was such a special day and I look forward to attending again! You can watch the panel here.
I also gave a talk for the Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) seminar series at UCL. I’ve uploaded my visualizations of my 3D datasets of Gale Crater, Mars, which I demonstrated in this talk, here.
On the composition front, I’ve recently made a short electro-acoustics piece called ‘magnetopause’ using NASA THEMIS data simulating what Earth’s magnetopause sounds like, recordings from MSSL, and cello recordings old and new:
I’m also continuing work on new music with Najia Khaled as we formulate a new chamber pop album. You can preview some of our demos on Soundcloud x
It’s been a quiet first few months of 2019, but still exciting for me. In January I read my poetry at Rutland Arms in London as part of a global tour hosted by Global Poets Corner. This leg of the tour was called “Your Place in the World” and had a number of fantastic poets reading their work, and included two panels on which we discussed our writing process, our “place,” and what poetry means for us, especially as writers of color. This was a warming experience and I’m looking forward to what our hosts produce next. You can listen to my set below:
At the end of February I gave a lecture as part of the fabulous UCL Horizons program. My talk engaged topics in ethics in space exploration – from international space law, to morality among astronauts living on Mars – and, as always, I learned a lot from the students.
Finally, earlier in March I participated in the final sols of the second ExoFit rover field trial, once again on the PanCam team, processing images and interfacing with the operations team to plan data acquisitions. This time the rover was in the Atacama desert in preparation for a Mars environment – you can read more about the field trial here.
- Tomorrow I’m giving a talk on my work producing and visualizing 3D orbital imagery of Gale Crater, Mars, at the Centre for Planetary Science’s Astrobiology and Planetary Exploration (APEX) seminar series at UCL (information here)
- I’m returning to the Womxn in Physics London Conference this year as an invited panelist – I’ll be discussing issues in equity in the physical sciences on March 30 at Kings College London! Tickets are free.
- On April 12 I will be reading poetry with the poetry/arts group Heaux Noire as part of the Homegrown Festival in Battersea. Get your tickets here!
Tonight, I’m heading to the Lit Exhibit – a literary gallery in Brooklyn curated and hosted by the ever-pioneering Lana C. Marilyn! I will have a poetry installation/performance piece called ‘write me a letter,’ which challenges the dichotomy of strangeness vs. intimacy. I’m so excited to be part of such a unique space, and I will definitely post updates about the event here.
I’m still working on my “140 pieces in 140 days” challenge. I’m a little behind, but I’ve just reached #75 with “Journeys” for voice and piano:
This piece is part of a recent set of “microsettings” of my shortest poems.
This spring has seen a lot of poetry-music hybrid projects for me, first with my “microsettings” and then “do not perform this,” in addition to a still-developing project as I’ve mentioned before. I’m hoping to announce this project soon!
Last: I’m so humbled to say that I will be starting a PhD in Space & Climate Physics this fall at University College London! I will continue to update on my travels and studies.
The Things We Can Conjure went wonderfully! We had a nice turnout, made new friends, and had a beautiful time sharing our work. We also both completed National Poetry Month strong with 30 poems each! Don’t forget to check out Najia’s beautiful book “Wanderers, Witch-Talkers.”
Last week (4.30), I presented my senior thesis – the geology portion of the 2015 NASA Academy Mars mission design – for the EES department and had my composition final “performed” – you can find the track here. The piece utilizes voice and cello recordings of myself, as well as recordings of planes from last summer. Completing my time with both the EES Department and the Eastman composition department has been a delight and I am so grateful for the resources to which I’ve had access during my time at Rochester.
I finished executing my project ‘i can’t hear myself’ for my anthropology course this week. The reaction has been so involved and wonderful, and I look forward to continuing to discuss the work and the social issues behind my ideas with other musicians.
At the end of this month, I’ll be heading off to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a summer research program in surface processes of icy moons, which is a thrilling way to end my undergraduate career!
Stay tuned – I’m hoping to start some new things in the next handful of weeks x
THE THINGS WE CAN CONJURE: a poetry celebration by me and Najia Khaled
This will be an afternoon of poetry to celebrate our recent book releases, ‘color’ and ‘wanderers, witch-talkers,’ with friends! We will also have copies of our work for purchase.
Wanderers, Witch-Talkers is a collection of poetry by Moroccan-American poet Najia Khaled. European and Moroccan witchcraft, folklore, superstition, and mythology are explored in poems about love, loss, culture, mental illness, and race.
I’ll be performing poetry again in Rochester this Saturday, Oct. 10 @ Meddlesome Labs! The event is to benefit Syrian refugees via Doctors without Borders. Event info here.
The NASA Ames Academy team will have a poster for our group project at the AGU Fall Meeting 2015! Abstract here.
I’m honored to have earned a talk again for AGU as well! Abstract here.
I’m busy with a ton of credits this semester on top of working on applying to graduate school (!) but I’m hoping to have some cool projects in the next few months:
- I started the sequel to my novel Minotaur, ‘Theseus,’ last NaNoWriMo and it’s close to finished – it will potentially be a focus for NaNo this November, although I’ll only be aiming for a cumulative 50k words
- I’m currently preparing an essay for a book to be published by the curator of Balm Digest, which is very exciting!
- I’d really like to aim for another poetry collection in early 2016; my style has changed significantly over the past three months, and so while I was considering pursuing an old idea (a collection called ‘life house’) for this next book, I may reconsider and take more time to flesh out what seems to be forming itself into a nice set
- There are a two or three music projects I’m excited to potentially start with a few music friends/colleagues at UR and in my network, possibly employing poetry!
- On the less official side, I’ve recently been doing some novel editing and review for a friend. I’ve always loved editing, and I can see myself doing this in the future, whether as freelance work or just pleasant help for friends
Rochester folks, come see me perform at this incredible venue next week! I’ll be doing a special set for the date. It’s so important to have such events + spaces for conscious art and community, and I’m honored to be a part of #PeoplesPartyROC this year!