CIIS celebrates the release of volume 3 of its inter-arts journal Mission at Tenth, the Double Helix issue, on Saturday, March 31. The event will be held in Namaste Hall at the CIIS Main Building from 6-7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Mission at Tenth is produced by students in the MFA programs of the Writing, Consciousness and Creative Inquiry Department. Volume 3 features work by poets Jane Hirshfield and Pireeni Sundaralingam; "Action Architect" and MacArthur genius Elizabeth Streb; Exploratorium "Vision" prize winner Meeson Pae Yang; and "Robopocalypse" author Daniel H. Wilson. The "double helix" theme was suggested in an MFA talk last year by adventure writer Julia Whitty. Asked by a student to reveal the source of inspiration for her work, Whitty answered that she found it in "the deep scatter of science and art."
The event will include a panel of contributors: photographer Barbara Parmet, videographer Zig Gron, muralist/performance artist Johanna Poethig, and science writer, co-author of "How to Defeat Your Own Clone," Terry D. Johnson. Panelists will be interviewed by MFA students in the Editing and Publishing class, and introduced by magazine editor Randall Babtkis. Neil Freese, art director of the journal, will offer a short how-to on the QR codes featured in Mission at Tenth. Panelists will also take questions from the audience.
The first volume of Mission at Tenth, the Leaky Pen issue, was published in spring 2009; the Hieroglyph Issue followed in spring 2011, featuring work by Angelica Muro, Alonzo King, Vicente Aleixandre, Rabindranath Tagore, Quincy Troupe, Diane Di Prima, and others. Volume 4, the East/West issue, is planned for a spring 2013 release and submissions will open on June 1, 2012. For more information, write to [email protected].