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Stephanie Heit: Every Horizon Turns Liquid

April 5, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm MDT

With its location along the river, the Surel’s Place residency offeres Stephanie Heit (MI) unique support for her continued work on her manuscript Every Horizon Turns Liquid. As an ecopoetic exploration where water is at stake amidst climate change and evolutionary rigors, this residency supported and fostered play and environmental inquiries budding in the piece. The work began along the shorelines of Lake Michigan, documenting through somatic engagement the effects of Lake Michigan’s changing water levels, and now expands to include our environs along with other real and imaginary locations. Stephanie worked outdoors, utilizing movement and awareness exercises combined with writing to engage with place. She invited the environment to inform her work process and product through dialogue and somatic exchange with the landscapes she visited. These exercises combined with scientific research result in the work you will hear. This manuscript was a 2020 Nightboat Poetry Prize Finalist.

Free and open to all.

Stephanie Heit

March - April

A queer poet, dancer, and teacher, Ms. Heit engages with her Ypsilanti, Mich., community and beyond through a disability performance collective, a literary organization for disabled poets, and the somatic writing space she runs with her wife, Petra Kuppers, a 2017 Surel’s Place artist-in-residence in poetry. Her first poetry collection, The Color She Gave Gravity (The Operating System), was a Nighboat Poetry Prize finalist and explores the seams of language, movement, and mental health difference. Her second, Psych Murders, is scheduled for publication in fall 2022 by Wayne State University Press. Her work has appeared in journals including Sonora Review, Ecotone, Venti Journal, Rogue Agent, About Place, Anomaly, Bombay Gin, Dunes Review, Typo, and Disability Studies Quarterly. 

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