Join the 3:15 Experiment TONIGHT!

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Join the 3:15 Experiment TONIGHT! Set your alarm for 3:15am and write! Read on for directions, history and more.

Originally posted on art predator:

315time4transformation1It’s July 31! That means it’s time to set your clocks for 3:15am and participate in the 3:15 Experiment, a writing experiment for poets/people who want to experience writing  in a different non-drug induced state on consciousness, in this case, a between sleeps or hypnopompic/hypnogogic state of consciousness, where you are neither quite asleep or wide awake.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2014 3:15 EXPERIMENT:

  • Begin at 3:15 AM on August 1. THAT’S TONIGHT. Continue each day until August 31.
  • You may write any length, style, form, content, voice, rhythm, etc.
  • DO NOT EDIT your work. This is raw stuff, baby. That’s part of the experiment. You are welcome to edit, collage, break apart the poems later for whatever purpose you choose, but please SHARE THE RAW STUFF with us on the website after the experiment.
  • (Optional) Do not read what you have written until the month is over…

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#ThatDamNation Floods 23 @Patagonia Stores TODAY

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

New documentary highlights how we became a #damnation and what we should do about it. Watch for a showing at Ventura College fall 2014!

Originally posted on art predator:

DamNation floods 23 Patagonia Retail Stores across the country today, Thursday, June 5th, 2014; #ThatDamNation photo contest ends June 7.

A ragingly powerful and award-winning documentary film, Damnation explores our dam culture and examines the change in “attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.” The #ThatDamNation contest invites YOU to contribute to the conversation with photos of your own (scroll down for details).

“DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature,”states the DamNation website.

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I Don’t Consider Myself a Misogynist

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

worth reading, reflecting, and responding!

Originally posted on Poorly Edited :

I used to identify myself as a maleist. That is, I believed that the rights of men were being whittled away by American women. I believed that we were raising a generation of men to be pussies. We were stamping out natural male instincts in an attempt to keep them subdued. We were telling American men that they should be ashamed of their sex and instincts.

I’m sure Fight Club had something to do with this.

I don’t identify as a maleist anymore. I find myself thinking these thoughts from time to time. I realize that they are misguided. But, they’re still lingering.

I don’t consider myself a misogynist… but….

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Tribute to Dr. Maya Anglelou

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou!

Originally posted on art predator:

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Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

–Maya Angelou

Just last month I posted about Maya Angelou, connecting her words from one of our Earth Day Posters about artists with transformational festivals like Burning Man and Lucidity:

“When members of a society wish to secure that society’s rich heritage, they cherish their arts and respect their artists. The esteem with which we regard the multiple cultures offered in our country enhances our possibilities for healthy survival and continued social development.” (Read it here).

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Alex Frankel reads in Ventura 5/8/14

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Gwendolyn Alley’s Ventura College students will be reading in the open mic which follows Alex Frankel’s featured reading 730pm Thurs. May 8 at the EP Foster Library in Ventura. Join us!

Originally posted on art predator:

This Thursday, May 8 poet Alex M. Frankel features at the EP Foster Library in the Topping Room at 7:30pm. Located at 651 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura, the free reading will be hosted by Dane Baylis and an open mic follows where I and many of my students will be reading from our class publication! Here’s another sample poem by Alex M. Frankel:
 
     Ode to 7-Eleven
 
How are you tonight, 7-Eleven? with your smell

of departure and annoyance, your white bread, your drain cleaners,

your puddings, your cockroaches fanning out over the parking lot

like glossy marzipan soldiers lugging fearsome shadows.

It must be lovely to watch for dawn

coming over the EverTrust Bank and the Chevron station,

it must be trying

for the lively man with the turban (sales associate #33323)

to hang out with the seven moving objects of the sky,

the…

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It’s May the Fourth: How Will You Celebrate Star Wars Day?

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Happy Star Wars Day!

Originally posted on art predator:

YODA SAYS:

No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

You must feeeeeeeel the force around you.

For my ally is the force, and a powerful ally it is.

Size matters not. Look at me! Judge me by my size do you?

DARTH VADER SAYS:

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What if people told European history like they told Native American history?

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Compare this with the history taught in your college classes…

Originally posted on An Indigenous History of North America:

The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because the continent was very crowded, their lives were ruled by strict hierarchies within the family and outside it to control resources. Europe was highly multi-ethnic, and most tribes were ruled by hereditary leaders who commanded the majority “commoners.” These groups were engaged in near constant warfare.

Pre-contact Europeans wore clothing made of natural materials such as animal skin and plant and animal-based textiles. Women wore long dresses and covered their hair, and men wore tunics and leggings. Both men and women liked to wear jewelry made from precious stones and metals as a sign of status. Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because…

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Recommended Read for Earth Month: Violence Girl by Alice Bag

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Pre-order your copy of Alice Bag’s memoir Violence Girl today and pick it up April 22 at Earth Day when she reads and performs at Ventura College from 630-730pm!

Originally posted on art predator:

violencegirlorderformIf you’re into music, grew up in the 70s, are curious about the LA punk scene, or life growing up in East LA, Alice Bag’s book Violence Girl is for you!

“The birth of the 1970’s punk movement as seen through the eyes of Chicana feminist and punk musician Alice Bag. Set against the colorful backdrop of an East LA childhood and the Hollywood Punk Scene, this alternately harrowing and hilarious coming of age tale surveys the sweeping social changes of two decades through a lens of subversive art and thought.” Published by Feral House, 2011.

Alice Bag Photo by Martin Sorrondeguy at the Masque, 2014.

Alice Bag Photo by Martin Sorrondeguy at the Masque, 2014.

Right now I’m taking pre-orders, then you can pick it up Ventura College Earth Day Tues April 22, hear her perform and read, and get her to sign it and personalize it! Only $18 and a great read!

“If I could have a punk…

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Maya Angelou + The Importance of Artists + Festivals

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Are you going to Lucidity? How can attending a music festival help achieve social justice and environmental justice?

Originally posted on art predator:

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According to Maya Angelou,  author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, “When members of a society wish to secure that society’s rich heritage, they cherish their arts and respect their artists. The esteem with which we regard the multiple cultures offered in our country enhances our possibilities for healthy survival and continued social development.” (See more quotes from Maya Angelou).

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As we seek environmental justice and social justice, we would be wise to heed Maya Angelou’s advice. Artists provide us with vision, bring us vitality, show us the truth, provide a mirror and a window for  our souls. We must encourage and support a diversity of artistic voices as these voices will help us hear and see the solutions.

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The “new” festivals that are blossoming worldwide like Burning Man and Lucidity, or how festivals like Coachella

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