A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 20: Kristin Prevallet

Episode 20: Kristin Prevallet

Rachel Zucker speaks with poet, hypnotherapist, teacher, workshop leader and activist Kristin Prevallet about teaching grammar in prisons, trancepoetics, hypnotherapy, radical femininity, retrograde meaning, and what it means to be a tender of the garden of language. They discuss Kristin’s new novel and new book on healing, teaching writing to non-writers, and the power of female sexuality.

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Books by Kristin Prevallet

Trace Poetics: Your Writing Mind (Wide Reality Books, 2013)

You, Resourceful: Return to Who You Want to Be (Wide Reality Books, 2012)

Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (A Four Quartets) (Belladonna*, 2012)

I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press, 2007)

Other Books/Artists/Thinkers/Makers Mentioned in the Episode

William James, The Figure of Consciousness (Routledge, 2014)

Hélène Cixious, “The Laugh of the Medusa” (Signs, Vol. 1, via Jstor)

Alice Notley, Mysteries of Small Houses (Penguin, 2008)

Karl Jung, The Red Book (W.W. Norton & Company, 2012)

Leonora Carrington

Max Ernst

Rikki Ducornet

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (Dover Thrift Editions, 1994)

William Shakespeare, King Lear (Norton Critical Editions, 2007)

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication on the Rights of Women (Dover Thrift Editions, 1996)

Other Relevant Links

Bard Prison Initiative

PEN Prison Writing Program

Episode 21: Undocupoets Part 1 — Christopher Soto aka Loma

Episode 21: Undocupoets Part 1 — Christopher Soto aka Loma

Episode 19: Andi Zeisler

Episode 19: Andi Zeisler