Devil's Dyke Network




The fifth Fake News Poetry Workshop occurred on March 19, 2018, with the queer feminist writing colective Devil's Dyke Network in Brighton, England. I had been introduced to them by Sam Soloman, who was introduced to me by my friend and colleague, Alisa Lebow. The project gains support, poets, participants, and places along its merry way and through magentic networks of interest. Working over Skype, I introduced the project to the collective. Members, Linda Paoli, Claudia Treacher, and Helen Dixon took the lead for their community, and developed an intense somatic session based on feminist cyborg theory and embodied experience. I tried to reflect upon the deep and lasting experience I had there, brief as it was, distant as it became, as my concluding blog post, "Forget the Audience," for the 10 Tries, 100 Poems effort. Their poems were rendered from figurative, discriptive phrases expressing shared concerns and can be found under "Poetry," to the left. Images of the fragments and one group reading can be found under "Media," and their developed Workshop Plan, written to "Explore our presence on social media and the contestation of fake/hegemonic news through creative means" is collected in "Ephemera." My travels to England were supported by a Tow Research Grant through Brooklyn College, CUNY