August 21st, 2016. Oakland, California. I’m a twenty-three-year-old college junior on my way to my first class of the year. “If you don’t study under Jay Gupta while you’re here you’re wasting your time,” said one of my advisors. So I signed up for his 11:00 AM study of aesthetics—the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and appreciation of art and beauty. I haven’t set foot on a college campus in almost five years so I’m intimidated.
While the world is on lockdown Kai Coggin casts a poetic spell across screens. “In case you are out there and you are going through this alone, I want to do this for you.” She raises her left hand and moves it toward the webcam. She pauses, eyes bright with affection. “Go ahead. Put your hand up to it.” I raise my hand to touch hers.
You’ve described your writing process as bizarre—that the poem moves through the body; the words reveal themselves last. How do the words actually come to you? ANDREA: I write out loud running around the house. I'm hyper-focused on sound, how the words sing and how truthfully they make their way into the air. Something can feel honest on the page, and then when spoken they can reveal themselves to be less than authentic.
I’ve admired award-winning singer-songwriter, actor, performer, writer, LGBTQ activist & motivational speaker Ryan Cassata for a long time now. I found him while scrolling through the Instagram #transman feed; his caption stopped me: “I will not stay silent.
This month, Sylvia (under the name Bcspatch) is releasing a utopian sci-fi concept album: Lucy Enlo Infinity Arp—a multimedia project that spans color and sound while tracing Lucy, a character who inhabits a world unscathed by depression and suffering. You can pre-order the album here.