Crystal Good is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group of writers and artists whose creations and existence combat the erasure of African American identity in the Appalachian region, an Irene McKinney Scholar, and author of Valley Girl. She is the founder and CEO of Mixxed Media, a marketing and consulting firm that teaches media and engagement strategies to mission-driven organizations. She also works as an advocate for environment, education, and economic actions like industrial hemp, and she is creating a digital commons for voters to express their concerns through her self-made position of Social Media Senator for West Virginia. Crystal Good has spoken and read her poetry in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at the West Virginia section of the Women’s March on Washington, for the 2013 TEDx conference in Lewisburg, West Virginia, for the LouderARTS Project, for the Appalachian Mountain Advocates, and for students and scholars at several universities and colleges.
At the talk, which will take place on Friday, February 16, from 6:00 to 7:30pm, Good will ask participants to consider several of the following questions: How do artists and writers affectively and critically engage diverse audiences through creative innovation? How might we approach art and performance’s relationship with activism in our ever-digital world? How do new and emerging media forms change or enhance our relationship with artistic representations and activism?
Crystal Good’s performance will include a poetry reading that explores the intersections of environmental, economic, gender, language, and racial justice, especially as they exist in the Appalachian region. Because her work is invested in the interconnections of activism, creative writing, performance, and digital media, the performance will feature a unique assemblage that explores how writing and performance activism might arise in both the digital and physical world. Following the reading, Good will host a dialogue where audience members will have an opportunity to engage the poet on her creative approaches and experiences.
At the workshop, which will take place from noon until 3:00pm on Saturday, February 17th and requires an RSVP, Good and participants will engage with the following questions: How do we make our work meaningful to diverse audiences beyond the university? How can we use artistic representations and communications to engage communities in complex ways?
During this workshop, students will bring in a piece of work (anything from a budding idea to a work-in-progress) for which they would like to consider creative ways to make it speak to multiple audiences within and beyond the university. The goal of the workshop is to walk students through the process of making their work more accessible, artistic, engaged, critical, meaningful, and impactful.
Workshop participants are asked to bring the following:
1. An idea or piece of your own work
2. An example of work you admire from the genre you’re working in (print copy, video link, etc.)
3. An anonymous letter in an unmarked envelope listing the audiences, demographics, and ‘kinds’ of people you want to connect with or encounter your work
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, February 14th if you would like to attend the workshop.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Environmental Humanities; the Department of African American and African Studies; Disability Studies; the Appalachian Studies Network@OSU; and the English Graduate Organization (EGO).