Playing together in the dark

October 24th, 2016
  lieder-alice-1010149vs lieder-bosch-ben_500 lieder-heights_18041518 lieder-29s091421   Collaboration is a tricky, alchemical thing: when it works, it works immediately, effortlessly, gleefully, thoughtfully. When it doesn't  . . .  It really doesn't. Working on NIGHT SCHOOL with Rena Hopkins, Ben Willis, Rachael Ahn Harbert, and Marianne Brass - this collaboration works, the mind enacted in the physical world, eyes ears muscles brain, making the real even more real. It's a lab, it's a poem, it's a playground. And we learn from one another, so for us it's night school, too. [Photos courtesy Rick Lieder: Rena Hopkins/ALI<E, Ben Willis/Garden of Earthly Delights, Rachael Ahn Harbert/the Heights, Marianne Brass/ALI<E. ]

“I want to be an author.”

October 17th, 2016
kathe_age7_500 That was her ambition.  

Work hard, play hard, repeat

October 14th, 2016
This month I'm working and playing especially hard. cranbrook-kingswood-visit-kk-1016 - talking literature - what it's for, how it changes us - with the bright and engaging students  at Cranbrook Kingswood . . . - joining in the amazing yearly #TheLiteraryOthers LGBT reading event at Roof Beam Reader, with a post that looks at how we act when we act out our truest selves . . . talk_pb - popping up in the Indie Spotlight at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Blog to talk about CHRISTOPHER WILD  . . . christopher-wild_500 - going into rehearsals for NIGHT SCHOOL, my newest nerve production, based on Marlowe's immortal DOCTOR FAUSTUS and inspired by the "Night School" section of, yes, CHRISTOPHER WILD . . . shadow-selves - and heading to St. Paul MN to be guest of honor and present a solo performance piece, "The Art of Darkness," at Arcana 46. And every day I'm at my desk, working hard and having wild fun with CHRISTOPHER WILD. Whee, what a month! kathe_2909165_800  

The face of CHRISTOPHER WILD

September 23rd, 2016
christopher-wild_500 Worth a thousand words and then some: the cover for CHRISTOPHER WILD. Art and design via Rick Lieder.

Night School

August 29th, 2016
Give me whatsoever I shall ask. Tell me whatsoever I demand.   Going ever deeper into CHRISTOPHER WILD - the novel is two-thirds complete, now - I'm also writing a companion piece: harsh light and darkness, music and movement, hell and heaven and everywhere in between, a one-night-only performance of Marlowe's words and mine. January 2017, time for NIGHT SCHOOL.   14081411_10210611261783489_705737399_n  

Bosch & nerve

July 25th, 2016
Mary Perrin owl mask The patrons have a beautiful, sprawling garden, with flowers and ponds and two blue-metal follies. Lieder-Bosch-Ben_500 To bring Bosch to that garden, we needed music. Bosch reh MP KK RH R Hop We needed masks, and eggs, and fruit. Mary fish mask Bosch Bosch dress fish 1 MPep And a fish. Bosch dress owl fish MPep God on the folly RHop Murder ears Bosch RHop And we already had nerve.   [Photos courtesy Rena Hopkins (1-3-7-8), Rick Lieder (2), Mary Perrin (4-5-6).]