Labors of Love: Writing with Silvia Federici
Each week we will discuss essays by Silvia Federici, concentrating on her books Revolution at Point Zero and Caliban and the Witch. We will then write through somatic prompts based on the concepts we study. Our reading and writing will be inspired by housework, mothering, affective labor, marriage and family, creative production, feminism, witchcraft, bodies, and sexuality. Writers of all genres are welcome as we consider how to apply and embody Federici’s revolutionary writing in our urgent present moment.
Amanda Montei is the author of Two Memoirs, published by Jaded Ibis Press, and the sold-out limited-edition prose poetry chapbook The Failure Age, published by Bloof Books. She is also co-author, with her partner, poet and artist Jon Rutzmoser, of the book Dinner Poems. Her fabulist prose poetry has been named a finalist in the Omnidawn fabulist fiction contest, the Essay Press book contest, The Elephants open reading period, the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize, and the Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a PhD from the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, where her research focused on modernist and contemporary documentary women's writing and art, especially representations of gendered violence and women's work.
Amanda's writing and criticism has appeared/is forthcoming at Electric Literature, Vox, the Rumpus, Salon, The Believer, the Ms. Magazine blog, Gaga Stigmata, Entropy, Luna Luna Magazine, and others. Her poetry, fiction, and hybrid writing has appeared in numerous literary journals including Air/Light, Joyland, The Atlas Review, Dusie, Explosion Proof Magazine, PANK, and Delirious Hem. Montei has read and exhibited work at MOCA LA, NYU, UC Berkeley, PACT Zollverein Germany, Ishyo Arts Rwanda, University of Virginia, Burchfield Penney Art Center, and elsewhere. Her writing has received awards from the Riverrun Foundation and Juniper Writer’s Institute. She was previously editor of the literary journal P-QUEUE. She has been teaching writing for over a decade has taught and lectured at SUNY, CalArts, Diablo Valley College, Cal State East Bay, Catapult, Corporeal Writing, and numerous community arts organizations. She lives in California with her partner and two children and is completing her next book, a memoir about care and consent.