ART OnSite Lecture Series presents “It Calls From the Creek,” an afternoon of poetry with Jared Stanley and Dale Pendell 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Drive, Grass Valley. A donation of $15 will be collected at the door.
Stanley is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals, which created “It Calls From the Creek,” a series of 10 installations along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City. Local poet Dale Pendell contributed a bioregional poem to the work.
Stanley is the author of two books of poetry, “The Weeds” and “Book Made of Forest,” as well as four chapbooks, including “How the Desert Did Me In.” He is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose latest installation, “It Calls From the Creek,” is a site-specific walking poem installed on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City and on view through September 2014.
Stanley is a 2012-2014 research fellow at the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and teaches at Sierra Nevada College. He lives in Reno.
Pendell is the author of the award-winning Pharmako trilogy, a literary history of psychoactive plants. His poetry is widely anthologized, most recently in “The Wisdom Book of American Buddhist Poetry.” Combining the teachings of poet Gary Snyder, Zen teacher Robert Aitken and philosopher Norman O. Brown, Dale seeks his answers in “wild mind.” He was the founding editor of “Kuksu: Journal of Backcountry Writing,” a co-founder of the Primitive Arts Institute and has led workshops at the Naropa Institute and the Omega Institute. In addition to writing, Pendell has been a consultant for herbal product development, botanical surveys and a computer scientist. His most recent books are “Walking with Nobby: Conversations with Norman O. Brown,” “The Language of Bird: Notes on Chance and Divination” and “The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse,” a novel.
He and his wife, Laura, and a familiar cat live in the foothills of the Sierra in California, where they grow pine and oak trees, along with some manzanita. Their performance group, Oracular Madness, most recently appeared at Burning Man.
ART OnSite has coordinated the selection of eight professional artists and the installation of their works for public viewing along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City. Artists were selected based on proposals that best interpret the culture, history and ecology of the Deer Creek watershed. ART OnSite is a partnership with Nevada County Arts and a project of The Sierra Fund. It is a collaborative effort with 15 stakeholders and other partners and is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by private funds.