PORT TOWNSEND — A woman who studied to become a Buddhist nun, a Northwest logger’s daughter, a Canadian filmmaker and a Latino choreographer: All will present their art this week online via Goddard College’s Port Townsend campus.
These four are Goddard artists in residence who normally would have given their presentations at Fort Worden State Park, but in this pandemic year, they’re appearing on Zoom.
Each event is free to the public.
“Goddard College is still invested in giving back to the community,” said Port Townsend site manager Claudia Zysk, adding that social justice and decolonial art are high priorities in Goddard’s creative writing and interdisciplinary arts programs.
To receive the Zoom links for the presentations this Tuesday through Thursday, email [email protected]
Here’s the schedule:
• Tuesday, Noon to 1 p.m.: Writer Tina Ontiveros will give a reading and answer questions about her memoir, “rough house.” In it, she follows her logger father “as he migrates across his wooded territory, cobbling together shelters for his family, burning bridges, and forever starting over.”
Author Deborah Reed has said Ontiveros is reminiscent of Raymond Carver.
• Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m.: Faith Adiele, whose books include “Meeting Faith,” a travel memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun, gives a reading and answers questions.
Adiele, founder of VONA Travel, a workshop for travel writers of color, is also the subject and narrator of the PBS documentary “My Journey Home,” based on her life growing up with a Nordic-American single mother and then traveling to Nigeria as an adult to find her father and siblings.
Her website is Adiele.com.
• Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Film director and producer Loretta S. Todd, whose family belongs to the Cree and Metis nations, presents “Coyote Science,” a program about Indigenous scientists and knowledge holders.
Animated stories, experiments and music are all part of this show for young people and educators. For information, see coyotescience.com.
• Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Iván-Daniel Espinosa of Port Townsend presents “Skinespheres: Somatic Ecologies in a More-than-Human World,” his work of experimental dance and performance art. Espinosa, who has a master’s degree in performance studies from New York University, highlights humans’ connection to the earth. His website is ivanespinosa.org.
Jefferson County senior reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]