Ghostland is a monthly performance-art based literary series with revolving themes, hosted by Jen Scholten and Ophelia Darkly.
The purpose of this new series is to fill a void that currently exists in the Portland literary realm. As writers and artists, it has been difficult to find literary reading spaces and events consistently devoted to curating specific, themed readings that manage to effectively speak to the shared subjective experience. We would like to be able to provide this outlet for other writers in the community, and also, for an audience seeking a thoughtful engagement with like-minded peers.
This series will provide a pathway for writers to showcase their work in a new and exciting way; through the use of multimedia and expression beyond words. We hope that the revolving themes and carefully crafted, corresponding media provided will inspire and encourage writers to create new works that reflect the energy of the community and beyond.
Each monthly event with Ghostland will showcase it’s unique expression by way of including a variety of writers/artists from different backgrounds, but also in the involvement of a specific theme tasked with appealing to all of the senses. You can expect to see, hear, feel, smell and taste Ghostland. So please, join us in navigating this meaningful new frontier.
All our fire,
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
Ghostland seeks powerful storytellers, skilled personal necromancers and speakers of impactful, haunting tales that speak to the theme of Ghosts. Those inspired by the wind-whispered messages that appear to us from earth and beyond, we call on you!
Ghostland is a monthly performance based literary series with revolving themes, hosted by Ophelia Darkly and Jen Scholten. The debut event, Ghostland: Ghosts, will take place the evening of March 18th, 2018 at The Crush Bar.
What’s Unique About Ghostland?
All writers will be paid for their performances; payment is dependant upon donations at the door.
The purpose of this series is to fill a void that currently exists in the Portland literary realm. As writers and artists, it has been difficult to find literary reading spaces and events consistently devoted to curating specific, themed readings that manage to effectively speak to the shared subjective experience. We would like to be able to provide this outlet for other writers in the community, and also, for an audience seeking a thoughtful engagement with like-minded peers.
We are looking specifically for literary works that fit the theme of Ghosts and incorporate elements of performance art. Each performer will be given 10-15 minutes on stage.
We are open to accepting works in progress, as well as completed works, but suggest that you submit both written and visual components (video/audio/media) with the subject title “Ghostland: Ghosts – Submission – Your Name” to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 28th.
The venue requires all performers to be 21+.
Please consult our mood board and playlist for further inspiration:
Jen Scholten is a poet, imagist and the sole creator of Ghost of Earth, an evolving two-way mirror and working catalyst of darkness and light. Ghost of Earth’s work is consistently connected to nature, the human experience and unexplored territories within the physical and psychic worlds. Jen spent two years attending, absorbing photographing and reviewing multimedia and performance art for various theaters, festivals and artists throughout the city with Thru Media LLC., (a Portland-born creative arts magazine). She is currently filling her time with the editing of her first book of poetry, designing endless illustration/photography works and in working with fellow artists to develop meaningful projects and communities together.
Ophelia Darkly is a shapeshifter, word conjurer, and dream weaver, originating from a strange place known as Chicago. At the age of six, she began writing weird tales in the dusty corners of a peach coloured room and hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from The University of Iowa where she earned degrees in Theatre & Creative Writing. Her work often takes the form of fractured fairytales, exploring mirrors of duality, the supernatural, whimsical wonderlands, and beyond. She wishes to create a space where artists can inspire one another and see their dreams manifest in the physical realm.