ANNA GENEVIEVE WINHAM
Here you will find the first forkful, not the whole cake. Of course, if I've spilt salt in the batter feel free to spit it right back out, but here's to hoping the taste is sweet enough that you'll reach, sticky-lipped, for more.
A Three Pronged Fork
Below you will find three directions of Anna's work. She feels most at home at a crossroads, surrounded by multiplicity and polyvalence. Velvet Envy is Anna's persona in The Poetry Brothel, an immersive poetry event that seeks to take poetry out of the classroom. Anna's creative work blends genres from slam poetry to absurdist short stories. Her criticism launches from multiple disciplines, such as linguistic anthropology and physics, finding the landscape richest in the borderlands between them.
See The Poetry Brothel.
Velvet Envy entered this world insidiously, cloaked in the deep green of midnight jealousies. Each furtive glance, each raging romantic tempest, increases her solidity. In societies of great harmony, she hardly exists, manifests as a shadow of herself, a ghostly apparition half-seen in the mirror. Here, though, she's fully fleshed and will drain you of your senses. A natural enchantress, spells come easily to her, as languages to a young child, and she may bewitch you if you're not violently protecting your morals. Velvet is soft and gentle, dark and devious; you'll swear you never trusted her yet trust her still. She's a warm companion or a seductive ensemble, but as night swallows the sunshine you find she's permanently untamed, a creature of the wilderness, a singer of sweet sirens' songs.
She likes it here, enjoys the strangeness of embodiment, the ripples of poetry through parted lips. Poetry, like Envy, is called forth into the world through small moments, becomes fuller the more it is considered, acquires body through speech. Velvet, unsure of her age, sleeps inside grandfather clocks, befriends only trees, and adorns her body with conflict.
Anna's creative work sprawls across genres, picking up tricks from one and weaving them into another. She'll just as soon spit a slam poem as pen a three sentence short story and leave it in a library book. Click for a taste: page poetry, spoken word, short stories, & personal essays.
Anna's background in both linguistics and literary criticism, combined with her experience in verbal performance, mathematics, and science, gives her critical work multiple vantage points from which to launch. Her interests are the intersections of power, language, culture, history, and octopodes.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Send them my way—I thrive on constructive criticism.