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Poetry. LGBT Studies. CA Conrad did 36 rituals a day for 36 days in Marfa, Texas, taking notes between each ritual, the notes harvested later for the poems contained here in CIRCLE M. Some of these rituals include watching 36 installments (about 5 minutes per installment) of the film GIANT, filmed in Marfa in 1955, starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson. Conrad also dressed a sweet potato in a purple skirt and carried her around town to have conversations with strangers about identity and potato avatars. He sang to chickens, infused his food with crystals and Yoko Ono's music, 36 rituals in all, the notes later coming together to make 36 poems.
CAConrad is the author of WHILE STANDING IN LINE FOR DEATH (Wave Books, 2017), ECODEVIANCE (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: NEW (SOMA)TICS (Wave Books, 2012), THE BOOK OF FRANK (Wave Books, 2010/Chax Press, 2009), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (SOMA)TIC MIDGE (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED (Factory School, 2010). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics. ECODEVIANCE was the winner of the 2015 Believer Magazine Book Award. Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA