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This interview with Elisabeth Workman was conducted on October 9th, 2022, at the OHSS October Intensive. Elisabeth Workman is a writer, poet, and educator based in Minneapolis. In this interview, she describes childhood experiences of connection with nature in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the concept of "magic spots", grounding, head v. heart-centered ways of being, and childhood family dynamics. She describes and reflects upon a recurring dream from childhood, discussing themes of abandonment, agency, and the unknown. She tells of her background in dance, her poetry practice, non-semantic uses of language, and coming to terms with her parents' mortality. She discusses shadow work on the individual and collective level, and the role that art can play in revealing and integrating the unspeakable in all of us (oral history is also discussed in this context at the end of the interview). This interview will be relevant to those interested in poetry, experimental language arts, Jungian psychology, dream analysis, and early childhood development.
I’m an audio producer and sound designer based in Portland, Maine. Over the years I’ve made work for NPR, WBEZ, Love + Radio, 99PI, Serial, and other organizations. Today, I own a small production company focused on sound design, scoring, and mixing. While I love sound design and all things sonic, I sorely miss the reporting process—especially the interview experience—and I’m eager to get back to it in my professional life. I’m very much looking forward to this workshop.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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