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Spectral Evidence: The Witch Book

The era of witch-hunting is not historical but is, instead, a present day reality. In Spectral Evidence, Nancy Bowen and Elizabeth Willis bring together images and text in alchemical combinations to remind us of our nearness to this abiding system of othering, persecution, and extraction from the lives of women, the poor, and ...
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Featured Open Poetics Edition

It’s go in / quiet illumined grass / land

A new addition to our Open Poetics series, this digital-critical edition highlights the poet-artist exchange, friendship and cross-disciplinary collaboration as it appears not only in the poem but also as its impetus and aftermath…
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Featured Teaching Guide

Elisabeth Houston’s Standard American English

This new Teaching Guide invites readers and students to take on their own investigation of American values, through a series of writing, multimedia, and creative exercises. The Guide asks its explorers…
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The Coming Mental Range
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The Cloud Notebook
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Posted July 27, 2023

Introducing: A Guide to Teaching Standard American English by Elisabeth Houston

We are enthusiastically announcing the release of our newly published Litmus Teaching Guide, for Standard American English, the debut book by EL_S_TH H__ST_ON aka Elisabeth Houston, a writer and multidisciplinary artist, who brings her readers into the world of ...

Posted May 02, 2023

Alchemy of Species: on Will Alexander's The Coming Mental Range

For Will Alexander, philosophy “means inquiry into the broadest view, into the most encompassing range, taking into account the known and what is considered to be the unknown.” This malleable and generous approach is also what animates the writer’s poetics, defined by the understanding that “poetry is ...

Posted April 05, 2023

New Teaching Resource: Experimental Performance Scenarios

We are pleased to share our newly published Litmus Teaching Guide, Experimental Performance Scenarios, a three-book reference map exploring the constellation of thinking around performance writing. For this guide, we have prepared discussion questions and generative prompts focusing on containment scenario: DisloInter MedTextId entCation: Horse Medicine by M. ...

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