On July 27, I’m a Guest on the Poetic Travels on the Autism Hwy Radio Show

Autism HwyOn July 27, I will be a guest on the Poetic Travels on the Autism Hwy radio show, hosted on Blog Talk Radio by Kelly Green and Erik Estabrook. I will be discussing my poetry, how autism relates to my work, and performing some of my poems (including three from my upcoming chapbook, Novena (remixed)).

The show is scheduled for 4:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Pacific Time. The link below will take you directly to the broadcast:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/erikevision/2013/07/27/poetic-travels-on-the-autism-highway

I am honored to be a guest on their brand new show, of which this is the second broadcast. Tune in on July 27! You won’t want to miss it.

-Nicole

Aspie Poem: Code

Dear H: for those of us to whom words
sometimes do not easily run, saunter, or even
amble: we speak in code. We think in code. We
construct our languages painstakingly
like little Tolkiens, separated by time, distance, and space:
but the Hobbits and the Elves ain’t got
nothing on us. We have the dexterity
of pictures, objects, or even
moving film to send messages to world,

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Altered Prisms Art Show @ CCAA Museum of Art, August – September 2012

The Altered Prisms Art Show, an exhibit featuring works by artists on the autism spectrum, will be hosted at the CCAA Museum of Art from August 10 through September 30, 2012. This exhibit will be accepting submissions by artists until May 1, 2012.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Only artists on the Autism Spectrum are invited to participate.
  2. Each artist may submit a maximum of 3 images. Submission is not a guarantee of acceptance into the show.
  3. The deadline for submitting digital entries is May 1, 2012.  Images in jpeg format must be sent to bjartworks@mac.com.
  4. Paintings or drawings submitted must not exceed 18″x24″ (not including the frame size) and can be in any medium. Exceptions for sizes may be requested by contacting Gene Sasse directly at : exhibits@ccaamuseum.org.
  5. All entries must be framed or professionally presented (frameless pieces must have canvas edges painted, with no visible staples showing, watercolors and drawings must be professionally presented under glass or plexiglass) and ready to hang with a wire on the back.
  6. Artists will be informed as to their acceptance into the show by June 1, 2012
  7. Intake will be July 29 and Aug 2. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up or shipping costs both ways.
  8. Take down will be September 30 between 4-5 pm or October 4 through 6 between 12-4 pm.
  9. Entry Procedure & Format:
  • Digital Entries ONLY. Please adhere to the following requirements for size of digital images.
  • Format: JPG
  • Resolution: 72 dpi with 1000px as largest dimension saved as a jpeg quality 10
  • File Size: Not to exceed 2.0 MB for each image submitted
  • Color Mode: RGB
  • File Delivery: Digital images submitted via email or disk
  • File Name Format: lastname_firstname_title.jpeg
  • Without your name in the file name we will not know whose art belongs to whom once all the images are placed into folders for judging.

My Art Piece, “Escape” in April and May Art of Autism Shows

One of my digital art pieces, “Escape”, will be displayed as part of the Art of Autism exhibits in April and May. “Escape” is based on my poem, “Letter to My Father”, and is a digital art print on photo paper. “Letter to My Father” appears in the 2012 edition of The Art of Autism, which is now available for purchase from its website.

“Escape”, along with art from several other artists on the autism spectrum with work in The Art of Autism, will be featured in both the April and May shows.

The first Art of Autism exhibit will be at the Bohemia Coffee House in Ojai, CA during April (click on the image below to view larger).

The May exhibit will be at Curious Cup in Carpinteria, CA. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Art of Autism Art Shows

The Art of Autism has three upcoming shows this spring. Information is courtesy of Debra Hosseini, editor of The Art of Autism.

NEWSFLASH! The 2012 edition is coming March 21, 2012 and includes 77 artists and poets on the spectrum (including me — my poem, “Letter to My Father”, is in the book)!

  • April 1 – April 30 at the Bohemia Coffee Shop in Ojai, California. There will be an art reception and book signing on April 15 — join Celebrate Autism and others at this event!
  • May 1 – May 31 at the Curious Cup Bookstore in Carpinteria, California. There will be an open Studio Art Tour during the weekend of May 12 – May 13. Also, there will be an art reception, book signing, and other events — details to be announced.
  • In collaboration with the Santa Barbara Art Walk for Kids, there will also be a show at the Faulkner Gallery May 1 – May 30. Details to be announced.

Finding One’s Voice: Art, Autism, and Communication

…we
dip into this thing that we cannot
name except for the words
flowing from our pens and tongues.
– From my poem, “Samadhi”

So much of the dialog about autism focuses about how we as autistics cannot and do not communicate. I’ve noticed that the emphasis seems to be on our capability (or lack of) to communicate with speech, and I sense an underlying assumption that limits human communication to the realm of speech. Besides the distinction of high-functioning versus low-functioning (which I think are somewhat limiting concepts), verbal versus non-verbal serves as yet another division line between autistics. I feel that the emphasis on verbal communication in autistic people promotes a severely limited idea of how autistic people can and do communicate which does not allow for alternate methods.Loose Lips

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