Jillian Mukavetz is a poet, artist and musician (she plays the fiddle!) as well as editor of Women’s Quarterly Conversation — an online publication focused on contemporary women authors, which Jillian describes on the site as being “dedicated to giving voice and visibility to the exceptional aesthetic diversity of women writers in the 21st century.” She also publishes her own work at hip pubs like Delirious Hem, Thirteen Myna Birds and Ditch and is finishing her first book which is brilliant in the ways in which it musically marries ugliness and beauty in every note. Check out this impressive collaboration between Eleni Sikelianos, Eva Grace [age 5] (vocals) and Jillian Mukavetz (violin).
I asked Jillian what she’s been reading and this is what she said:
Funny enough, two of the books that I am reading right now were sent to me by mistake by Amazon: textbooks on human anatomy and mass communications and media. I’m keeping them and reordering the other books. They’re large, so I don’t carry those around, but my present besties per se, are Amy Gerstler’s Dearest Creature, Jacques Roubaud’s some thing black, Ronaldo V. Wilson’s Poems of the Black Object, Mina Loy’s The Lost Lunar Baedeker, and Lisa Roberston’s Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. I got a smaller computer to carry more books.
The interview profiles that I create for Women’s Quarterly Conversation are equally inspiring. Attitude, lens, these are all elements that I think about in my own work, but I am able to converse, expand, and redefine my own versions. I feel so lucky to be able to share these intimate conversations, wisdom really, about literary and feminist theory including discussion on issues such as life, love, death, sex, time, pop culture, memory, identity.
I also love Googling the search terms that connect to my sites, which create their own technological post-modern poem responses and Google and I tangle ourselves philosophically for a bit. Twitter is like a fun performance space where language becomes a sociological experiment. Mostly I just listen. Beautiful things happen and ugly things happen. Poems happen in image and music and idea. It makes things visible and change is possible. At least that is what I hope.