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Katherine Factor is an editor, book coach, and educator. Her debut poetry book, A Synil Society won the Test Site Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Nevada Press. She has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Katherine is the author of three Choose Your Own Adventure books, Spies: Mata Hari, Spies: Harry Houdini, and Spies: Spy For Cleopatra.

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Forever de Young: Judy Chicago’s Pyrotechnic ‘Atmospheres’

Fall colors abound every autumn, swirling around in the air as they dance making shapes visible and invisible. And, for visitors to — or lucky viewers of —  San Francisco’s de Young Museum this Saturday, October 16 (6 pm),  fall will also bring an additional riot of color . . . in smoke art! As a part of  Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, the artist’s current exhibition is marked with a free performance of one of her pyrotechnic “Atmospheres.”read more.

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Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ at 50: An Ode to Womanhood

Joni Mitchell’s iconic album, Blue, celebrated its 50th Anniversary this summer with Rhino Records’ release of rare demos and outtakes from the recording. While a 50th Anniversary is a golden one, this album is a riot of blues — a range of the feminine, filled with feeling. It sears with songs that are alive, that sink into souls.read more.

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Guerrilla Girls Make Good Trouble in ‘The Art of Behaving Badly’

As someone who has taught intro to art courses using the Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art (published in 1998), it’s difficult even for me to properly introduce the Guerrilla Girls.

For one, the Guerrilla Girls mask in gorilla face, occludes identity, and they are a fierce feminist force — one fighting for fairness in the art world.read more.

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National Poetry Month: How Amanda Gorman’s ‘The Hill We Climb’ Proves Poetry’s Power

As evidenced by Amanda Gorman’s recently published book of “The Hill We Climb” topping number 1 on USA TODAY’s bestseller list, we have not forgotten her moving performance at the Biden-Harris Inauguration. 

In fact, we have had repeat chills reading her social media posts that honor Black lives, the fight for justice, and the power of poetry. read more.

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