We are so thankful to all the folks who came out last Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of the fifth issue of untethered, the “body issue!” It was a jam packed launch, we ran out of chairs, and truthfully, we couldn’t have been happier. We had so much fun and really hope you did too. The featured readers blew us away with their body (and sometimes bawdy) talk. We didn’t realize until after, but this was our first launch ever featuring solely poets. We were so impressed by everyone’s individual stage presence and reading style, we were completely immersed in the night. Sometimes we got so into the poets, we forgot we had to get on stage when they were done!
Big thanks again to everyone who read and came out to support the magazine and hear our talented contributors.
Here are some rad photos from the evening thanks to Julia Heximer and Michelle Liu!
Inspired by the last line of Victoria Butler’s poem, “Confessional” (“my body keeps leaving me voicemails telling me it’s tired of feeling weak”), we had a contest before the break. We asked launch attendees to write on our sweet mannequins, or tweet (@untetheredmag #untetheredbodies) their answer to the question: if your body left you a voicemail what would it say?
Before we kicked off the second half, we pulled for raffle winners, and our Fairy Gawdmother, Lesley Kenny, joined us on stage to talk a little bit about DescantOnline, and to introduce Karen Mulhallen, the poet, and editor of Descant Magazine for over forty years.
After the readers, we pulled for more raffle winners, and read aloud the tweets and writings “on the body” of the mannequins while the audience cheered for a winner.
There were so many thoughtful, haunting and/or funny tweets and responses to the contest, but we let the audience decide which they liked best. Congrats to our “what would your body say if it left you a voicemail” contest winners, who got the biggest claps and laughs, and a prize of a drink on us.
We had SO much fun, and we were impressed by all of the readers who shared their work and inspired by the feedback we received from the audience. untethered would be nothing without all of you.
Big shout out to all of our helpers throughout the night: Kelsy Vivash and Lesley Kenny, raffle ticket pushers extraordinaire; Danielle Haldoupis, Michael Ricci, and Alex DiCintio, untethered table volunteers; Julia Heximer and Michelle Liu, our bad ass photographers for the evening; and all our friends and family who came out to support us.
We hope to see you all at the winter launch of 3.2!