Bloodtide: Virtual Horseshoe Crab Holiday Q&A with Author Eli Nixon

Join Eli Nixon for some casual horseshoe crab holiday brainstorming, idea-sharing, and Q&A musing towards activating Bloodtide and/or chewing on its provocations. Not a series- join for any or all, screens on or off,  come as you are to chat with Eli and whoever else comes. 

Eli writes:

Want to hear more about bog bodies? Vexxed by what’s up with rabbits? Have visions of possible holiday activations near you? Want to swap Detrivore Pie recipes or for me to convince you in real-time to buy a pair of staple pliers? Want to hear more about NEW WORLD HEALING CENTER (and why 15% of my cut of book sales goes to it)? Want to scout pageant locations or do you have crabaoke power ballad suggestions??Come with questions, ideas, concerns, or just to chill in cozy pro-crab company. No agenda, just gathering around the holiday impulse towards activation of any scale or flavor!Date:Time – US & Canada (change)Online:This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

This event is free and open to the public but be sure to register! 

Where: Zoom
When: Friday, February 11, 2022, 12:00am – 1:00pm Eastern


Cardboard workshop how-to, karaoke songbook, nature drag theorization, 450-million-year-long love letter, field guide to a different future—Bloodtide proposes exactly what we need in a form we never imagined. Bloodtide is a new holiday to gather us around an homage dedicated to 450 million years of horseshoe crab fortitude.

“There is a crinkly poetry to BLOODTIDE, repurposed poetry, the poetry of wild rebirth snatched from the recycling bin. Words I thought I knew cast shadows that turn them into other beings entirely. Humble is an important word in this book, and so is impossible, and so is cardboard. I don’t think you can make a book like this unless you have been making art and doing liberation work for, oh, I don’t know, twenty years. BLOODTIDE is a box full of wild objects, and the wild space between them. It’s might-y — might like “could be” not like brute force. It expands, has expanded me. I gasped a few times and my nose twitches with the smell — the “rutty musk of the freer beasts within us.” It is radical, it is wise, it is alive.” – Agnes Borinsky, author of Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 and Sasha Masha

It’s a holiday drawn from the author’s own need for new cultural practices and extended as an offering for anybody to use with hopes of contributing to collective liberation. Bloodtide attempts queer futurity, without mythologies of settler innocence and with sustained recognition that time extends through our ancestors: recent ones and ancient. Bloodtide promotes horizontalist structure building practices through pageantry, crabaoke, naturedrag, cardboard sculpting, feasting and other hands-on, locally oriented, commemorative & survivalist practices. Bloodtide posits that homage and attention to horseshoe crabs might further all repair efforts and other insufficient necessities for our collective and individual healing/transformation.


Sep 26 2023


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