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Mutter Courage #2: The Earth Archives

  • Bruna Press + Archive 221 Prospect Street Bellingham, WA, 98225 United States (map)

Bruna Press + Archive is pleased to present the second event in the MUTTER COURAGE program, an occasional reading series + conversation space curated by YANARA Friedland, which invites writers at the corner of poetic, embodied, and intersectional practices to share their work with the Bruna community.

For this event, poet, lyric essayist, and artist DANIELLE Vogel will present an artist talk about her project, The Earth Archives, during her week-long residency in Bellingham. During her talk, Vogel will reveal the inspirations of this archival project, as well as take time to collect sentence-specimens from those in attendance to add to the archive.  


Water, earth, air and fire are often considered in their physical forms, rooted within a particular place and time. In Vogel’s The Earth Archives, they are invisible and set loose in the air as sound. An installation composed entirely of sound, The Earth Archives brings together the voices of hundreds of people creating what the artist calls a living, aural archive. Visitors are invited to listen as our earth aggregates around them through the voices of others. Those who feel moved to do so may submit their own recorded elements to the ever-growing collection.


DANIELLE Vogel is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, and ceremonialist. She is the author of the poetry collections Between Grammars, the forthcoming The Way a Line Hallucinates its Own Linearity, the artist book Narrative & Nest, and the e-chapbook In Resonance. As a writer, Vogel explores the bonds between language and presence, between a reader and a writer, and how a book, as an extended architecture of a body, might serve as a site of radical transformation. Her visual works—or “public ceremonies for language”— celebrate the archives of memory stored within language. They have been exhibited most recently at The Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland, RISD Museum, MICA, Temple and Pace Universities, and The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. She teaches at Wesleyan University and lives in New England with artist Renee Gladman.


Mutter Courage refers to the name of the main character in Berthold Brecht’s eponymous play. A relentless maker in a war-torn world, Mutter Courage inspires this series, which unfolds in expressions of courage in voice.


We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred, ancestral, and perpetual home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice and heritage.

Photo credit: angela rawlings