Through Lightwells

Friday, July 22nd 7:00pm at Crashbox (2022)

Through Lightwells is a collaboration between Marissa Ayala and Brent Crosson. They initially met at the East Austin Writing Project, which Marissa founded and runs. Brent shared recent recordings of his sound composition with Marissa, who wrote poetry while listening to them.

The project combines the poems of Marissa and Brent with sounds created by Brent using field recordings, guitars, saxophones, keyboards, and other instruments.

Brent Crosson is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Anthropology at the University of Texas- Austin. He seeks to combine poetry and sound in ethnographic and creative settings. His poetry has been published in Bacopa, Anthropology and Humanism, and American Religion. His book Experiments with Power (University of Chicago Press 2020) won the Clifford Geertz Prize from the American Anthropological Association, and his poetry won prizes from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and the University of Toronto’s New Arts of Persuasion.

Marissa Anne Ayala is a poet & artist based in Austin, TX. Her poetry combines language and visual art crafting color-drenched narratives. She’s currently writing a poetry collection informed by meditation and color theory. Her work has appeared in the Poets of Queens Anthology, Fugue Literary Journal, Pen + Brush Literary Magazine, Pen + Brush Art Gallery, Tupelo Press, & more. You can find her color meditations, collage, and photography on Insta: @chroma_note. She runs the East Austin Writing Project and the East Austin Writing Project Poetry Club.