Witchcraft, divination, and other forms of magical practice are deeply linked to art-making, as to engage in any of them is to employ symbolic systems and imaginative actions in order to materialize the immaterial. In this evening’s conversation, Jessa Crispin, Pam Grossman, and Jen May will discuss the ways in which they explore magic in their creative work and lives, whether thematically, spiritually, or through their generative processes. Topics will also include witches as artists (and vice versa), tarot, identity, and probably a whole heap of feminism, fate, and other troubles.
Jessa Crispin is the founder and editor of the magazines Bookslut.com and Spolia. She is the author of The Dead Ladies Project, published by The University of Chicago Press, The Creative Tarot, published by Touchstone, and Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto. She has written for many publications, some of which are still in existence. She has collaborated with artist Jen May on The Spolia Tarot, and their new zine, Screaming Women.
Pam Grossman is the creator and host of The Witch Wave podcast and the author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power (Gallery Books, June 2019) and What Is A Witch (Tin Can Forest Press). She is co-founder of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU, and her art exhibitions and magical projects have been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, and The New Yorker. Her writing has appeared in such outlets as Sabat Magazine, HuffPost, and her occulture blog, Phantasmaphile.
Jen May is an artist whose illustrations and collages have been featured in such outlets as New York Magazine, Catapult, and The Toast. She has collaborated with writer Jessa Crispin on The Spolia Tarot, and their new zine, Screaming Women.