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Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance with Janaka Stucky & Lori Goldston

Past event
$18.50 / $45

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Lori Goldston

Janaka Stucky

Janaka Stucky, poet/performer
Lori Goldston, cello/composer

Join mystic poet and performer Janaka Stucky for an immersive, multidisciplinary performance involving light, scent, and sound to introduce his new book of poetry Ascend Ascend. Janaka will be joined by cellist and composer Lori Goldston who has collaborated with artists ranging from Nirvana to Mark Mitchell and Lynn Shelton.

Written over the course of 20 days coming in and out of trance states while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Janaka’s new book Ascend Ascend is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature. Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” this long poem documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine.

In partnership with Atlas Obscura and Third Man Books, two-time National Haiku Champion Janaka will be presenting his new work in its entirety on a 2019 tour to a series of stunning, viscerally appropriate venues in Washington D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In Seattle, Janaka will be performing at All Pilgrims.

Tickets to each event will include a copy of the book, with an option to acquire a deluxe, limited-edition only available on this Atlas Obscura tour.


Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher based in Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed, and original. A perpetual inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time, and geography, performing in clubs, cafes, galleries, arenas, concert halls, sheds, ceremonies, barbecues, and sanctuaries.


There are two ticket prices for this event. Admission with the paperback edition (retail value of $17.95) is $18.50. Admission with the deluxe, limited edition (retail value of $45), only-for-Atlas Obscura edition is $45. This event is family-friendly.


Email Shin Yu Pai at shinyu.pai@atlasobscura.com.

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All Pilgrims Church (Seattle)
500 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, WA 98102 United States
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