by Tom Haviv
Illustrated by Sibba Hartunian
A story about two brilliant girls named Phyla and Lyla who live in a town where everyone’s hair is braided together. Their stories are interwoven: each story starts at one side of the book, and both stories meet at the book’s center page.
Lyla’s and Phyla’s stories reflect the vastly different ways of navigating a highly connected society. This book is an exploration of how young people can fundamentally transform society by following their unique gifts and sensitivities to the difficulties & complexities around them, no matter what path that takes. Woven poignantly communicates there is not one path to transforming the world, and, perhaps, the paths that seem so opposed are actually connected.
With vibrant illustrations by Sibba Hartunian and a unique concept that addresses ideas of both community and independence, Woven reminds us that no matter how alone we might feel, all of our stories are interconnected.
Undertorah: An Earth-Based Kabbalah of Dreams
by Jill Hammer
A radical approach to dreams and dreamwork rooted in our bodies, communities, and ecosystems.
The first title in Ayin’s Speculative Theology series, Undertorah takes readers on a journey through the root systems of the dreamworld. Drawing on a deep knowledge of ancient Jewish dream practice, world wisdom traditions, and contemporary ecotheology, this hybrid work of mystical scholarship combines personal narrative, multi-voiced oral history, and a somatic alternative to more symbolic methods of dream interpretation. A practical and paradigm-shifting guidebook for individuals and communities, Undertorah offers a transformative approach to contemporary dreamwork, grounded in embodied experience and ancestral wisdom, that connects us to spirit and inspires us to heal our world.
by Gerald Stern
Gerald Stern’s long poem I. is an extraordinary and wild compilation of poetic modes, moods, and registers—meandering and focused, hallucinatory and concrete, deranged and deeply ecstatic. Inspired by the sight of a derelict synagogue on the Lower East Side, I. is an intrinsically New York poem, concerned with shifting structures of place and identity in the face of time and rapid change. Though first written in the late aughts, Stern’s brazen, mischievous politicality and blasphemous spirituality, refracted through the biblical book and prophetic character of Isaiah, feel particularly relevant to the present moment. Intertextual, critical, at times jubilant and derisive, I. brims with Stern’s idiosyncratic mix of high intellect and chthonic populism.
The book features Stern’s original introduction, as well as a foreword and afterword written by poet-luminaries Ross Gay and Alicia Ostriker.
by Eden Pearlstein & Zahar Vaks
In January 2020, painter Zahar Vaks and poet Eden Pearlstein co-curated a multi-medial art show for the Ortega y Gasset Projects gallery in Brooklyn, NY, called In/Flux: on influence, inspiration, transmission, and transformation.
In conjunction with the gallery show, a unique, full-color chapbook/catalogue was produced to poetically reflect on the central themes and questions posed by the curators throughout their process: What is the nature of influx? What does it mean to be in flux? And what do these concepts and processes have to do with our lived experience and creative practice?
The show featured diverse works from 9 different artists in multiple mediums, including painting, collage, poetry, sculpture, music, and video. The book features a selection of images from the show, a curatorial statement by Zahar Vaks, and a series of kabbalo-conceptual-art writings and permutational poems by Eden Pearlstein.