Electricity is on the move. So, too, is language. The 'Lectric Collective is interested in orchestrating collisions between the language arts and other art forms, to re-establish a kinetic relationship among them, and to ignite artistic mobility through its diverse contemporary vehicles. We are devoted to process and the healthy continuation of artistic junctions.

Together, the collective has written one collaborative chapbook (One Hundred), a short play (Breadsongs), has created a variety of visual works, and curated a number of events, detailed on the PROJECTS page.

The collective was formed by Jillian Roberts, Kelsa Trom, and Sarah Rothberg in March 2010. They once resided happily together in Oakland, CA and are now scattered between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn.

August 4, 2010


After a little globetrotting (Kelsa went to Sweden, England, and Denmark, while I was off in India and Jill was visiting her parents on the moon) we're all glad to be back in the states, and ready to begin planning our next event.

"Ekphrastic!" went off without a hitch. It was so lovely to see our project finally come to fruition, which in our minds effectively embodied the kind of creative exchange we were hoping for. We can't thank enough everyone who was involved (the artists, poets, Jasmine of Krowswork, SPD and UPB for providing us with books, and everyone who helped install, deinstall, and provided us with general encouragement). We got some very good feedback and, with some experience under our collective belt are sure that event #2 will be an even greater success.

We're planning on making a few changes between the last show and this one. We're brainstorming ways to make the connection between the poem and the artwork more apparent, and we're also hoping to hold an open workshop with the artists to reveal a bit of the creative process involved in reading poetry. Our goal is also to have a more permanent show, so if you or anyone you know is a gallery owner looking to host something like this, drop us a message.

In other news, we're now starting our next collaborative writing project, this time with the additional input of Jesus Castillo. Should be super! And, for anyone who's interested, we still have many extra copies of our first collab chapbook, "100 Dollars"-- email us if you'd like one.

That's all for now, but look forward more posts (and maybe poems, essays, and interviews) in the future.