Rivering Towards: Further Resources

Rivering Towards: Desert-Water Poetics and Politics was a space for collecting meanings of water and the act(s) of rivering, tying together the multiplicities of life, movement, geographies, gender, apocalypse, and material decolonization. Facilitated by Mallika Singh, participants read and webbed together poets and writers including Natalie Diaz, Asiya Wadud, Nick Estes, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, mónica teresa ortiz, and Brandon Shimoda. 

Books and Articles

Tracey Baptiste, “Mermaids Have Always Been Black,” (The New York Times, 2019).

adrienne maree brown, “the river,” Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place, & Community, 13, (Spring 2019).

Dipesh Charkrabarty, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference, (Princeton University Press, 2007).

Inger Christensen, alphabet, translated by Susana Nied, (New Directions, 2001).

Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren, (Bantam Books, 1975).

Angel Dominguez, ROSESUNWATER, (Operating System, 2020).

An Unfinished Compendium of Materials, edited by Rachel Harkness, (University of Aberdeen, 2017).

Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, (Minor Compositions, 2013).

Hi’ilei Julia Hobart, “On Oceanic Fugitivity,” (items, 2020).

Tiffany Lethabo King, The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies, (Duke University Press, 2019).

Katherine McKittrick, “Mathematics Black Life,” The Black Scholar, 44:2 (Summer 2014): 16-28.

Di Minardi, A river used to run through it: how New Mexico handles a dwindling Rio Grande (The Guardian, 2021).

Molly Montgomery, The Future of Acequias: 'The Veins of Our Community' (Rio Grande Sun, 2019).

New Mexico Acequia Association, El Agua Es Vida – Suggested Reading on New Mexico’s Acequias, (2020).

Lorine Niedecker, Lake Superior (Wave Books, 2013).

Marcela Olivera, Water Beyond the State,” (Patterns of Commoning, n.d.).

NourbeSe Philip, Zong!, (Wesleyan University Press, 2008).

Maria Popova, “Brokenness as Belonging: “lake-loop” by Mojave American Poet Natalie Diaz, in a Stunning Animated Short Film by Artist Ohara Hale,” (Brain Pickings, 2020).

Denise Ferreira Da Silva, “On Difference Without Separability,” São Paulo Art Biennial, "Incerteza viva" (Living Uncertainty), 32a, (November 2016): 57-65.

Alice Oswald, Dart, (Faber & Faber, 2010).

Amia Srinivasan, “The Sucker, the Sucker!,” London Review of Books, 39:17 (7 September 2017).

Kai Minosh Pyle (writer)

Ariana Reines, A Sand Book, (Tin House, 2020).

Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke University Press, 2016).

Christina Sharpe, “The Weather,” (The New Inquiry, 2017).

Rivers Solomon, The Deep (Saga Press, 2019).

Michelle M. Wright, Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology, (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Video, Audio, Visual Art

Laura Aguilar (artist).

BBC Earth, Discovering Underwater Lake Ecosystems, (2018).

Carolina Caycedo, Land of Friends, Descolonizando La Jagua, (2014).

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Geographies of Racial Capitalism, prod. by Kenton Card and Tony Castle, (Antipode Foundation, 2020).

Readings by Lorna Goodison, “Deep Sea Diving,” hosted by Kamau Brathwaite, (Carribean Writers Summer Institute, 1992): 39:00.

Cannupa Hanksa Luger, We Live, edited by Dylan McLaughlin (Future Ancestral Technologies, 2019). 

Nico Page, Rivering Towards playlist, 2021.*

Nohemi Perez (artist).

Interview with Water, Alice Oswald, (TORCH: Professor of Poetry Lecture, 2020).

Mallika Singh, RIVERING playlist, 2020.

Anicka Yi on nonhuman ecologies and embodied machines, (e-flux, 2020).

*Note from Nico: "Despite the obviousness/literalness of most of the track choices lol, they were all intentional and the ordering is sort of meant to flow from desert spring to river to the sea."

Bodies of Water

Catatumbo River

Collect Pond

Mississippi River Meander Belt


Bathsheba Demuth, Do Whales Judge Us?, (Dal's College of Sustainability, 2020).

Sean D. Henry Smith & Imani Elizabeth Jackson, What Could I Have Said With a Mouthful of Salt, (Canopy Canopy Canopy, 2019).

Isabelle Saldana, By Water, By Land: Reading Packet.

Mallika Singh, waterways, are.na.

Brandon Shmioda, “from an ongoing transcript of what my daughter says on our walks,” (Twitter thread, 2020).


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