New York Public Library Talk: “Image Description and the Critical Blind Gaze” – In-Person on March 8

I’m thrilled to present “Image Description and the Critical Blind Gaze” at The New York Public Library (NYPL) in-person on March 8, 2pm! Free, but please register. About the Talk Author and scholar M. Leona Godin uses photographs in the Library’s collections to explore the strange relationship between sighted photographers and blind subjects. The photography division of The Miriam and… Read more

“Becoming Blind (as a Bat): A Scented Storytelling Journey at Olfactory Art Keller – Final Performance!

Final chance to experience “Becoming Blind (as a Bat)”! After two sold-out performances at @Olfactory_Art_Keller in January, I’m doing one last encore of this scented storytelling journey on Wednesday, February 21, 7pm. Tickets are going fast–hope to hear you there! BUY TICKETS * “Becoming Blind (as a Bat): A Scented Storytelling Journey” joins my worlds – writing, performance, smell (Aromatica… Read more

NYPL Works In Progress Talk with David Lowe, Photography Specialist

On October 19, 2023, I was honored to present my work-in-progress as a 2023-24 NYPL Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellow at the New York Public Library. Thanks to Deirdre Donohue and David Lowe for supporting this talk with their brilliance and kindness! The entire talk with ASL interpreters is below as a Vimeo link and my lecture notes follow.     Face of… Read more

Blind Delights 1: Inspiration/Thanks Ross Gay!

A bit late to the party, but I just finished reading Ross Gay’s 2019 essay collection, The Book of Delights. I’m inspired. Hence pilfering the concept with a twist: blind delights! Like him, I have many things to delight in. Also like him, the opposite. He is black. I am blind. We each have a mountain of stereotypes and oppression… Read more

Newsletter: Smells on Parade

The latest DR. M. Leona Godin’s Aromatica Poetica Newsletter includes A new poetry/prose series that articulates the joys and difficulties of putting language to smells, 2 new books, a cosmic smelling dog, anosmia revisited—with a twist, a NYPL Fellowship, oh, and, sometimes, SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK!     Dear Friends and family, Here in NYC, winter seems finally to be upon… Read more

SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK! * November 8 Solo Show * Image Backstory + Be My AI Description

SIGHTED PEOPLE SUCK! Is my new solo storytelling show. I’m thrilled that it will premiere on Wednesday, November 8, 7pm, in the Gotham Storytelling Fest! Here’s a link to in-person and virtual tickets. Below please find the show blurb, followed by the backstory of the show image (taken by Alabaster Rhumb on a gloomy day in the East Village), and… Read more