2019 - present

“Bred in programmed poetry, in this garden bot has bloomed into her own small world. Sit there, in the garden with her. She is asking it of you. She is keeping your royal seat warm.”


In this garden bot is a digital art installation begun in February 2019. playing off the independent clause “sit here in this garden with me,” in this garden bot goes on to generate her own worlds that bring an end to the sentence three times daily.

 

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KARA GOUGHNOUR IS THE SCENT OF BASIL AND LEMON THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW TINTED WITH YELLOW LINEN AND SUNLIGHT. they are THE BODILY WARMTH LEFT ON INANIMATE OBJECTS AFTER THEY’RE HANDED TO YOU, MAKING THEM SEEM TO HOLD THEIR OWN LIFE. they are the bloodied round on the head of the deer missing an antler, staring down at you through the green clouds of tree. they are A GREEN LEAF PLUCKED AND TUCKED BETWEEN POINTED TEETH. they are A SMILE SHINING LIKE A LONE GHOST IN THE DARK.

Kara Goughnour is a queer writer and documentarian living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They received their Bachelor’s Degree in Creative and Professional Writing from The University of Pittsburgh. They are the author of MIXED TAPES, A COLLECTION OF ERASURE POEMS FROM ALBUM LYRICS, AND Part of the Ghost City Press Summer 2019 Micro-Chap Series. They are the recipient of the 2018 Gerald Stern Poetry Award, and have work published or forthcoming in The Bitchin' Kitsch, Third Point Press, and over fifty others.

THEY ARE THE CREATOR OF IN THIS GARDEN BOT, a digital art installation begun in February 2019, AND ARE THE WRITER OF LET ME WRITE YOU THROUGH, A weekly series of written rebellions against the ticking fears in our hearts. ALONGSIDE THEIR PARTNER, JOHN P. MAURER, THEY ARE THE CO-CREATOR OF WRITE YOUR WRONGS, A YOUTUBE CHANNEL DEDICATED TO LITERATURE, RELEASING BOOKISH VIDEOS AND ORIGINAL POETRY READINGS WEEKLY.

for inquires, or to book readings, please email contact@karagoughnour.com.