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THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

VERY EXCITING: the third Occult Humanities Conference at NYU will be taking place on October 13-15, 2017.



It is once again co-organized by Jesse Bransford and myself, and this year is shaping up to be the most magical yet. Full details are here, with even more to come. Tickets for the weekend are available here, so do be sure to get yours soon, as they will sell fast.
 

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APPEARANCES & APPARITIONS


On Friday, September 1 at 7pm, I’ll be participating in the “Witch as Muse” panel discussion at the Seligmann Center in Sugarloaf, NY, alongside Sarah Potter, Kristen Sollée, and Cody Rounds. This is in conjunction with the “Season of the Witch” exhibition up now, which will be on view that evening. More info here.

On Thursday, October 5th at 6pm (New Zealand time), I’ll be participating remotely in “Night of the Witch” at City Gallery Wellington in honor of their “Occulture: The Dark Arts” exhibition. I’m going to be doing an illustrated reading of “What Is A Witch” and then a conversation and Q&A about art and witchcraft. More info here.

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SPELLCASTS FOR PODCASTS

I was honored to be a featured guest on the fabulist, feminist Stories of Strange Woman podcast. I had so much fun with this conversation, and it is quite extensive thanks to the great questions from twin hosts Tracy Hurley Martin and Tonya Hurley. Listen to the episode here.

And I’m grateful to The Wytch Files for doing an entire episode on “What Is A Witch,” complete with a stellar review and some annotations and other additional research. Listen to it here.

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BOOK, BOOK, AND CANDLE



I wrote the forward to “Literary Witches” by Taisia Kitaiskaia with illustrations by Katy Horan. It’s out on October 10th, but you can pre-order this gorgeous book here.

And I’m thrilled to be featured in Kristen Sollée’s “Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive,” available now.

(OK, no actual candle news to speak of, but do be sure to check out my friends Mithras Candle online or in person at the Occult Humanities Conference if you’re in need of further illumination!)

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SHE’S SUCH A SHAMELESS WITCH

Lastly, a reminder that “What Is A Witch,” by me and Tin Can Forest is available for purchase here, and in many fine shops across the globe.

And my WitchEmoji sticker app for iPhone messaging is available here to charm your mobile coven.

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Thank you for your continued support of my wyrd work. It truly means the world.

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Wonder Woman

Hello, I saw Wonder Woman, and I had some feelings about it.

Tonight: Digital Witchcraft Panel at The Alchemist’s Kitchen

Very excited to be participating in this panel on Digital Witchcraft at The Alchemist’s Kitchen. It starts at 7:30pm, and tickets are available online or at the door. More details:

Join OcCulture Talks this month as we bring witches of Web 2.0 into the physical space to talk witchcraft, social media and community building.

We’ll be chatting with women across the community about how they connect, leverage the digital space, and launch web-based businesses that deal in the occult.

Joining us are:
Pam Grossman – the force behind Phantasmaphile and What is a Witch, who recently released the best selling WitchEmoji pack

Lindsay Mack – Tarot reader of Wild Soul Healing and tarot instructor know for her focus on healing through tarot

Jeanna Kadlec – astrologer and tarot reader with a focus on working with businesses.

We’ll hold a roundtable discussion with these powerful women, and open our conversation to a Q&A afterward.

Join us for a slice of digital craft IRL!

$15 advance
$20 at the door

 

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Happy Walpurgisnacht!

Edward Gorey “Dancing on the Sabbath”

My 10 Ways to Celebrate Witches’ Night This Weekend is up on Medium now.

WitchEmoji is #1!

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WHOA!  WitchEmoji is the #1 sticker pack in the App Store!  Thank you so much to those who have downloaded it – I’m so grateful for the support.

A couple quick reminders:

  1. If you’re not familiar with stickers or are having trouble finding it in your phone, installation instructions can be found in the FAQ section of witchemoji.com
  2. If you downloaded it and you dig it, would you please leave a review in the App Store?  It really, really helps.
  3. And would you kindly also spread the word?  If WitchEmoji’s momentum keeps up, it will mean I can add more stickers and expand to other platforms (e.g. Android) down the road.

Big BIG thanks again for the WitchEmoji love!  I hope it brings you lots of good magick.

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Introducing WitchEmoji!

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I’m over the moon to announce that my WitchEmoji are now available in the App Store!

WitchEmoji is an iMessage sticker pack for all of your witchy needs.  It contains images of witches, spell craft objects, familiars, and magic symbols in a variety of skin tones and colors.  Use it to make your texts more magical!

WitchEmoji was created out of my desire to have delightful witchy/Wiccan/Pagan images to use in iMessage.  I couldn’t find any I was satisfied with, so I decided to make some myself (with the help of one amazing emoji designer).  There are 80 stickers in this pack, so plenty to choose from.  You can see more samples of what’s included here.  I hope you love them as much as I do.

Read more about WitchEmoji here!

Like WitchEmoji on Facebook here!

Download WitchEmoji here!

And if you dig it, please give it some nice, shiny ratings in the App Store, then kindly help spread the word.

Thank you and BEST WITCHES!

April Magix

I’ve got two appearances coming up, and would love to see you at either or both.

One of my favorite annual happenings is MoCCA Arts Fest, NYC’s biggest indie comics celebration. Thrilled to be appearing there this weekend on behalf of Tin Can Forest. I’ll be happy to sign copies of What Is A Witch for you. Come visit at table D 152!

MoCCA Arts Fest

The MoCCA Arts Festival will take place April 1 – 2nd from 11:00am – 6:00pm at the luxurious and modern Metropolitan West located on West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. Mere steps from the Hudson River Greenway and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, MoCCA’s host venue will encompass two floors of exhibitor tables, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and pop-up cafés throughout the space.

Price of admission is $5 per day and will grant attendees access to the Fest including the Exhibitors Hall, on-site Gallery space, and programming. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Children under ten are free.

More info here
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Next up is a 20 minute or so version of my “Witch Pictures” presentation which I’ll be giving at SEPTEMBER Gallery’s glorious-looking WITCHES show in Hudson, NY. It will be part of an evening of performance taking place on Saturday, April 22nd at 6pm.
Rosy Keyser “Terrestrial Mime”
WITCHES
March 18, 2017 → May 07, 2017
Performances Saturday, April 22, 6pm

Marianne Vitale

Exhibition essay by Susan L. Aberth

SEPTEMBER Gallery
449 Warren Street #3, Hudson, NY 12534
Open FridaySaturday, Noon-6pm, or by appointment

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In other news, volume 3 of the beauteous Sabat magazine is out now, and my “Crowning the Crone” essay is included in it.

You can order your copy here, or pick one up at these fine purveyors.

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Lastly, was honored to be profiled in Haute Macabre this month, and included in this article about witchcraft and beauty for Teen Vogue. Feminist witching FTW!

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“Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult” festival at The Brattle this weekend!

I am *thrilled* to announce “Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult,” a film festival I co-curated with magickally-minded writers, Peter Bebergal & Janaka Stucky, happening at Boston’s premiere art house cinema, The Brattle.  It starts this Friday and goes through Feb 2nd, and will feature some of my all-time favorite witchly movies.

Still from “The Love Witch” (2016)

I’ll be there in person this weekend as part of 2 events (and lingering to watch some films, too):

This Friday, Jan 27th at 7pm: A Cinema of the Occult panel with Peter and Janaka to kick off the festival

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This Saturday, Jan 28th at 7pm: My presentation, “What Is A Witch: Female Magic and Transgression in Pictures

Details about the festival and events:

Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult, Friday, January 27 – Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Brattle is excited to team-up with three noted authors to co-curate this series of magical movies: Peter Bebergal, Pam Grossman, and Janaka Stucky. Each will contribute their own introductions and illuminations for films during the series and we kick off the program with a panel featuring a conversation between the three on Friday, Jan 27. This series explores images of the occult in cinema – mostly dealing with the Western traditions of witchcraft and ritual magic – from 1950s (NIGHT OF THE DEMON, BELL BOOK & CANDLE) to today (THE WITCH, THE LOVE WITCH).  A full listing of all of the films can be found here.

Peter Bebergal is the author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll and the forthcoming Strange Frequencies.

Pam Grossman is an independent curator, writer, and teacher of magical practice and history. She is the creator of Phantasmaphile.com and the author of the illuminated manifesto, What Is A Witch.

Janaka Stucky is an American poet, performer, and publisher. He is the founding editor of the independent publisher Black Ocean and the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect.

Tickets for all events and films available here.

And here are some nice write-ups about it all in the Boston Globe and on The Arts Fuse.

Do join us!

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Autumn Happenings

A few quick updates for you all, in celebration of Samhain season:

TONIGHT is Ghostly Intimations, an evening of spooky lectures at Staten Island’s Fort Tompkins, co-sponsored by the Alice Austen House and the Morbid Anatomy Museum, and happening TONIGHT, Saturday the 29th.  I’ll be giving an abridged version of my “Witch Pictures: Female Magic and Transgression” presentation.  Other speakers include Harold Schechter, Corinne May Botz, and Ronni Thomas, and there will be a cocktail party at the Alice Austen House afterwards.  Your favorite psychic phenomena photographer and mine, Shannon Taggart, has pulled this all together, so it’s going to be an excellent evening no doubt!

Alice Austen dressed as a witch, courtesy of Alice Austen House
Details:

Ghostly Intimations
Date: Saturday, October 29th
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Admission: $15-$35
Location: ***Offsite – Fort Wadsworth, 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.

Tickets Here!

Get spooked at Fort Tompkins! Join us for an evening of presentations exploring the fringes of photography, Victorian art, and occult phenomena. Co-presented by the Alice Austen House and Morbid Anatomy Museum, hosted by National Park Service inside a nineteenth century fort! Meet at Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center (210 New York Avenue, Staten Island). Bring your own flashlight! Cocktail party at Alice Austen House to follow at 10pm. Tickets required and must be purchased in advance.

Author Harold Schechter will discuss the art of writing about serial killers and the chilling true-account of Belle Gunness, the Lady Bluebeard, and the dark tourism around her crimes.
Photographer Corinne May Botz will discuss her book “The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” an exploration of  miniature crime scene models that were built in the 1940’s and 50’s by criminologist Frances Glessner Lee (1878 – 1962). The models, based on actual homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths, were created to train detectives to assess visual evidence.

Pam Grossman, Getty Images’ Director of Visual Trends and co-organizer of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU, will present a lecture on “Witch Pictures: Female Magic and Transgressions in Western Art”.

Ronni Thomas, the Morbid Anatomy Filmmaker-in-Residence, discusses mad science, mysticism, romance, and necrophilia within the macabre true story behind his feature film: “No Place for The Living: The Strange Tale of Carl von Cosel”, complete with a chilling score composed by theremin expert Paul Bergel.

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Next up is the Comic Arts Brooklyn festival happening on Saturday, November 5th.  I’ll be at the Tin Can Forest table, helping sling books and prints and signing copies of our illuminated incantation, “What Is A Witch.”  The festival is at Mt. Carmel Gymnasium, 12 Havemeyer St. in Williamsburg from 11am to 7pm.  It features 100+ exhibitors, and best of all, it is FREE, so do come along and say howdy.

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Yesterday, I was on HuffPost Live, talking about witches and doing a reading from the comic book.  I had a an absolute ball doing it.  You can watch the segment here.

I was also featured in this Toronto Star article about the rise of witchcraft.

And I was over the moon when I first read this wonderfully kind review  of “What Is A Witch” on The Beat.

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Lastly, if you haven’t procured your copy of “What Is A Witch” yet (or fancy another), you can order directly from Tin Can Forest Press, or pick it up in person at one of these fine establishments:

NYC: 
Catland Books
Desert Island
Bluestockings
The Alchemist’s Kitchen

Portland, OR:

Reading Frenzy

Toronto:

The Beguiling

London
Treadwell’s Books

NIGHT FLIGHT: “What Is A Witch” book party at Catland on June 10th!

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As promised for you Brooklynites and Brooklyn-adjacents, here’s more information about the event we’re having at Catland in Bushwick on June 10th to celebrate the release of What Is A Witch, the comic book / illuminated manifesto I’ve written in collaboration with luminous illustrators, Tin Can Forest.  It’s being produced and hosted by spectacle mongers, Atlas Obscura, and they have pulled out all the stops.

The soiree will feature:

* Witchly dances by the marvelously mythic Desert Sin!

* Otherworldly music by harpist chanteuse, Ellena Phillips!

* Alcoholic potions by Ravenous Craft!

* Tarot & palmistry sessions by Catland’s seers!

* A special illustrated reading of “What Is A Witch” by yours truly!

And more!

It’s going to be an exquisite evening, and I’m truly honored to have the book feted in such a magickal manner.  Here are all of the juicy details.  I hope you’ll join me:

Night Flight!  What Is A Witch book party with Pam Grossman
Hosted by Atlas Obscura & Catland
Friday, June 10th, 7:30pm
Catland, 987 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (Map)
$28 tix available here (or $45 tix include a signed, discounted copy of the book – $20 value)

Join the New York Obscura Society and Catland Books in an immersive celebration of What Is A Witch by the inimitable writer, curator, and Phantasmaphile creator Pam Grossman and occult illustrators Tin Can Forest. This most unusual comic book is a lyrical reflection of the witch and her many guises. A visual spell, its dazzlingly gorgeous images combine with powerful wit and wisdom to create an illuminated manuscript that explores the many layers of the ultimate icon of feminine power. We celebrate the book with a wild and wondrous evening, full of music, performance, and magick.

This evening is specially designed to transport you through a world of enchantment. Be charmed by the mesmerizing dances of Desert Sin Dance Theater Co. and hypnotized by the siren songs of harpist and chantress Ellena Phillips… Imbibe the power of plants with foraged cocktail potions by Ravenous Craft… Dive deep into the divinatory powers of the occult with readings by Catland’s own Tarot and Palm readers… and journey through the world of the witch with a reading and conversation with Pam Grossman.
This event is an essential magical experience for the curious, the mystically-inclined, and the most wild of wonder-seekers. Come, celebrate, and be charmed!
Pam Grossman is a writer, curator, and teacher of magical practice and history.  She is the creator of Phantasmaphile, a blog that specializes in esoteric and fantastical art.  Her writing has appeared in Abraxas Journal, Sciences Occultes, Sabat, Huffington Post, MSN, Film Comment, and elsewhere.  Pam’s group art shows and projects have been featured by such outlets as Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Art in America.  She is Associate Editor of Fulgur Esoterica and the co-organizer of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU.  She lives in Brooklyn with her fellow and their two feline familiars.
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I’m looking forward to celebrating with you in my hometown.  Be sure to get your tickets here.

And there will be more events in NYC and beyond coming soon, so watch this space!

Lastly, for those of you who have pre-ordered What Is A Witch already – THANK YOU for your support!  Books (and prints if you were lucky enough to snag some) will be shipping out in mid-June.  I hope you love it as much as I loved conjuring it.