She Speaks Tongues is a collection of the rising voices of five women, from silence (her image,) to gesture, to word. Each section starts with a woman's portrait and follows with her unique rising voice in asemic writing, and to word through poem. Asemic writing inhabits an essential space of expression, depicting what is not yet fully denotational. It embraces the mystery between silence, what is yet to be spoken, and the semantics of known language. What is represented are the feelings or ideas that the word, or markings, suggests, to the speaker, and to the viewer.
Karla Van Vliet is the author of From the Book of Remembrance and The River From My Mouth, collections of poetry and paintings, Fluency: A Collection of Asemic Writings, published by Shanti Arts, and a poem length chapbook, Fragments: From the Lost Book of the Bird Spirit, published by Folded Word.///Her poems have appeared in Acumen, Poet Lore, The Tishman Review, Green Mountains Review, Crannog Magazine, and many others. She is an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize finalist, and a three-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee.
Her paintings have been featured inWomen Asemic Writers, UTSANGA.IT, Still Point Art Quarterly, Stone Voices Magazine, Champlain's Lake Rediscovered, and Gate Posts with No Gate: The Leg Paint Project. She is a member of WAAVe Global (Women Asemic Artists & Visual Poets) and Asemic Writing: The New Post-Literate.
She is a co-founder and editor of deLuge Journal, an Integrative Dreamwork analyst, artist, and administrator of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College. She lives in Vermont, USA.
"She Speaks Tongues hints of new language—not one of primal screams but whispers. It begs us, for this one moment, to simply be — speechless…aware." - Taylor Collins