Stephen wrote something, a clutch of dispatches from the frontier of his memory, a plea for awakening, for authentic recall. It's called 'A Generation's Worth: Spirit work while the crisis reigns'. Part recitation, part memoir, part transcription of a libretto of lament, it's written on account of the plague, that disheveled revealer that came among us.
He aimed for brevity this time. Severity might have come in its place. He wondered - he still wonders - whether the work he's taken up is useful in a time of plague. So he held himself to the standard of utility. He dated the entries: notes preparing for the call, the session itself, and its aftermath. Times four.
All of it occurred between the end of January and the end of March, 2021. Unwilling to be among the beauty bereft this time, unwilling to have this sentry unadorned in a time of trouble, he wanted the book to have a physical heft and grain unknown to its precursors.
A Generation's Worth is hardcovered, and it is illustrated: five grabado scenes illuminate the account. The artist and author went further: they made a hundred packets of hand pulled prints on handmade paper from the original plates at a printshop in Oaxaca in May, numbered and signed them. Then they destroyed the plates. They're already a memory.
About Stephen Jenkinson:
Stephen Jenkinson, Culture activist, worker, author ~ Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, co-founded the school with his wife Nathalie Roy in 2010, convening semi-annually in Deacon, Ontario, and in northern Europe.
He has Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work).
Apprenticed to a master storyteller when a young man, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school.
He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture.
Since co-founding the Nights of Grief and Mystery project with singer/ songwriter Gregory Hoskins in 2015, he has toured this musical/ tent show revival/ storytelling/ ceremony of a show across North America, U.K. and Europe and Australia and New Zealand. They released their Nights of Grief & Mystery album in 2017 and at the end of 2020, they released two new records; Dark Roads and Rough Gods.
He is the author of Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble (2018), the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (2015), Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions (a live teaching from 2013), How it All Could Be: A workbook for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – (a live teaching from 2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002). He was a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007).
Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada, 2008, dir. Tim Wilson), a portrait of his work with dying people, and Lost Nation Road, a shorter documentary on the crafting of the Nights of Grief and Mystery tours (2019, dir. Ian Mackenzie). His books, recordings and DVDs are available for purchase at the Orphan Wisdom Shop.
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