Kirk Everist

Kirk Andrew Everist has sometimes described himself as a Fallen Radical Anarchist Gnostic Lutheran (FRAGL) but more often and more recently as a prophet of the Church of Improv, in which he has served as a coach and performer for over twenty years. Dr. Everist holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, and was recently tenured at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he directs and teaches theatre studies. He has presented at Starwood before on polyamory, theatre, improvisation, and Pagan-Christian dialogue.

More than Lovers: The Polyamory Paradigm

Polyamory can describe more than a lifestyle with multiple sexual partners, or a system for 21st century relationships. As a way of looking at the world, it also provides tools for building and maintaining multiple commitments. Careers, children, family, on-line life, close friendships, sexual intimacy - all involve negotiations for time and energy, particularly with primary partners. How can polyamory as a world view provide language and models for navigating difficult transitions, shifting goals, and competing needs? This presentation and discussion of polyamory as a paradigm explores not only lovers, but the other beloved flowers in the bouquet.

Polyamory and the Politics of Marriage and Parenthood

Poly people have explored and invented imaginative new configurations for families embracing multiple generations as well as multiple intimacies. What role does marriage play in polyamorous life? Can a married couple be polyamorous in theory but not in practice? A recent Federal Court ruling declared that "marriage" is a word with specific and special significance that cannot be denied to same-sex couples. What about family groups? What role does polyamory play in the ongoing renegotiation of the meaning of the word "marriage"? Can staying in the background help the cause of same-sex marriages? If same-sex couples win the right to marry in the U.S., will legal recognition for polyamory become possible, or will it have to wait? This workshop is not for providing legal advice, but to discuss how polyamorous communities relate to the concept of marriage, and consider what kinds of political action and imagination might be available for polyamorous people.

















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