Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

What We’ll Do

Join mystic poet and performer Janaka Stucky in Chicago's historic Uptown neighborhood for an immersive performance to introduce his new book of poetry ASCEND ASCEND.

Written over the course of twenty days coming in and out of trance states while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Janaka’s new book ASCEND ASCEND is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature.  Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” this long poem documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine.

In partnership with Atlas Obscura and Third Man Books, two-time National Haiku Champion Janaka will be presenting his new work in its entirety on a 2019 tour to a series of stunning, viscerally appropriate venues in Washington D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Seattle.  

Tickets to each event will include a copy of the book, with an option available to acquire a deluxe, limited-edition only available on this Atlas Obscura tour.  

What Else You Should Know

There are two ticket prices for this event. Admission with the paperback edition (retail value of $17.95) is $30. Admission with the deluxe, limited edition (retail value of $45), only-for-Atlas Obscura edition is $50. 

Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

Questions? Email Leyla Royale at

Where We’ll Be

In Chicago, Janaka will be performing at Mason Hall, inside the beautiful Preston Bradley Center, part of the historic Peoples Church building that has been restored and maintained to create a welcoming space for cultural activities, spiritual growth, and civic engagement. 

Dates and Availability
Additional Information
Group Size

There are 150 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

The venue is ADA accessible and an elevator is available.

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