Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance

What We’ll Do

Join mystic poet and performer Janaka Stucky for an immersive, multidisciplinary performance involving light, scent, and sound 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, Seattle, and Chicago.

What Else You Should Know

There are two ticket prices for this event. Admission with the paperback edition (retail value of $17.95) is $35. Admission with the deluxe, limited edition (retail value of $45), only-for-Atlas Obscura edition is $55. 

Questions? Email Ryan Susurrus at

Where We’ll Be

In Philadelphia, Janaka will be performing at The Convent, a secret gallery of odds and ends. 

Dates and Availability
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Group Size

There are 40 spots available on this experience.

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