Elliot Patterson

Elliot is a former farmer, unaccredited librarian, multi-farm CSA coordinator and programmer who was once struck by lightning on the second date of an otherwise unremarkable and ill-fated relationship. They survived an Appalachian mountain childhood through a steady diet of instructional nonfiction and speculative dystopian fiction, acquiring the skills and dreams necessary to cooperatively survive the coming apocalypse. They believe in the power of the written word to shape a better world, and Firestorm as a space in which community is an embodied practice. These days they're mostly reading about trauma recovery, anarchist theory, and plants.

Elliot's Picks

We have a display copy of this deck and I couldn't stop touching it. The magnetic closure of the lid, the gold-on-black designs, are very satisfying. The guidebook describes the artist's orientation to Tarot without the "mysterious-guidance-from-the-universe" woo that I expect from Tarot, instead leaning into the usefulness of universal archetypes as tools for narrative introspection.

These cards are designed in the Rider-Smith-Waite tradition, modernized. Gentle ink and watercolor illustrations feature queer & diverse characters inhabiting evocative landscapes. The visual experience is compelling and familiar, if a bit twee. This is the perfect gift for the sarcastic punk in your life whose spiky exterior belies a gooey inside in need of a little magic.

Grounded in somatic theory (the body is inseperable from the self and reflects the beliefs & behavior patterns of the individual's lived experience and social context) as a framework for understanding social change, this book proposes community change as an embodied process which follows the same stages as embodied individual change. This is a deep dive, and I recommend it for anyone interested in social justice, community organizing, healing & recovery.

This concise guide draws from the author's decades of experience facilitating the inclusion of marginalized people in public spaces. Rather than only proposing structural policies, she details DIY strategies to prevent and shut down harassment. In the post-#MeToo era, we're all responsible for doing what we can to participate in the creation of safer, inclusive communities, whether we're attendees, organizers, or bystanders; and this text will show you how.

Walkaway describes the post-capitalist future of our dreams, and lays a path for the appropriate use of technological innovations to facilitate equitable lives and communities. If you're a programmer, you'll be delighted by the inside jokes: if you're not, read it anyway to join in the collective imagining of a better world. Doctorow fiercely believes in the beauty that is possible within decay, in the love that is fully felt when letting go. As we consider the shapes of our lives in the coming years and decades, with environmental and social collapse bearing down upon us all, it's essential that we temper our despair with artful visions; especially the ones, like Walkaway, that explore the cultural and moral changes necessary to our survival.

This concise and accessible zine is critical of responses to rape, sexual assault and intimate partner violence from the criminal justice system. In discussion of alternatives, it describes in the foundations of Transformative Justice as it applies to these violations, and gives the same care and attention to theory and practices of survivor-led direct action. Although written for anarchist communities, this is essential reading for anyone interested in community accountability.