(of one or more things) available as another possibility. or not.
The alternative to what has been is better and brighter and real. We known this, because of where we have been, where our ancestors have been, and where we know we will go. There is no alternative, but one that is inclusive of all of us. Poetry has drawn the map.
an area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture, typically bounded by hedges or fences.
or, the alternative: no boundaries or fences, no crops, only green pastures, gardens, and plains to become proof of our potential. we know these fields, their seeds carry witness and they carry the other side of the storm.
"to the Elysian plain there falls not rain, nor hail, nor snow, but Oceanus breathes ever with a West wind that sings softly from the sea, and gives fresh life to all..."
— Homer, Odyssey
Alternative Field was founded in 2019 as a space to share books, ideas, conversation, dialogue, resources, and good juju, in the name of poetry.
Jessica Ceballos y Campbell (she/her/they/them) was two years old when she moved to Highland Park from 90032 in 1979. She was then mostly raised in Glassell Park, beginning in 1986. Raised in a creative, artistic, bilingual, immigrant household, she was always inspired by Highland Park's rich artistic and literary past. And moving forward to its disappearing present, Highland Park has shifted to something unfamiliar where art has become disassociated with its environment, and its new ways of marginalization and inaccessibility have been co-opted by real estate speculation and profit. She develops programming to bring people in the community together for a common cause, and she uses poetry as the medium that re-associates and binds because it's what pulled her from trauma and confusion caused by violence, abuse, and the foster system. Poetry was the clarity for her and has created access to so much. It has done the same for others and can continue to do the same for more people.
Alternative Field was created as an office to work in, and as a reading room to share with folks who might just want to get away to read, to write, to share poetry and resources.
Accessibility Statement: Alternative Field and Party | Art | Community are accessible by wheelchair from the large double-door front entrance. The gender-neutral bathroom is also accessible, but we are working on getting a full size mirror. Sound in the space has some echoing. There is a small parking lot next door that is suitable for accessible vehicles, but please read the parking signs. There is also a loading curb in front of the store that can be used as accessible parking after 6pm. The space is smoke free and mostly scent free except the occasions when workshops use essential oils.
Parking: Parking is very limited. There is street parking along York and along Avenue 57. There is also a loading curb in front of the store that can be used as parking after 6pm.
We have immediate access to bus line 81, we're a bike ride away from the Highland Park Metro station, and we do have a bike post in front of the storefront.