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&Now 2015: Blast Radius has ended
Thursday, March 26 • 10:00am - 11:15am
(Re)Figuring Voice: A Talk, a Screening, a Performance, and Two Readings

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 As a standard metaphor to describe writing, “voice” often overlooks its 
corporeal dimensions at the same time it over-privileges sincerity and authenticity. Yet the voice—disembodied, ventriloquized, multiple, natural, denatured, captive, reproduced, silenced, uncontrollable, queer, nonsynchronous, post-wounded, vulnerable, racialized, post-racial, radicalized, exploitive, authoritative—is as physical and literal as a face. It is both a construct and invariably exists in excess of its own construction. How do writers make use of other disciplinary concepts of voice? How do writers pressure the voice: affect as manifested between the biological and the social, between the personal and political, between language and nonlanguage? This panel seeks to investigate voice in relation to figuration in the work of Laura Elrick, Miranda Mellis, Christina Milletti, and Claudia Rankine.

Moderators
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Christine Hume

Professor of English, Eastern Michigan University
Christine Hume is the author of a lyric memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2019), as well as three books of poetry. Her chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse); Ventifacts (Omnidawn... Read More →

Speakers
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Laura Elrick

Laura Elrick’s recent projects include a book of poetry, Propagation (Kenning Editions, 2012), and Blocks Away, a psychogeography of Lower Manhattan (exhibited at the Skybridge Art & Sound Space in 2010). Her video/poem Stalk (“part dystopian urban cartography, part spatial-poetic... Read More →
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Christine Hume

Professor of English, Eastern Michigan University
Christine Hume is the author of a lyric memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2019), as well as three books of poetry. Her chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse); Ventifacts (Omnidawn... Read More →
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Miranda Mellis

Miranda Mellis is the author of a book of aphorisms and anecdotes called Demystifications (forthcoming), and several books of fiction: The Spokes, None of This Is Real, and The Revisionist. She is a co-author of The Instead, a book length dialogue with Emily Abendroth. She co-edited... Read More →
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Christina Milletti

Christina Milletti’s novel Choke Box: a Fem-Noir won the Juniper Prize for Fiction and was published by University of Massachusetts Press in March 2019. Her first book, The Religious & Other Fiction (a collection of stories) was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press, and... Read More →
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Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen & Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and the plays, Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn). Rankine is co-editor... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
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