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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, Eastern Michigan University
Christine Hume is the author of three books, most recently Shot (Counterpath 2010), and three chapbooks, Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012), and Hum (Dikembe, 2013). A bilingual selected poems is coming out with Lux Books in Berlin, Germany in 2014.

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 intervention”) was self-produced and completed in mid-2008. Older books include Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School, 2005) and sKincerity... Read More →
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Miranda Mellis

Miranda Mellis is the author of Demystifications (forthcoming, Solid Objects 2016);  The Quarry(Trafficker Press, 2013);  The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012);  None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press, 2012);  Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009); and The Revisionist (Calamari Press, 2007). She has received an NEH and the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. In 2014 she was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the... Read More →
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Christina Milletti

Christina Milletti is an Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo where she curates the Exhibit X Fiction Series and helped to found their new MA in English/Innovative Writing program. Her fiction and articles have appeared in Harcourt's Best New American Voices, American Letters & Commentary, The Cincinnati Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Studies in the Novel, and Fiction’s Present: Situating Narrative... 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 of American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century series with Wesleyan University Press and The Racial Imaginary with Fence Books. A recipient of... Read More →


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