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Thursday, March 26 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Feminist Poetics & The Internet

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Type of event: a (performative) presentation & roundtable conversation with simultaneous anti-‐‐surveillance hair & makeup party demo 

Description: Situated somewhere between hands and screen, image and commerce, agency and narcissism, the body and its representation, six poets take up the tangled questions that surround feminist poetics and interventions online. Their diverse web-‐‐based projects address the politics of touch/gesture as we move to mobile platforms, the freedom and limits of "selfie poetics" as women commandeer the gaze and create social personae, cyborg feminism, the re-‐‐purposing of devalued feminine materials, passive aggressive performance, and ambivalent refusal of recognition. What are the possibilities and limits of FemTechNet, Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants, or the Anti-‐‐Surveillance Feminist Poet Hair & Makeup Party? How does speed and ephemerality—or a small sub-‐‐cultural poetry audience—shape these projects? Who are they for? What are the intersections of internet-‐‐based creative practices and identity writing [by women] [of color]? Where does the internet extend into the life of local communities when sexual violence is named there? As a tool for art making, consciousness raising, and social organizing, how are we using the internet now, and what else might be possible? What new forms of identity politics and gender performance are emerging in digital poetics projects? What forms of women's innovative digital writing have we already lost? How are women redefining poiesis for a virtual age?   

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Kate Durbin

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. Her books include E! Enter-tainment, Abra, and The Ravenous Audience. She is founding editor of Gaga Stig-mata. Her most recent performance, Hello Selfie, took place in Union Square, fol-lowed with an exhibition at Transfer Gallery. She has performed at MOCA and The Hammer Museum, and she is the recipient of an NEA grant.
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Becca Klaver

PhD student, English, Rutgers University
Becca Klaver is a PhD student in English at Rutgers University, where she is writing a dissertation on experimental women's poetry, feminism, and the everyday. She is the author of the poetry collection LA Liminal (Kore, 2010), and several chapbooks, including Nonstop Pop (Bloof, 2013) and Merrily, Merrily (Lame House, 2013). She was a founding editor of the feminist poetry press Switchback Books and is a member of the outreach committee for... Read More →

Monica McClure

Monica McClure’s debut poetry collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC in 2015. She is the author of the chapbooks, Mood Swing, from Snacks Press and Mala, published by Poor Claudia. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Jubilat, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork, Intercourse, CultureStrike and elsewhere. She co-‐‐curates... Read More →
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Stephanie Strickland

Director, ELO
Stephanie Strickland’s 7th book of poems, Dragon Logic, was published by Ahsahta (2013). Her 8th, V : WaveTercets / Losing L’una, published by SpringGun (2014), is accompanied by the freely downloadable Vniverse app for iPad created with Ian Hatcher. She has collaborated on ten born-digital poems, most recently Sea and Spar Between and Duels— Duets with Nick Montfort and House of Trust with Ian Hatcher. She is a member of the... Read More →

Jennifer Tamayo

Jennifer BARRRRFFFF Tamayo is a New York-based performer, writer, and activist. JT is the author of three collections of art and writing, including her latest book YOU DA ONE (Coconut Books). Her work has most recently appeared in Poetry, Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath), and is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2014 (Omnidawn). JT lives in Brooklyn and since 2010 has served as the... Read More →
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Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young lives in Oakland, California. Her collections of poetry include Telling the Future Off (2005), Picture Palace (2008), and Ursula or University (2013). She edited the anthology Bay Poetics (2006) and is a founding editor of the online anthology/“museum” of Oakland, Deep Oakland. Young and poet Juliana Spahr coedited the book A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of... Read More →

Thursday March 26, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm

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