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Thursday, March 26 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Divination As Praxis

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A panel on the use of divinatory practices as related to writing and writing experiments. We will investigate traditional and non-traditional “divine” modes of communication and their impact on personal and political writing practices. Emerson Whitney will moderate a panel discussion between Schutzman, Kapil, and Saterstrom.  Mady Schutzman will discuss an array of practices that acknowledge the contract between the known and the unknown world, practices situated in radical doubt and that keep ambivalence (and creativity) healthy.  Bhanu Kapil’s practice is deeply rooted in personalized ritual and unbridled experimentation, for example: “bibliomancy — the art of divination in libraries — [has] always been an instinctive part of my life…” she said in a recent interview with Tinge Magazine. “I let my hand drift, palm down — to sense through the palm, as in palmistry — the way I learned it. An under-art. The sense that it is never the line that holds the news of a life, but what flows beneath and through it.” Saterstrom too engages what she calls “divinatory poetics,” or exercises into writing through tarot, channeling techniques, and hermeneutics. Finally, Whitney is a writer currently working on a project involving divining for strangers, embodying the fortune teller stereotype as a means to explore his ethnic gypsy (Romani) heritage, while also engaging the history of chance operations in art and writing, coincidence, correlation, and faith. 

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Emerson Whitney

Professor, Los Angeles City College
Emerson Whitney is a poet, writer, and journalist based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Ghost Box (Timeless Infinite Light, 2014) and his work has appeared in numerous publications including Jupiter 88, Troubling the Line: Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, Work Magazine... Read More →

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Selah Saterstrom

Selah Saterstrom is the author of The Meat and Spirit Plan and The Pink Institution (Coffee House Press),a debut novel praised across the country for “letting gusts of fresh, tart air blow into the old halls of Southern Gothic” (The Believer). Named a best book of the year... Read More →
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Mady Schutzman

Mady Schutzman is writer and theater artist.  She has published essays and creative non-fiction in several anthologies and journals including Black Clock, The Drama Review, Errant Bodies, and Theatre Topics.  She is author of The Real Thing: Hysteria, Performance, and Advertising... Read More →

Thursday March 26, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
Coffee House Theater

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