&Now 2015: Blast Radius has ended
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Friday, March 27 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
And Those That Don't Survive?

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Can we migrate from our fates? As descendants of liminal communities, we practice diasporic poetics. Can such improvised, junked and scrapped histories be archived? Using these questions as prism and seed, our collaboration will be informed by our creative and scholarly pursuits. It will traverse multiple threads, such as transgenerational trauma, fragmented historical narratives as well as notions of exile, ghosts and monstrosity. We plan to amass, dismantle and disperse scraps of our (un)recorded histories in the cities (neighborhoods, seas, streets) we inhabit, and in the various cities and non-cities invoked as memories, monsters or ghosts. Additionally, we will consider relevant historical texts as well as other re-presentations of historical events, including absent, unwritten, overheard narratives and (ir)retrievable re-collections. Our project will be comprised of a multi-media installation and culminate in a collaborative performance. As a part of the &Now conference, we will choreograph part choral intervention, part carefully calibrated improvisation with a focus on collecting histories with whoever is in the room, (however temporarily) in exile from their lives. It is our intention to engage the audience in a structured improvisational score in order to create a communal text, illuminating refractions and investigating mutuality within the collaborative process.

With  Ching-In Chen, Soham Patel, and Carina Gia Farrero

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Ching-In Chen

University of Washington Bothell
Descended from ocean dwellers, Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American writer, community organizer and teacher. They are author of The Heart's Traffic: a novel in poems (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2018 Lambda Literary Award... Read More →

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Carina Gia Farrero

Carina Gia Farrero, writer and interdisciplinary performer,  is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast, Arsenic Lobster, The Encyclopedia Project and... Read More →

Soham Patel

Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow, assistant editor at both Fence and The Georgia Review and the author of recent poetry collections from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, oxeye, The Accomplices, and Subito Press.

Friday March 27, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT

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