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Wednesday, March 25
 

6:00pm

Opening Reception
Wednesday March 25, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Gallery

8:00pm

Rules of the Cosmos
All festival participants + the general public are invited to improvise in a live space and time together.

Performance instructions:  
1. During Rules of the Cosmos, you are a performer and audience member simultaneously.  Everyone is a celestial body in this universe. 

2. In preparation, bring writing about the cosmos and additional themes. This can be any combination of your own work, work by others, found texts, and imaginary languages.
 
3. You are encouraged to make active decisions to shape the event: decide when to read your writing and how to read together with other performers.
 
4. A curator announces the beginning and end of the 1-hour performance.
 
5. Performers walk around the space reading aloud, sometimes standing still and sometimes being silent.
  
6. At some point, performers exchange writing with each other and then read their new texts aloud.
 
7. At some point, performers form into small clusters like a nebula of stars and share a choral moment through repetition, chant, or movement.

Please rvsp at the Rules of the Cosmos Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/390432157802969/

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Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading} is curated by Laura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin in Chicago, IL.  Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers.  Founded in 2005, the over eighty events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds. 

Speakers
avatar for Laura Goldstein

Laura Goldstein

Laura Goldstein has published poetry and essays in the West Wind Review, Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Tenderloin, How2 and Jacket2 as well as six chapbooks. Her first collection of poetry, loaded arc was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013, and her second book, awesome camera, was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She teaches Writing and Literature at Loyola... Read More →
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Jennifer Karmin

Utopographer
Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary projects have been presented across the U.S., Cuba, Japan, Kenya, and Europe. Venues for these pieces include: the Poetry Project, the Walker Art Center, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Woodland Pattern Book Center. A founding curator of the Red Rover Series, she is author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice. Her poetry is widely published, most recently in I’ll Drown My Book... Read More →


Wednesday March 25, 2015 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Main Gallery
 
Thursday, March 26
 

10:00am

(Re)Figuring Voice: A Talk, a Screening, a Performance, and Two Readings
 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
avatar for Christine Hume

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
avatar for Laura Elrick

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 →
avatar for Miranda Mellis

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
Mod Theater

10:00am

Blast Radius Book Fair!
It's a book fair!

Moderators
Thursday March 26, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Langley

11:30am

Bad Boundaries
"Bad boundaries”: they’re symptomatic of immaturity, personality disorder, neediness, and/or lesbianism. While certain kinds of boundary-crossing (i.e., the blurring of gender binaries, the hybridizing of genre categories) are celebrated in queer and innovative art and writing circles, it seems even--maybe especially--those of us most invested in these kinds of boundary refusals are at the same time concerned with maintaining healthy relationship boundaries and solid ethics on issues of privacy and consent. The writers and artists on this panel steal and collage, breach and blur, queer. We also, though, have suspect ethics: we divulge secrets from others’ private lives, forge inappropriate  intimacies, and force audiences to be complicit in our messy feelings. But inherent in our bad boundaries, we hope, is potential for collaboration and connection, for a devaluation of the discrete subject and an embrace of overlap, multiplicity, and exchange. 

Five signs that you might have bad boundaries: 
1. You, like Dodie Bellamy, find yourself adopting the/an unlocatable first person voice. 
2. You, like Stephen van Dyck, swap tales of financial and emotional woe with customer service agents over the phone and secretly air them on the radio. 
3. You, like Sam Cohen, hate the idea of survival of the fittest enough to form a collaborative, interspecies theory of evolution. 
4. You, like Megan Milks, itch for a parasitic aesthetics with political and erotic potential. 
5. You, like Matias Viegener, obsess over the encroaching drone invasion, but secretly long to be one.

Moderators
avatar for Megan Milks

Megan Milks

Megan Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories (Emergency Press, 2014) and the chapbook Twins (Birds of Lace, 2012), which enlists the Sweet Valley Twins in a choose your own adventure. Her fiction has been published in three volumes of innovative writing as well as many journals. She is co-editor of the volume Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014) and editor of The &NOW Awards 3: The Best... Read More →

Speakers
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Sam Cohen

Sam Cohen's fiction has appeared in Black Clock, Joyland, PANK, sidebrow, The New Orleans Review, Gulf Coast, and others. Her chapbook, Gossip (Birds of Lace, 2013) examines group narrativizing surrounding a breakup and her uncomfortably intimate performance and installation work has been featured in ENTERtext and the Los Angeles Road Concerts. She has taught cultural studies and English classes at CalArts, Otis, and several LA-area community... Read More →
avatar for Stephen van Dyck

Stephen van Dyck

Stephen van Dyck is a writer, performer, organizer and educator. He has presented work at various spaces around Los Angeles including LACMA, MOCA, Machine Project, LACE, Human Resources, Wildness, Workspace and Sea and Space. He has a show on KChung Radio called "Customer Care" and curates the annual Los Angeles Road Concerts, over 200 LA artists re-imagining unused public space along the entire lengths of LA's long streets.
avatar for Matias Viegener

Matias Viegener

MFA Writing Program, CalArts
Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. His new book, 2500 Random Things About Me Too, is published by Les Figues Press, and he’s the editor of I'm Very Into You, the correspondence of Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, just out from Semiotext(e). He is the co-editor, with Christine Wertheim, of Séance in... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Weeks

Laurie Weeks

Laurie Weeks is the author of Zipper Mouth and Debby's Barium Swallow, and has been a superstar in the New York downtown writing world since the 1990s. Her fiction and other writings have been published in The Baffler, Vice, Nest, Index, LA Weekly, and Semiotext(e)'s The New Fuck You. A portion of this novel appeared recently in Dave Egger's The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and has been shortlisted for... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Lund

11:30am

How to Traffic in Books (And Trace that Traffic)
How to Traffic in Books (And Trace that Traffic): Small Press Editorial Practices in Both Californias / Cómo traficar los libros (y trazar ese tráfico): Prácticas editoriales independientes en las dos Californias

Antena proposes to spark a dialogue—or, ideally, a multi-logue—around cross-cultural and cross-language small press work, defining "cross" and "cultural" in extremely broad and non-traditional terms. Our panel features representatives from four independent presses—two with ties to Southern California and two with ties to Baja California. Each of these presses works across and beyond the borders of language, culture, genre, and aesthetics to create publications, events and interventions that redefine both what is and what is possible. Our panel includes René Castillo from Centro Cultural Artes del Libro (Tijuana), both members of Antena from Libros Antena Books (Houston and Los Angeles), Gidi Loza from Observatorio Editorial Tijuana (Tijuana), and three members of the collective that forms Writ Large Press (Los Angeles). Our panel will be bilingual (some presenters speaking Spanish and some speaking English) and will be interpreted by Antena Los Ángeles, the local satellite of Antena.

Antena’s practice is based in creating spaces for dialogue and discussion where multiple languages coexist on an equal footing. When multiple languages are used in the same room, our capacities for thinking and for communication expand exponentially. In this case, the coexistence of Spanish and English in the same room is also a clear rebuke to a doggedly monolingual U.S. intellectual and social environment. We are especially excited to explore bilingual/multilingual literary practice in the specific context of the “two Californias” that are bisected by the contested and complicated U.S.-Mexico border.

Moderators
avatar for Jen Hofer

Jen Hofer

Antena
Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her latest translations include the chapbook En las maravillas/In Wonder (Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2012) and Ivory Black, a translation of Negro marfil by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues Press 2011). Her latest homemade... Read More →
avatar for John Pluecker

John Pluecker

Antena
John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, translator and co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production. His texts have appeared in journals in the U.S. and Mexico, including The Volta, Mandorla, Aufgabe, eleven eleven, Third Text, Animal Shelter, HTMLGiant and Literal. His work extends off the page to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for René Castillo

René Castillo

Director, Centro Cultural Artes del Libro
Books. Coffee. Architecture. Life. |
avatar for Jessica Ceballos

Jessica Ceballos

Partner, Writ Large Press
Jessica Ceballos is a poet, designer, photographer, musician, community advocate and volunteer. During the day she oversees the Avenue 50 Studio, an arts presentation space grounded in Latin@ culture, where she also curates the literary arts programming. Aside from hosting the monthly Bluebird Reading series, Jessica curates Poesia Para La Gente, a program that brings poetry to non-traditional spaces throughout Los Angeles. At night she devotes... Read More →
avatar for Chiwan Choi

Chiwan Choi

Partner, Writ Large Press
Chiwan Choi is the author of The Flood and Abductions. He is a founding partner of Writ Large Press, DTLAB, and the ongoing public publishing project, PUBLISH!.
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Gidi Loza

Observatorio Editorial Tijuana
Gidi Loza is a writer, editor, translator and philosophy student currently living in Tijuana. Her latest project is Observatorio Editorial Tijuana, (twitter.com/OETijuana) were she publishes innovative poetry in English and Spanish, translations and compilations. She was founder and editor of Editorial Piedra Cuervo (http://editorialpiedracuervo.blogspot.com/), which published innovative poetry and translations, including her translation of... Read More →
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Peter Woods

Peter Woods has contributed over a decade of service producing cultural events in Los Angeles, with events ranging from live music, theater, social justice, education and the literary arts. His productions reflect a need to address the shortage of creative events accessible to the community as displayed by his work with The Last Bookstore, where he served as Event Director (2009-2013), as well as his own Quality Collective, a grassroots... Read More →


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

11:30am

Hybrid Storytelling: Making New Narratives Using the Tools of Design
This presentation focuses on a new approach to narrative and narrative design which deploys graphic elements and design thinking strategies to arrive at ‘hybrid’ image/texts. There is a small, secret history of designed works in fiction, from Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy to Mark Danielwski’s House of Leaves. The visual literacy and communication methods of the design field open up new possibilities in fiction, from structuring narratives in a formally designed way to creating moments of emotional impact with well-timed visual or typographical surprises. The combination of text and image-based narrative has implications for interactive works, graphic novels, games, and designed novels. Zach Dodson and Saku Heinänen are building a new Graphic Design masters curriculum around the techniques and methodologies of hybrid works at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. The program is interdisciplinary as well as widely cross-cultural, creating a tinder box for new ideas. Heinänen has also developed a minor course of studies, Pixstories, which combine animation and storytelling. Here they present these emerging fields, the programs built around them, and a peek at the exciting works that are emerging from a hybridization of storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Dodson

Zach Dodson

Book Design, Aalto University, featherproof books
Zach Dodson is an active member of many arts communities, forging connections between the worlds of design and literature. He was the founder of Featherproof Books and Bleached Whale Design. His debut novel, Bats of the Republic, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2016. His writing has appeared in Lamination Colony, Monsters & Dust, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction. His design has appeared in Proximity, MAKE Magazine, and... Read More →
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Saku Heinänen

Saku Heinänen is professor and the head of the graphic design program of Aalto University. He has been a prolific editorial designer and one of the few professional typeface designers in Finland, creating awarded retail and custom fonts. Heinänen has always practiced illustration, and now combines it with writing. His first illustrated novel Zaida ja lumienkeli (Zaida and the Snow Angel) came out in 2014, and its follow-up will be published... Read More →


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

11:30am

Violence, Trauma and Interrogation in Sound, Visual and Performance Poetry

Douglas Kearney, The Grunt

Martin Gubbins and Carlos Soto Roman, Alternative Set of Procedures”. The subject matter of this performance is torture. Inspired in the CIA’s Kurback Manual and Bush administration’s Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, and appropriating and recontextualizing texts from different sources (such as Joan of Arc’s trials, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola). As performers and sons of the so called “Shock Doctrine”, we are entirely committed to achieving a different level of awareness through a different kind of narrative, which deals with the objectification of sensation, and the cold treatment of hot issues.

Christine Wertheim, Madonnas and Child. A sound-performance about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, examining the intersections between this political situation and the infantilizations produced by colonialism.



Moderators
avatar for Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney

Faculty, MFA Creative Writing Program, CalArts
Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s third poetry collection, Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014) examines miscarriage, infertility, and parenthood. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was a National Poetry Series selection. He has received residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals... Read More →
avatar for Christine Wertheim

Christine Wertheim

California Institute of the Arts
Christine Wertheim is author of mUtter-bAbel (Countertpath Press) and +|'me'S-pace (Les Figues), editor of the anthology Feminaissance, and with Matias Viegener co-editor of Séance and The n/Oulipean Analects. She organized the conferences, Séance (2004), Noulipo (2005), Impunities (2006), Feminaissance (2007), Untitled (2008), Untitled NY (2009) with Viegener, sponsored by a grant from The Annenberg Foundation. Her poetry... Read More →

Speakers
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Martin Gubbins

Martín Gubbins is a Chilean poet, a visual and sound artist, and a publisher. One of the founding members of the Chilean version of Bob Cobbing’s Writers Forum (FDE, Foro de Escritores: www.fde.cl), he is a leading figure in the avant-garde Chilean scene. | He has published several works of poetry and visual poetry, most recently Tic Tac T (in collaboration with American poet and artist John M. Bennett, USA, 2012), London... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Soto-Román

Carlos Soto-Román

Carlos Soto-Román is a poet and translator. A former resident of Philadelphia, PA he now hails from Santiago, Chile. He has published in Chile: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009), and in the US: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), Chile Project: [Re-classified] (Gauss-PDF, 2013), Alternative Set of... Read More →


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

11:30am

Feminist Poetics & The Internet
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?   

Speakers
avatar for Kate Durbin

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.
avatar for Becca Klaver

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 →
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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 →
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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
Bijou

11:30am

Which Witch Writer-in-Residence Program at the Saugus Cafe
Which Witch Writers-In-Residence: Which Witch Books  is partnering with the Saugus Cafe for a very special Writers-in-Residence weekend as part of the &NOW15 Literary Conference. We are inviting writers/artists/thinkers/do-ers to reserve a slot (minimum 30 minute commitment) at the Saugus Cafe, Santa Clarita's infamous old-time establishment, to work on a piece of writing/communicative artwork which will culminate in a publication produced by Which Witch.

The purpose of the Which Witch Writing Residency is to inspire new creative work. While CalArts will serve as the main site of activity during the &NOW conference, WW aims to reconnect its Writers-in-Residence to the unique environment and history of Santa Clarita Valley. 

The sole criterion for acceptance into the WW Writing Residency is willingness. 

The Saugus is open 24/hrs, serving diner food, coffee and beverages from its fully stocked bar.

If you would like to be a Which Witch Writer-in-Residence, please sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/which-witch-writers-in-residence-at-the-saugus-cafe-tickets-15748129078?aff=es2&rank=0 

 


Moderators
avatar for Emma Kemp

Emma Kemp

ultra-violent
avatar for Adriana Widdoes

Adriana Widdoes

Which Witch

Thursday March 26, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
The Saugus Cafe 25861 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

1:00pm

Lunch!
Thursday March 26, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm

1:00pm

Un Texto Sobre Arte Contemporáneo/A Text About Contemporary Art

In three writing sessions during the &Now Festival, Guido Ignatti will compose a text about contemporary art. He’ll be alone in a room on the CalArts campus with only a typewriter, some paper, and a pencil. The scene will be streamed on a website announced on a placard to &Now participants. After the third writing session, on the final day of the festival, Ignatti will frame the typescript and hang it next to the placard. 

Ignatti’s performance makes visible the struggle to conceive ideas and put thoughts to paper while isolated from many of the apparatuses and functions that determine writing today. He’ll go without the Internet, his computer, and Control+Z. Since this will be the first time that he’ll use a typewriter, the performance may be as much about his physical interaction with the device as it is about his intellectual work. Writing about the present using a device from another era, Ignatti’s site-specific performance evokes CalArts’ long history of fostering experimental artistic and literary practices. 

The performance can be seen during the listed times on www.guidoignatti.com.ar 


Moderators
avatar for Patrick Greaney

Patrick Greaney

Patrick Greaney is the author of Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art (University of Minnesota, 2014), Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin(University of Minnesota, 2008), and essays on modern and contemporary art and literature in Europe, Latin America, and the US. He has curated exhibitions at MCA Denver, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Counterpath Gallery, and his translations from... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Guido Ignatti

Guido Ignatti

Most of Guido Ignatti’s works are ephemeral, site‐specific and time-based installations that explore the tensions between conceptualism and raw materiality. Since 2008, he has exhibited widely in Argentina, and has participated in exhibitions in London and Barcelona. He is the cofounder and coeditor of the magazine Sauna - revista de arte, and he is the coordinator for temporary public art exhibitions for the city of Buenos Aires. He lives... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
D206

1:30pm

Which Witch Books: Eclairage

Which Witch Books Presents Eclairage: Which Witch's first publication, "Eclairage" by Jen Hutton, is currently in production and will debut in Spring 2015. The text -- written to be heard rather than read -- focuses on two female musicians (Claire and Clare), simultaneously complicating and reveling in the aural quality of language.  Which Witch will preview the book to the &NOW community through an interpretive "reading" of the text, which will include a musical performance of the scored text, composed by Greg Uhlmann.




Moderators
avatar for Emma Kemp

Emma Kemp

ultra-violent
avatar for Adriana Widdoes

Adriana Widdoes

Which Witch

Speakers
avatar for Jen Hutton

Jen Hutton

Jen Hutton is a teacher, writer, artist, and Canadian expat living in Los Angeles. She received her BA in studio art from the University of Guelph, and is a graduate of CalArts' MFA Writing Program. Her writing has appeared in C Magazine, Magenta Magazine, Canadian Art and artforum.com, and her book, Eclairage, is forthcoming with Which Witch Books in 2015.


Thursday March 26, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
ROD

2:30pm

Divination As Praxis
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. 

Moderators
avatar for Emerson Whitney

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, Bombay Gin, the Huffington Post, and the New York Observer. Emerson is a kari edwards fellow (2013) and a Charlotte Bordeaux Awardee (2012). He is a professor of... Read More →

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Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches writing at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. She is the author of a number of full-length works of poetry/prose, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for... 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 by Venus magazine, the New Orleans Gambit, and The Believer, this breakout book was also a favorite among... Read More →
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Mady Schutzman

Mady Schutzman (Ph.D. Performance Studies, NYU) is a writer, scholar, theatre artist, and filmmaker.  She has published essays and performance texts in several journals including The Drama Review, Women and Performance, Theatre Topics, The Journal of Medical Humanities, American Communication Journal, Black Clock and Cargo, as well as in several critical anthologies. Her book The Real Thing: Performance, Hysteria... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Eccentric Fiction: The Confluence of Literary and Medical Arts
The mind generates every word we write. The mind is housed in the body. The body aches, and suffers. The art of medicine heals the body. The art of literature heals the mind. How is fiction altered when the various organs of the body, such as the brain, or the body in its corporeality and bareness, become central "characters" and begin to control and navigate the narrative? Can art and medicine coexist with another when one is deemed as "fiction" and the other as "real," the latter stemming from objective observations and physiological data? Is it the confluence of such an interaction that creates eccentric literature and gives it lungs to breathe, a heart to beat, and a brain to think, and allow it to become more than an "art"?

And from the confluence of these arts, the most eccentric literature emerges. This panel, consisting of a psychiatrist, a neurologist, and a family physician, will address these questions and explore how a medical perspective can, and must indeed, question and alter a traditional narrative that does not address a body in its physiological and psychological underpinnings, and allow literature to become "eccentric," or, in other words, "real."

Moderators
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Jorge Armenteros

Jorge Armenteros was born in Cuba, two years after the revolution led by Fidel Castro. He and his family became political refugees in Madrid, before finally settling in Puerto Rico. He attended Harvard University where he minored in Spanish and Latin American Literature while completing his biomedical engineering degree. After graduating cum laude, he went back to San Juan to study medicine at The University of Puerto Rico. In addition to his... Read More →

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Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky is Poetry Editor at the MJA. She is the author of The Waiting Room (Vintage 2015, Harper Perennial US 2016) and We're all Going to Die (Harper Collins, 2016). She edited Writer MD (Knopf US), co-authored Cracking the Code (Vintage 2015) and holds an MFA from VCFA.
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Pedram Navab

Pedram Navab is a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, residing in Los Angeles. He is currently the medical director of a sleep lab in Silverlake. Having been educated at Brown and Stanford, Pedram holds both a master's degree in English/Modern Culture & Media and a J.D. His debut novel, Without Anesthesia, is published by Jaded Ibis Press. The portion of his talk for this event is entitled... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
F200

2:30pm

Fluid Texts: Languages in Translation
This panel is aimed at discussing perceptions and conceptions of text as a fluid medium. We will examine the ways in which the seemingly fixed medium of the written word alters into complex motions that represent the dynamics of speech, thought, meaning and feeling. As is made clear from the beginning of Matthew Nye’s novel Pike and Bloom, any page is a potential field of interactions that comes to life as soon as a reader sets his or her eyes upon it, allowing the essentially fluid nature of meaning making to be enacted. Dan Beachy-Quick turns his highly perceptive experience of the world into a language experience, shared with the reader, calling the senses back into the intellect, and playing with the materiality of words to let them emerge from the page into the reader, impressing his or her senses with lasting and moving traces. 

The plasticity of these texts will also be considered through the translation process. While some aspects of the source text have to be given up, what is it that makes it across the boundary of a language’s frontier? What is the permanence of a translated text (or of any text in time)? Can we still think of texts as having a fixed status in the age of digital arts and media? How does conceiving of a text as a fluid medium allow for meaning to be carried, while resisting its potentially reified fate? 

Our reflexion will involve performances of the authors’ texts, in English and French.

Moderators
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Anne-Laure Tissut

Professor of American Literature, Rouen University, France
Anne-Laure Tissut is a Professor of American Literature at Rouen University, France. Her research focuses on contemporary American literature, aesthetics, exchanges between forms and media as well as on translation. She also translates American and English fiction and poetry into French (Blake Butler, Percival Everett, Nick Flynn, Laird Hunt, Adam Thirlwell, Steve Tomasula) and takes part in collective translations from French into American... Read More →

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Dan Beachy-Quick

Monfort Professor, Colorado State University
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of four collections of poems, most recently, Circle's Apprentice (Tupelo Press), and A Whaler’s Dictionary (Milkweed Editions), a collection of essays about Moby Dick. His honors include a Lannan Foundation Residency. His poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including The Boston Review, The New Republic, Fence, Poetry (magazine), Chicago... Read More →
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Matthew Nye

Matthew Nye’s first novel Pike and Bloom was awarded the 2014 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency and Book Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and Fiction International. Originally from Indiana, he is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Georgia and is an editor for A Bad Penny Review. He lives in Athens.


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Generator Bldg

2:30pm

Pataphysical Innovations: A Reading and Discussion with Apostrophe Books
Although Apostrophe Books has defined itself as a publisher of “innovative poetry,” our authors have transgressed even this label by making all generic categories of writing somewhat suspect. From Tony Trigilio’s conceptual deformation of Don DeLillo’s White Noise to Joe Milazzo’s bizarre and haunting palimpsests to Gina Abelkop’s sinister and surreal mock romances, Apostrophe writers don’t simply perform “interventions on movements, canons, timelines, and other gatekeepers of the status quo,” they eschew whatever’s on the other side of those gates all together. 

The mantra at Apostrophe is not simply innovation, but pataphysical innovation. This means the philosophy of the absurd, the ecology of hypothetical experience, the science of imaginary solutions. Our authors challenge categories and genre distinctions most often associated with literature and poetry via discourse that intersects philosophy, cultural studies, theory, and, especially, pataphysics. By investigating language and consciousness through conceptual operations, parody & pastiche, Oulipo-like methods, surrealist conceits, and cross-genre experiments, these writers expand potential definitions of literature. The intersection of poetic discourse with pataphysics involves an “anti-metaphysical” trajectory that delights in the uncertain and indeterminate nature of human experience; a kind of postmodern negative capability. Our writers subvert the idea of a “well-crafted” poem by disclosing its own operations and undermining presumptions about what constitutes a poem. 

After a short introduction from the editors (Mark Tursi and Richard Greenfield), five APOSTROPHE authors (Tony Trigilio, Joe Milazzo, Catherine Meng, Gina Abelkop and Johannes Göransson) will read their work. A panel discussion with the writers and editors concerning the characteristics of our aesthetic followed by questions from the audience.

Moderators
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Mark Tursi

Mark Tursi is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Brutal Synecdoche (Astrophil Books, 2012). He is one of the founding editors of Apostrophe Books, an innovative press devoted to publishing poetry that intersects philosophy and cultural theory, as well as Double Room, an online literary and visual arts journal. He teaches writing, literature, and visual art at New Jersey City University and the Museum of Modern Art/New York.

Speakers
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Gina Abelkop

Gina Abelkop (murmuringambrosia@gmail.com) is the author of Darling Beastlettes (Apostrophe Books, 2012) and I Eat Cannibals (coimpress, 2014). She lives in Athens, GA, where she runs the DIY feminist press Birds of Lace.
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Johannes Göransson

Johannes Göransson is the author of six books, most recently The Sugar Book, a lyric novel from Tarpaulin Sky Press. He is the US translator of Aase Berg. He teaches at Notre Dame and co-edits Action Books.
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Richard Greenfield

Richard Greenfield (editor@apostrophebooks.org), Co-Founder and Co-editor of Apostrophe Books, is the author of Tracer (Omnidawn 2009) and A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of | California Press, 2003).
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Catherine Meng

Catherine Meng (yingpow@yahoo.com) is the author of the full-length poetry collections The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the Century (SplitLevel Texts, 2013) and Tonight’s the Night (Apostrophe Books, 2007). She lives in Berkeley, CA with her family.
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Joe Milazzo

Joe Milazzo (jrmilazzo@gmail.com) is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books, forthcoming), a volume of poetry. He also co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing] and is the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, Texas, and his virtual location is http://www.slowstudies.net/jmilazzo/.
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Tony Trigilio

Tony Trigilio's recent poetry collections are Book 1 of "The Complete 'Dark Shadows' (of My Childhood)" (BlazeVOX Books, 2014) and "White Noise" (Apostrophe Books, 2013). He is editor of "Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments" (Ahsahta Press, 2014). He directs the program in Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago and is a co-founder and co-editor of Court Green.


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Lund

2:30pm

Fictions of Art /Arts of Fiction
A reading and Q & A featuring fiction writing that is in one way or another acutely aware of art; that either takes art and art making as its subject, and/or is deeply, intentionally and formally indebted to another art form. The meeting of fiction and art opens up a generative window onto narrative – how best to tell a story, what story (if any) is to be told. Fiction also performs an important worlding function (often, but not always satirical), with the potential to render the “art world” anew. While as critic Maria Fusco rightly observes, “the bridge between fiction writing and visual art making is a wide one, too broad in fact to traverse with any real surefooted assurance,” this panel will hone in on five different pathways and their intersections.

Moderators
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Janet Sarbanes

Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collection Army of One, and has published cultural criticism in journals such as Afterall, Popular Music and Society, Utopian Studies, Los Angeles Review of Books and East of Borneo. Her current book project is titled Radical Imaginaries: Aesthetic Sociality and the Project of Autonomy. An essay from this collection, “The Shaker... Read More →

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Dimitri Anastasopoulos

Professor, University at Buffalo
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Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting... Read More →
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Benjamin Weissman

Benjamin Weissman is the author of two books of short fiction, most recently Headless. His writing about art, books, and skiing have appeared in Artforum, The Believer, Freeze, Frieze, McSweeney's, and Spin. He's been in seven solo, group and collaborative exhibitions in the last year, including What Every Snowflake Knows in its Heart at the Santa Monica Museum, and Men in L.A.: Three Generations of Drawings. He teaches at Otis College of Art and... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Faculty Center

4:00pm

Data-Driven Literary Practices
Emerging technologies are transforming how we collect, process, and transmit data. Traditionally, we take in new data through our senses, augmented or otherwise, as facts of direct observation, and then analyze that data in the hopes of finding patterns therein. Those patterns are information, i.e. representations of data, which provide the foundation for knowledges built across cultures, disciplines, and practices. Now, in the era of “Big Data”, this model of knowledge acquisition is crumbling around us, because the volume, velocity, and variety of new data greatly exceeds our ability to process it using traditional means.  

Critics have increasingly regarded “Big Data” as a crisis of theory, and most have looked to science for solutions. In contrast, this panel of artist‐theorists will look to their own literary practices, as well as the practices of other authors and artists, and examine how artists can represent, interpret, and contextualize data to help generate new theories, knowledges, and literatures. VJ Um Amel will present “Tweet World”, a 3D immersive experience that uses actual tweets from global protests and 2D network visualizations to build worlds. Erik Loyer will show “Stepwise”, an open source web and mobile framework for one‐button performance of procedural text. Adam Sulzdorf‐Liszkiewicz will present “Mark Ditto Mark”, a conceptual novel generated by a browser extension, as well as an overview of several other literary and artistic browser extensions. Jeremy Hight will present “34 north 118 west”, the first GPS‐driven locative narrative, and “Carrizo Parkfield Diaries”, a sound, image, and text narrative edited by data from sensors in the San Andreas fault. These presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion of data‐driven literary pract

Moderators
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Adam Sulzdorf‐Liszkiewicz

RUST LTD.
Adam Sulzdorf‐Liszkiewicz is the author of AFEELD (Digital Originals Series, Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech, 2015), and a co‐founder of the game design studio, RUST LTD. His work has appeared in Diagram, Hobart, Kotaku, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Seneca Review, and Word For/Word, and has recently been exhibited at the Library of Congress, the 2013 Modern Language Convention, the 2012 Electronic Literature... Read More →

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VJ Um Amel

UC Santa Barbara
Laila Shereen Sakr is a digital media theorist and artist working in computational art, live cinema, data visualization, and media activism. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her work uses media analytics, visualization, and immersive storytelling techniques to map how participation in virtual worlds and networked publics have influenced the formation of a virtual body politic. This research led her to... Read More →
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Jeremy Hight

Jeremy Hight created locative narrative in the work “34 north 118 west”. His essay “Narrative Archaeology” was named one of the four key texts in locative media art. His collaborative work “Carrizo Parkfield Diaries” is in the permanent digital collection of the Whitney Museum. He has published 40 essays and book chapters on Augmented Reality, Locative Media, Interface Design and a new method of... Read More →
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Erik Loyer

Creative Director, Opertoon / The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture
Combining elements drawn from video games and comic books with dynamic music, gestural control, and synaesthetics, Erik Loyer's artworks, websites, and mobile apps have garnered international recognition. Loyer is the creator of The Lair of the Marrow Monkey, one of the first websites to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, and Chroma, an award‐winning web serial. As Creative Director for the experimental journal Vectors... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Faculty Center

4:00pm

Language in Video Art Now
A screening of several short works of video art in which language – be it political speech, literary work, or invented narrative -- features prominently. The event is designed to spark a discussion about adaptation, histories/ possibilities of language use on the screen, the relationship between supplied, moving image and conjured, mental image, as well as between the spoken and written word. The program will present diverse, recent work by several contemporary video artists, most of whom are local and available for a Q & A afterwards, including:

Danielle Dean, No Lye, TRT 10 minutes, 2013. Confined to a bathroom, five women communicate with the limit of words taken from political speech and advertising from Ebony magazine and Vogue. The women are engaging in making a bomb.

Harry Dodge, Unkillable, TRT 19 minutes, 2011, and Ipse Dixit, TRT 2 minute, 2011. Ipse Dixit is a two-minute loop that uses the simplest tools of Final Cut Pro to deliver a short transcription on the end of the world. The black comedy Unkillable investigates the potency of images made from language by means of monologic performance: wearing a mask, Dodge performs a “text-story” of a would-be film made up of progressively appalling events.

Mariah Garnett, Garbage, The City, and Death. TRT 8 minutes, 2012. The video consists of three scenes from a Fassbinder play of the same title, which was banned from the stage in Germany in 1985. The adaptation consists of the scenes between Roma, the prostitute and Franz, her boyfriend/pimp, with the filmmaker playing Franz and her half-sister, Joanna Coleman, playing Roma. 

Dylan Mira, Untitled (Agua Viva), TRT 13 minutes, 2013. Features the filmmaker’s ailing father reading aloud from Clarice Lispector’s Agua Viva from his home hospital bed; his recitation is punctuated by his announcements of distaste for the book as well as by acerbic, tender commentary from his wife about her husband’s character and life.

Tyler Oyer, Calling All Divas: TASASKASP, TRT 4 minutes, 2014. A performative piece utilizing language by Shakespeare, as filtered through Karen Black and an original drag persona.

Maggie Nelson will moderate.

Moderators
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Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language (Graywolf Press, May 2015). Her 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton), was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book... Read More →

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Danielle Dean

Danielle Dean was born in Alabama to a Nigerian-American father and a British mother, and raised in government housing in Northwest London. Her multimedia often examines, appropriates and recreates various interior spaces that resemble details from environments of her youth. Dean creates video pieces that provide observational and often sardonic insights on American culture filtered through her distinctly global perspective. Her video... Read More →
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Harry Dodge

Harry Dodge (also known as Harriet "Harry" Dodge) is an American sculptor, performer, video artist, and writer, whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of materiality, the unnamable, legibility and orientation, with a special focus on continuum and the "in-between." Dodge’s solo and collaborative work has been exhibited at many venues nationally and internationally, including “Made in L.A.&rdquo... Read More →
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Mariah Garnett

Mariah Garnett mixes documentary, narrative and experimental filmmaking practices to make work that accesses existing people and communities beyond her immediate experience. Using source material that ranges from found text to iconic gay porn stars, Garnett often inserts herself into the films, creating cinematic allegories that codify and locate identity. Garnett holds an MFA from Calarts in Film/Video and a BA from Brown University in... Read More →
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Dylan Mira

Dylan Mira is women liminally Los Angeles and on the Internet. It is the Art Institute of Chicago School Video BFA and UCLA she holds a MBA in new genres. His work has been exhibited in nature- this site, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division, Chicago Underground Film Festival, depressed and magazines, the Institute of Contemporary Art and including the preservation of the artist Anthology Film on display posting normal a wide screen space.
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Tyler Oyer

Tyler Oyer holds an MFA from CalArts. He works in performance and video, and has recently performed or presented work in New York City, Oslo, London, Miami(Basel), and Bergen Kunstall. In 2013, his multimedia performance piece “100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you now” was featured in the New Original Works Festival at REDCAT in Los Angeles.


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Generator Bldg

4:00pm

Lyrical Visions: Use of the Image in Contemporary Poetics
The use of the image with poetic compositions with images is hardly a new practice – consider Blake’s plates, the concrete poems of Apollinaire, Auden’s ekphrasis. While different in approach, each of these practices intersect with images and representation. Since the technological developments of Photoshop, JavaScript, and other such programs, the limits of how a poet can create, use, and/or manipulate an image have exploded.

This panel will be a hybrid of critical presentations and creative readings which interrogate the panelists’ and others’ use of art and imagery in their writing, ultimately considering the intersection between poetry and “the image.” This will include but not be limited to appropriative digital collage, kinetic digital poems, palimpsests, ekphrasis, and the word-as-image.

Speakers
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Diana Arterian

Doctoral Candidate, USC PhD in Lit & Creative Writing
Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow. | Diana is a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press, and a Managing Editor and founding member of the small press Ricochet. She has recently been honored with residencies and scholarships... Read More →
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Amaranth Borsuk

University of Washington Bothell
Amaranth Borsuk's most recent book is As We Know (Subito, 2014), a collaboration with Andy Fitch. She is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), and, with Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012). Abra, a collaboration with Kate Durbin forthcoming from 1913 Press, recently received an NEA-sponsored Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and will be... Read More →
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Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman is an artist and the author of three books of poems: 19 Names For Our Band (2008), James Brown is Dead (2011), and Sleeper Hold (2014). His art and writing projects, which span performance, photography, poetry, and video, have been presented at galleries and museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Hammer Museum. His work was recently included in the anthology The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing (2013). Huffman... Read More →
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Robin Coste Lewis

Univesity of Southern California
Robin Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in English and Visual Studies at USC. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received her MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program where she was a Goldwater Fellow in poetry. She also holds a Master's of Theological Studies degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard's Divinity School. She was a finalist for the International War Poetry Prize, the National Rita Dove... Read More →
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John Pluecker

Antena
John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, translator and co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production. His texts have appeared in journals in the U.S. and Mexico, including The Volta, Mandorla, Aufgabe, eleven eleven, Third Text, Animal Shelter, HTMLGiant and Literal. His work extends off the page to... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Lund

4:00pm

Nightboat Books Reading
This reading by Nightboat Books authors showcases the press’s commitment resist convention and transcends boundaries by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence and risk. In this presentation, authors will read poems and hybrid work inspired by and in conversation with different senses, technologies, and art forms. To give a few examples: Christina Davis will talk about and read poems that have emerged from daily exposure to an audio archive and how the human voice has changed over the course of the 20th (and 21st) centuries. Martha Ronk will read poems that are direct responses to individual black and white images, many influenced by Barthes's critical work and focus on photography's relationship to death. Together, these writers will offer a vibrant, diverse snapshot of innovative writing in 2015.

Moderators
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Abraham Avnisan

Instructor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Abraham Avnisan is an experimental writer whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text, and code. Each of his projects seeks to appropriate and reinterpret a particular thinker, idea or theoretical field that challenges us to reconsider the most fundamental ways in which we understand ourselves and the world around us. He has presented his work at the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2014 Hold the Light conference, the... Read More →

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Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016 and forthcoming from Picador UK in 2017. The collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and has been widely reviewed. | His first two books are collections of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A... Read More →
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Christina Davis

Christina Davis is the author of Forth A Raven (2006) and An Ethic (2013). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, jubilat, Pleiades, Paris Review, and other publications. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University, she is the recipient of the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress, selected by U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the James Merrill House, and the... Read More →
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Gabriella Klein

Gabriella Klein’s book length collection, Land Sparing, received the Nightboat Poetry Prize and will be published by Nightboat Books in Spring 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in Conduit, Jubliat, Handsome, FIELD, the Volta, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Barbara Poetry Conference... Read More →
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Gracie Leavitt

Gracie Leavitt is the author of Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star (Nightboat Books) as well as the chapbooks Gap Gardening (These Signals) and CATENA (forthcoming from DoubleCross Press). Poems and translations have appeared in anthologies such as The Ill-Tempered Rubyist and journals such as 6x6, Conjunctions, Critical Quarterly, Lana Turner, and Poems by Sunday. Articles can be found in Flaunt and Intercourse magazines, and with Kolekt::f she... Read More →
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Martha Ronk

Martha Ronk is the author of nine books of poetry, including Partially Kept, Vertigo, a National Poetry Series Selection, and In a landscape of having to repeat, a PEN/USA best poetry book 2005, and Why/WhyNot. She has also published a fictional memoir, Displeasures of the Table, and a collection of fiction, Glass Grapes and other stories (2008); her poetry is included in the anthologies, Lyric Postmodernisms, American Hybrid, and Not For Mothers... Read More →
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John Sakkis

JOHN SAKKIS is the author of The Islands (2015) and Rude Girl (2009), as well as numerous chapbooks and ephemera. Since 2005 he has edited BOTH BOTH, a little magazine of poetry and art. With Angelos Sakkis he has translated four books by Athenian poet Demosthenes Agrafiotis: most recently Y'es and Diaeresis (2015); their translation of Maribor (2011) was awarded the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation. He lives in... Read More →
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Edwin Torres

Lingualisualist, Brainlingo
Edwin Torres is a ‘lingualisualist’ rooted in the languages of sight and sound—as graphic designer and poet, his work interweaves territories outside the lines. He is the author of seven books including, Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), In The Function Of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books) and The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books). A native of New York City, he... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Bijou

4:00pm

Apocalypse Now, or Nearly: Folding Future & Present Together, In Imagining the Climate Crisis
Ben Lerner, at the latest Brooklyn Festival, claimed onstage that his new novel 10:04 was ‘‘science fiction.’’ The book’s settings are entirely realistic, however, and its two major events are two recent hurricanes, first Irene and then Sandy. Those were, of course, climate events—their damage exacerbated by humanity’s abuse of the environment.   

So too, the novels and stories known loosely as ‘‘cli-fi,’’ addressing the current climate crisis, challenge and destabilize conventional notions of ‘‘sci-fi.’’ On the one hand, such work imagines a changed world. On the other, cli-fi also eschews genre elements, such as the apparatus of time- or space-travel. Instead, such novels and stories tends to exist in an alternative ‘‘now,’’ different in some essential way from our own, but otherwise using machinery and social structures we recognize. That’s the case even in so accessible and celebrated a text as Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad. In that novel, the final chapters are set in an America at once our own and yet significantly otherwise. A similar alternative reality can be seen in lesser-known and more challenging fictions, by writers as diverse as George Saunders and Margaret Atwood. 

Our roundtable will address such literary work as both writers and readers. It will consider outstanding examples, such as those named already, and also grapple with difficulties of composition. In complicating our sense of the moment, cli-fi also transgresses boundaries between the artistic modes, and indeed all the arts.

Moderators
avatar for John Domini

John Domini

reviewer, essayist, etc., Bookforum, Believer, Ploughshares, ABR, etc.
I'm here primarily as a reviewer and essayist, for instance my 2011 defense of the social relevance of postmodern American work, "Against the Impossible to Explain," which ran in a special number of The Quarterly Conversation. Besides that, I have a number of books and awards. Fiction in Paris Review and elsewhere, non-fiction in the New York Times and elsewhere, including Italian journals, poetry in Meridian (Editors’ Prize, '06) and et... Read More →

Speakers
MB

Matt Bell

Matt Bell is the author of the novel In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby, and his next novel, Scrapper, will be published in Fall 2015. His stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Fantasy, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast... 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 →


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Coffee House Theater

5:15pm

Dinner
Thursday March 26, 2015 5:15pm - 8:00pm

5:30pm

Between Language and Body: Incubating a New Work
Laura Ann Samuelson (dance artist) and Bhanu Kapil (writer) create a performance that is also an open laboratory [incubation] for everyone who attends it.  They are interested in the cross-exchange between movement/dance/improvisation and writing: what it means to track sensations and gestures [micro-movements/extensions] during and across both processes. What happens when a dancer and a writer incubate their works simultaneously or with a common interest in following sensory processes, to build performances and texts from the bottom up?  

Speakers
avatar for Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches writing at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. She is the author of a number of full-length works of poetry/prose, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Laura Ann Samuelson

Laura Ann Samuelson

Artistic Director, Hoarded Stuff Performance
Laura Ann Samuelson is a dance artist based in Colorado who creates original work, performs, curates, and teaches dance/experimental physical performance with her company, Hoarded Stuff. She has a BA in Dance/Performance Composition from Hampshire College and has served as a teaching artist at Naropa University, Washington University in St. Louis' study abroad program MADE in France, and as an artist-in-residence at the Colorado Conservatory of... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Lund

6:00pm

Writing On It All: A Neo-Formal Happening
Join this collaborative experimental session of Writing On It All as we take to the walls to explore the intersections between personal identity and bureaucratic language within the structure of forms. How do we translate ourselves into the narratives of the institution, the university, the state, and the nation? How do forms shape our individual and collective identities, and are they re/shaped in turn? Interpolated as employees, students, medical patients (insured and uninsured), applicants, immigrants, business travelers and tourists, voters and consumers, adopters and adoptees, account holders, jurors and criminals, how do we become readable for the statistical eye and what are those opaque areas in which our status remains illegible? We will play with these highly codified and formulaic discourses which are ubiquitous in everyday life, denaturing their apparently natural existence, undermining the universality of subjection to this genre, and proliferating the languages in which forms can be filled out. Getting angry, lyrical, humorous, or unintelligible - and just plain getting back at all those forms - we are going to question the practice of filling them out by projecting them onto walls, creating a collective space of exposure where we can write back and rewrite, and appropriate and refuse, the strictures of literal forms.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Chasin

Alexandra Chasin

Assoc. Prof., Lit. Studs., Lang, The New School
Alexandra Chasin is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School.  She is the author of the nonfictional Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market and the fictional Kissed By.  Her last book of fiction, Brief, was released as an interactive app.  The previous recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Chasin is currently completing a research-based... Read More →
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Olga Rodriguez-Ulloa

Guest Curator, Writing On It All
Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa is a researcher and cultural critic. She is currently working on a multidisciplinary book that explores a Peruvian countercultural youth scene during the Eighties. The chapters delineate an aesthetic sensorium that goes from text to sound to image in order to gauge the intervention of this underground scene within the broader framework of Peruvian culture. She has written about Latin American art, literature and... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Main Gallery

8:00pm

mØnġreL PôeTiKs
We speak as a mongrel horde, from the eye of a dog of uncertain parentage. Our texts are half-breeds, mutant—cross-breeding languages and media, breaking colonizing vocabularies and signs upon themselves. In our poems and performances, we splice text-genes, graft image-skins under the cipher of the hybrid, the sign of the cur. The results are transmuted bodies that are our double—stuttering, obscenely baroque, blind. Lacunae and aporia, indwell. The text-body without borders, without discernable organs that bleeds into visual media and performance art. The failed body of the migrating text that refuses to stop in its perambulations and involutions. The text that eats itself with cannibal intelligence. Poetry as a language prosthesis indicating not absence but excess. The sublime radiance of that.

Moderators
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Lara Glenum

AssociateProfessor, LSU
LARA GLENUM is the author of four books of poetry: Pop Corpse, Maximum Gaga, and The Hounds of No (all from Action Books), and All Hopped Up On Fleshy Dumdums (Spork Press). With Arielle Greenberg she is also the co-editor of Gurlesque: the new grrly, burlesque, grotesque poetics and the forthcoming digital second edition, Electric Gurlesque. She's currently at work on a text-based transmedia project, I M YR FAVRIT SOBJECT: Rehearsals for Extinct... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches writing at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. She is the author of a number of full-length works of poetry/prose, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for... Read More →
avatar for Eunsong Kim

Eunsong Kim

Eunsong Kim is a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego. Kim actively works with local and national youth arts organizations Urban Gateways and Young Audiences of San Diego, to develop critically based art programs. Kim’s poetry and writing on contemporary culture have appeared or are forthcoming in: LIT, The New Inquiry, AAWW’s The Margins, Model View Culture, Minnesota Review, Iowa Review, Seattle Review, The Denver... Read More →
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Lucas de Lima

PhD student, University of Pennsylvania
Lucas de Lima is the author of two chapbooks and the full-length Wet Land (Action Books), named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by Dennis Cooper, Entropy, Coldfront, The Volta, and Philadelphia Review of Books. As a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Penn, he works on indigenous cosmopolitics and Latin American literature.
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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 →


Thursday March 26, 2015 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Mod Theater
 
Friday, March 27
 

10:00am

Co-Locating the Material and the Immaterial

A panel addressing the locations we posit for for texts and the locations of political bodies, performative bodies, and gendered bodies within their architecture.

 

Abraham Avnisan, “Collocations” (reading & presentation)

Collocations appropriates two key texts from Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein’s historic debates about the complementary relationship between position and momentum on the one hand, and determinacy and indeterminacy on the other.  In quantum mechanics, that relationship is mediated by an experimental apparatus through which the experimenter observes the phenomenon in question; in Collocations, the tablet computer is that experimental apparatus, and the user’s choice to manipulate either its position or momentum allows certain poetic texts to become determinate at the expense of others.  As the user manipulates the device in space, certain words from within Bohr and Einstein’s original texts begin to vibrate, becoming highlighted and forming poetic subtexts.  Striking a delicate balance between completely predetermined and randomly generated texts, these poems embody the fundamental indeterminacy of matter without sacrificing poetic agency.  At the intersection of science, art, language and code, Collocations posits a new quantum poetics that disrupts classical notions of textuality and offers new possibilities for reading.The experimental findings of quantum mechanics in the early 20th century constituted a profound disruption of prevailing world views whose reverberations continue to be felt today.  Building on the transdisciplinary work of particle physicist and feminist theorist Karen Barad, Collocations develops a quantum poetics by reading the scientific and philosophical implications of quantum mechanics across the disciplines of experimental literature and interactive media arts.  If quantum mechanics radically undermines the classical picture of the world described by Newtonian mechanics and Cartesian metaphysics, the successful translation of quantum mechanics from a physical theory into a textual system must reconceive classical notions of authorship, textuality and the act of reading itself.

 

Luke Pendrell, “Ignis Fatuus (Ghost Light)” (film screening with possible reading)

“Plagiarism is necessary. Progress depends on it. It sticks close to an author’s phrasing, exploits his expressions, deletes a false idea, replaces it with the right one. Détournement is the opposite of quotation...” (Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, 1967)  Ignis Fatuus takes Debord’s imperative at its word by appropriating and reworking the text of his seminal 1967 text ‘The society of The Spectacle’. The reconfigured text is collaged with a staccato monochromatic montage of subliminal images and cinematic fragments; the hyper-detritus of consumer capitalism over scored with an unsettling soundtrack of glitch and rupture. “The flat eclecticism of the New Aesthetic and the Post-Internet generation—an endlessly multifarious universe that comes prequantified into discrete and isomorphic tumblr thumbnails.” (Mackay, Pendrell and Trafford, Speculative Aesthetics, 2014) The uncannily prescient spectre of Debord haunts the footage throughout. A malign revenant, its scabrous critique as caustically damning of contemporary interactive media as it once was of film and television. More than just Derridean word games or mournful ‘Hauntological’ nostalgia for lost radicalism, Ignis Fatuus conjures ghostly echoes and disturbing undercurrents in contemporary life, a dark parallax to the perception of social media as a benign creative space of opportunity and friendship. The ghost, rather than supernatural relic of a primitive age, is an increasingly prevalent aspect of the modern world. Immateriality and spectrality are axiomatic to the digital realms we inhabit. Life has become an immense accumulation of ghosts. Everything that was once directly lived is now haunted by itself.

Edwin Torres, “On the Precipice of Edge and Trigger” (solo presentation)

Out of the layers presented in the form of our bodies, in the guise of our skin — are the valleys between each layer. The peaks at the center of each motion, from step to step, is the movement that calls itself human. The layers we present are the edges that make us human. To be human is not to define but to be. To be poet is to undefine…beginning with the edges we present. The imaginary page — my identity, my story — the one at the margins. The corners I view from safe distances, such as — not here. I'd like to present a 20 minute talk exploring the tools poets use to extend past the seeming edges of language and to articulate the rich “between” spaces – between sound and definition, body and nation – that drive our poetry in hidden, powerful ways. Where does the body leave the poet in the making of the poem? Where does the voice replace the body in the creating of the poet? The sensory imperfections of the world are the transitory episodes that envelop, contain and release you. Your edge is incredibly porous, your existence, unfolding within it. Your skin doesn’t keep the universe away. Instead it is the edge that joins your existence to everything else. And this conference is an exchange of supernatural edges — using language as the trigger to our edge.

Jhave

My talk (adapted from and utilizing some material intended for  the cancelled 'Speculative Academies' panel) will outline and demonstrate (with a speed screen-reading and a skid across an algorithmic map) a tentative methodological path for augmented exploratory writing that attempts to retain and reframe the author in an era of entropic machines.  


Moderators
avatar for Abraham Avnisan

Abraham Avnisan

Instructor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Abraham Avnisan is an experimental writer whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text, and code. Each of his projects seeks to appropriate and reinterpret a particular thinker, idea or theoretical field that challenges us to reconsider the most fundamental ways in which we understand ourselves and the world around us. He has presented his work at the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2014 Hold the Light conference, the... Read More →

Speakers
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Jhave

Glia.ca
David Jhave Johnston: digital poet, uses algorithms as aesthetic tools. His work reconciles computation, emotion, concepts, and the ancient idea of poet-artist as conduit. Current research: poetry generation using machine learning. Assistant Professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. http://glia.ca
avatar for Luke Pendrell

Luke Pendrell

Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton
Luke Pendrell is an artist and writer based in England with an interest in experimental collage exploring the interstices of science, technology and the supernatural. Work has been exhibited internationally since the 1990’s at amongst others; Le Salle de Legion d’honneur, Paris; MoMi, New York and The Barbican, London. Recent projects include the edited volume 'Speculative Aesthetics' published by Urbanomic... Read More →
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Edwin Torres

Lingualisualist, Brainlingo
Edwin Torres is a ‘lingualisualist’ rooted in the languages of sight and sound—as graphic designer and poet, his work interweaves territories outside the lines. He is the author of seven books including, Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), In The Function Of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books) and The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books). A native of New York City, he... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Generator Bldg

10:00am

Transfers
The techniques of transferring an image to a surface (or an image from one support to another) are part and parcel of the history of art, yet this international panel wishes to concentrate on the interrelations between the arts and poetry today, and namely on how poetry transfers visuality into page-based language. It will seek to discuss the tendencies of conceptual and post-conceptual writing to transfer the language of the arts to the language of poetry and, specifically, to the language of the page. This panel will also be a way to reassess and critique the problematic relationships between the arts and poetry in the most recent poetry: why and how does current poetry need to borrow the categories, the name, and the techniques of preexisting art movements? Questions of interest for this panel will be: how does poetry accommodate visual, definitional and linguistic transfers? How does poetry play with digital material (visual or otherwise) when it seeks to transfer it to the page? What does the visual space of a page mean to a poet today? And how does a book become a grammatical box? 

Frances Richard will revisit Lucy Lippard's essay "Escape Attempts" (1996), her critical look back at Conceptualism. Olivier Brossard will examine Morten Søndergaard's Wordpharmacy, and talk about the transformation of the space of the book into that of the book-object, transferring the poetic consideration of grammar to the language of the box. Vincent Broquawill examine the work of Robert Fitterman, Caroline Bergvall, Ellie Ga and Jena Osman and their many transfers from art shows, multimedia pieces to the page. Martin Glaz Serup will look into how documentary and pseudo-documentary strategies are applied concerning found material and how it is distributed on the page, in the works of Heimrad Bäcker, Åke Hodell and Esther Dischereit.

Moderators
avatar for Vincent Broqua

Vincent Broqua

Professor / writer / translator, Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis
Vincent Broqua is a Professor at Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint Denis. His research focuses on North-American experimental writing and arts. | His book *A partir de rien: esthétique, politique et poétique de l'infime* was published in 2013. | He is also a translator (David Antin, Charles Bernstein, Jen Bervin, Caroline Bergvall, Thalia Field, Anne Waldman, Rosmarie Waldrop...) and a writer: *Given* (roman pour s.) and *même... Read More →

Speakers
OB

Olivier Brossard

Olivier Brossard is an Associate professor at Université de Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée, where he teaches North-American literature. He has written extensively on Frank O'Hara and many contemporary poets. He is a translator (David Antin, John Ashbery, Thalia Field, Frank O'Hara, Morten Søndergaard, Keith Waldrop ...). He is the director of Edition Joca Seria's American series, which publishes American poetry in translation. 2000, Olivier... Read More →
avatar for Celia Galey-Gambier

Celia Galey-Gambier

Fulbright scholar, UC, San Diego
Celia Galey-Gambier is a doctoral candidate at Paris-Diderot University. Her research on Jackson Mac Low’s intermedial production focuses in particular on the question of performance. She is currently a Visiting Researcher at UC, San Diego as a Fulbright scholar, and lives in San Francisco.
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Frances Richard

Frances Richard is the author of Anarch. (Futurepoem, 2013), The Phonemes (Les Figues Press, 2012), and See Through (Four Way Books, 2003), as well as the chapbooks Shaved Code (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008) and Anarch. (Woodland Editions, 2008). The Anarch. Film Project, a collaboration in which filmmakers produce original short films in dialogue with the poems inAnarch., is ongoing... Read More →
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Martin Glaz Serup

Martin Glaz Serup lives in Copenhagen. He has published seven children’s books, several chapbooks, as well as seven collections of poetry, most recently Roman nights (2013, published in Sweden 2014), of which excerpts in English are published in Action Yes and Poetry Wales, and the long poem The Field (2010), which was also published in USA (2011), Sweden (2012) and Finland (2014). In 2013 Serup published his first book-length theoretical... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Lund

10:00am

Occult Geographies
In our creative-critical presentation, we ask how the occult, as geography, is a making of energy that creates, represents, contains and contests the narratives lived as and through our bodies. Our presentation will explore occult geographies as both concept and artistic practice in its material, theoretical and textual manifestations and valences.  

We will interweave our pieces as a performative reading that seeks to amplify the presentation’s arguments and inquiries. In the place of a single-authored and delivered paper, we offer a collaborative, contrapuntal engagement that embodies the constitutive practices we discuss in our presentation. We ask how the occult, what often remains hidden or beyond our allowed knowledges and understandings, is a navigating force that invites us to embody alternative epistemological and narrative perspectives.

We ask how tracing occult geographies may catapult us into a different destiny and reform our bodies and ways of being. We explore how such attentions make visible embedded forms of state violence, including the built-environment and its manufactured realities. In accord, we analyze narrative treatments of the body as a polluted site and divining rod in contested social spaces. 

We examine the 19th century Victorian practice of using female clairvoyants to perform psychic explorations. Thus, how do female writers negotiate an audience that expects, condemns, and craves her otherworldliness? Further, we turn to current work on non-human materialisms and its challenge to humanist-centered discourses to map how what we inhale, swallow, rub against and commune with are often less-visible or avowed agents in our lives. 

Speakers
HA

Harold Abramowitz

Harold Abramowitz is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His books include Blind Spot (forthcoming from Les Figues Press), Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies & Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will(with Amanda Ackerman, forthcoming from Bon Aire Projects), Not Blessed, and Dear Dearly Departed. Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs, and writes and edits as part of... Read More →
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Amanda Ackerman

Amanda Ackerman is the author of the chapbooks The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot #8), and Short Stones (Dancing Girl Press).   She has co-authored Sin is to Celebration (House Press), the Gauss PDF UNFO Burns a Million Dollars, and the forthcoming novel Man’s Wars And Wickedness (Bon... Read More →
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Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody’s books include Maison Femme (a collaboration with Vanessa Place), Requiem, and three chapbooks: I Can Feel, Eye Hole Adore and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne. She is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press and is currently pursuing a PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
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Andrea Quaid

Andrea Quaid is co-editor of Acts + Encounters, a collection of works about experimental writing and community. Recent critical and creative publications include the American Book Review, BOMBlog, Jacket2, Lana Turner, LIT and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She teaches in Bard College’s MAT Program (Los Angeles) and Language & Thinking Program (New York).


Friday March 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Faculty Center

10:00am

Transconceptualisms / Transconceptualismos: Emergent Poetics in Spanish
Transconceptualisms: Emergent Poetics in Spanish 
Transconceptualismos: poéticas emergentes en español 

Reading / Round table 

At the turn of the 21st Century forces in literature engaged in a worldwide conversation upon aesthetic values, particularly un/originality within the craft of writing. In 2012, Vanessa Place referred to conceptualisms as “the first international literary movement.”  Mexican author and artist Ulises Carrion (1941-1989) wrote that “plagiarism is the starting point of creativity in the new art.” These moments in writing point out to the dawning of a conversation in which Spanish speaking writers have a clear voice and strong presence. We will read the works of experimental Spanish speaking writers shedding light upon the context of global conceptualisms.



Moderators
avatar for Marco Antonio Huerta

Marco Antonio Huerta

Student, UC San Diego
Marco Antonio Huerta is a poet and translator. Won the Carmen Alardín Poetry Award in 2005. Author of the poetry collections: La semana milagrosa (Conarte, 2006), Golden Boy (Letras de Pasto Verde, 2009), Hay un jardín (Tierra Adentro, 2009). During the summer of 2009 he decided to kill his own lyrical self. Magnitud/e (Gusanos de la nada, 2012) is a poem-in-progress written together with Sara Uribe and translated into English by John Pluecker... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Román Luján

Román Luján

University of California, Los Angeles
Román Luján is a Mexican poet and translator. National Poetry Award 1997 Abigael Bohorquez for "Instrucciones para hacerse el valiente" (2000), National Poetry Award Francisco Cervantes 2005 for "Deshuesadero" (2006), and National Poetry Award Amado Nervo 2013 for "Alud (in press). Other books of poetry include "Aspa Viento" (2003) in collaboration with Jordi Boldó, and "Drâstel" (2011 and 2015). Coeditor of the anthologies "Esos que no... Read More →
avatar for Hugo García Manríquez

Hugo García Manríquez

freelance translator
Born in Mexico, Hugo García Manríquez lives in Oakland. His most recent publications in English are Two Poems (Oakland: Hooke Press, 2013) and Painting is Finite (LRL, 2012). In Spanish Hugo has published, No Oscuro Todavía (Práctica Mortal, 2005), and Los Materiales (Tierra Adentro, 2009). His forthcoming book is A-H. Anti-Humboldt, a bilingual work that intervenes the NAFTA/TLC agreement. His translations into... Read More →
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Carlos Soto-Román

Carlos Soto-Román is a poet and translator. A former resident of Philadelphia, PA he now hails from Santiago, Chile. He has published in Chile: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009), and in the US: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), Chile Project: [Re-classified] (Gauss-PDF, 2013), Alternative Set of... Read More →
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Sara Uribe

Sara Uribe was born in Querétaro, Mexico. She is the author of Lo que no imaginas (2004), Palabras más palabras menos (2006), and Nunca quise detener el tiempo (2007). Her most recent work Antigona Gonzalez addresses recent violent acts in Mexico through appropriation and intervention of testimonials.


Friday March 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Coffee House Theater

10:00am

Blast Radius Book Fair!
It's a book fair!

Moderators
Friday March 27, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Langley

10:00am

Which Witch Writer-in-Residence Program at the Saugus Cafe
Which Witch Writers-In-Residence: Which Witch Books  is partnering with the Saugus Cafe for a very special Writers-in-Residence weekend as part of the &NOW15 Literary Conference. We are inviting writers/artists/thinkers/do-ers to reserve a slot (minimum 30 minute commitment) at the Saugus Cafe, Santa Clarita's infamous old-time establishment, to work on a piece of writing/communicative artwork which will culminate in a publication produced by Which Witch.

The purpose of the Which Witch Writing Residency is to inspire new creative work. While CalArts will serve as the main site of activity during the &NOW conference, WW aims to reconnect its Writers-in-Residence to the unique environment and history of Santa Clarita Valley. 

The sole criterion for acceptance into the WW Writing Residency is willingness. 

The Saugus is open 24/hrs, serving diner food, coffee and beverages from its fully stocked bar.

If you would like to be a Which Witch Writer-in-Residence, please sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/which-witch-writers-in-residence-at-the-saugus-cafe-tickets-15748129078?aff=es2&rank=0 

 


Moderators
avatar for Emma Kemp

Emma Kemp

ultra-violent
avatar for Adriana Widdoes

Adriana Widdoes

Which Witch

Friday March 27, 2015 10:00am - 11:30pm
The Saugus Cafe 25861 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

11:30am

Mess o' Catfish: Four Working in the Solid South Attempting to Create a Neo-Regionalism of Innovative Writing Below the Bug Line
Mess o' Catfish: Four Working in the Solid South Attempting to Create a Neo-Regionalism of Innovative Writing Below the Bug Line

Finding ourselves in a solid south of traditional Southern Gothic Fiction and Agrarian Poetry, we are seeking to establish, in content and form, new renderings of Southern American voice and accent and in so doing reinvigorate the exhausted category of "Regional Writing." We will present our work and discuss its connections to the dynamic places that generate it and ways in which such work encourages and documents actual change in the cultural and physical landscape of the Old South.

Moderators
avatar for Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; the story collection Minor Robberies; and the novel Vacation, winner of the Cabell First Novel Award. Her work appears in Harper’s, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Granta, Conjunctions, and NOON. She has received three Pushcart Prizes and a grant from Creative Capital for... Read More →

Speakers
MM

Michael Martone

Michael Martone's newest book, Four for a Quarter, was published by FC2. Winesburg, Indiana will appear this summer. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and teaches at the university there.
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Anna Lena Phillips

Anna Lena Phillips's projects include A Pocket Book of Forms, a fine-press guide to poetic forms, and Forces of Attention, a series of printed objects designed to help people mediate interactions with screened devices. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in the Southern Poetry Anthology, Open Letters Monthly, International Poetry Review, and others. A contributing editor for American Scientist, she teaches in the creative writing department... Read More →
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Heidi Lynn Staples

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Alabama
Heidi Lynn Staples' debut collection, Guess Can Gallop, was selected by Brenda Hillman as a winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is author of three other collections, including Noise Event (Ahsahta, 2013), and her poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Women's Studies Quarterly and elsewhere. She co-edits Poets for Living Waters, an international poetry response to the BP oil... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Lund

11:30am

Resonances & Repetitions: Poetic Reverie and Space
This panel will explore literary practices that revolve around changing sensory capacities and spatial resonances, and consider both the written text and literary practice as a materiality that concretely affects and changes the body and atmosphere. Inspired by Gaston Bachelard's canonical texts, the panel brings together five female writers who work within, around, and between different physical and emotional spaces and who question what it means to articulate via language the specific resonances and repetitions of a space, the unique architectures of the body, and the associated memories and narratives of a place. From meditations on distance, memory, devastation, and the body, to looking at how text operates like scent—as porous, pouring from one body into another, confirming our existence as shared bodies, the panel will delve into the relationship between flesh, sense, and landscape in the writing practice.

Moderators
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Janice Lee

California Institute of the Arts
Janice Lee is a writer, artist, editor, designer, curator, and scholar. She is the author of Kerotakis (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), and Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013). She also has several chapbooks Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner (Parrot/Insert Press, September 2012), The Other Worlds (Eohippus Labs, June 2012), and The Transparent As Witness (Solar Luxuriance, 2013), a collaboration with Will Alexander. The... Read More →

Speakers
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Amanda Ackerman

Amanda Ackerman is the author of the chapbooks The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot #8), and Short Stones (Dancing Girl Press).   She has co-authored Sin is to Celebration (House Press), the Gauss PDF UNFO Burns a Million Dollars, and the forthcoming novel Man’s Wars And Wickedness (Bon... Read More →
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Sueyuen Juliet Lee

A Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, Sueyeun Juliette Lee's third book, Solar Maximum, will be out from Futurepoem in 2015. She was in residence in Norway and will be headed to Iceland as part of her ongoing video/text/object project LIGHT DISTANCE WAVE. A long meditation on distance, memory, devastation, and the body, LIGHT DISTANCE WAVE unites her movement practice related to the traditional salp'uri dance... Read More →
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Shoshana Seidman

Shoshana Seidman received her BA in Writing/Literature from UCSD. She has taught elementary school in LAUSD via Teach for America, tried out law school, waited tables at an iconic LA restaurant, and now works in graphic design. Plus: always writing. Life is full of magical realism and monsters that eat cookies, so she believes everything will be okay.  A Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, Sueyeun Juliette... Read More →
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Laura Vena

Laura Vena is a writer, artist, curator and translator whose work has appeared in Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, Antennae and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Critical Studies from CalArts and is interested in works of a fantastic nature and those that investigate the ethical and aesthetic considerations of... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
F200

11:30am

Volatile Translations
Many translation discussions and discourses are still concerned with the act of translation: Is it possible? How is it done? Keeping such essential questions in mind, this panel will address a related question: What happens next? What does a translation do? How does it move (across boundaries and bodies)? How does an age of globalization, US imperialism, global wars and ecological crises affect the way we think about the translation and circulation of literary texts? Instead of thinking in the traditional model of replication and imitation, we will look at translation as part of a volatile literary model that challenges normative notions of nationality, authorhsip, monolinguality, textual producition and simplistic notions of cultural difference. Instead of asking if translation is possible, we will look at its excesses, vulnerabilities, intensities, transgressions, disruptions, and homeopathic possibilities. If translation is impossible, we will explore these threatening, seductive and crucial impossibilities.

Moderators
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Johannes Göransson

Johannes Göransson is the author of six books, most recently The Sugar Book, a lyric novel from Tarpaulin Sky Press. He is the US translator of Aase Berg. He teaches at Notre Dame and co-edits Action Books.

Speakers
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Christian Hawkey

Christian Hawkey is a poet, writer, educator, translator, editor, and activist. He's written/translated/collaborated on numerous books, including Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and Sonne from Ort (Kookbooks, 2013). He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. He designed and directs Pratt Institute's new MFA in Writing.
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Jen Hofer

Antena
Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her latest translations include the chapbook En las maravillas/In Wonder (Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2012) and Ivory Black, a translation of Negro marfil by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues Press 2011). Her latest homemade... Read More →
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Lucas de Lima

PhD student, University of Pennsylvania
Lucas de Lima is the author of two chapbooks and the full-length Wet Land (Action Books), named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by Dennis Cooper, Entropy, Coldfront, The Volta, and Philadelphia Review of Books. As a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Penn, he works on indigenous cosmopolitics and Latin American literature.


Friday March 27, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Faculty Center

11:30am

Under the Imperfect Sun: A San Diego Community Occupation
San Diego is a place marked by liminality, occupying the bottom corner of the United States and the shared border with Mexico. Its genealogy includes some of the heroines & heroes of art pushing genre out of bounds, including Kathy Acker, Eleanor Antin, David Antin, Rae Armantrout, John Cage, Juan Felipe Herrera, Fanny Howe, Hiromi Ito, Eileen Myles, Jerome Rothenberg, Roberto Tejada, Rodrigo Toscano, and Quincy Troupe. The current San Diego literary-‐‐performing-‐‐art community is defined by its defiance of genre categorization, a vibrant collaborative spirit, and an engagement with border-‐‐crossing artistic activity. San Diego’s verbal artists have moved their work in the direction of embodied performance, live translation, magical incantation, theoretical investigation, anthropocene territory, and political action, signaling their place at the contested vanguard of contemporary practice.  This reading-‐‐performance by current San Diego artists will interrogate sole authorship, page-‐‐based writing, geographical borders, and the limitations of language and genre.  

Participants:
Kiik A.K. 
Adam Bishop
Ben Doller
Sandra Doller
Brad Flis
Yelena Gluzman
Kendall Grady
Gabriel Kalmuss-Katz
Kylie King
Kim Koga
Nicolee Kuester
Grant Leuning
Feliz Lucia Molina
Allie Moreno
Pepe Rojo 
Ben Segal
Ethan Sparks
Anna Joy Springer
Jose Antonia Villaran
Steve Willard
Brett Zehner

Moderators
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Ben Doller

Assistant Professor, UCSD, Designer/Vice Editor, 1913, etcetera
Ben Doller is the author of three books of poems, most recently Dead Ahead (Fence Books). His newest work is Fauxhawk, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. He teaches at University of California, San Diego, and Vice edits/designs for 1913.
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Sandra Doller

Associate Professor, California State University-San Marcos, founder & editrice de 1913 Press, 1913 Press
Sandra Doller is a maker of books, chapbooks, performances, translations, and collaborations. Her new work, Leave Your Body Behind, is due out from Les Figues Press in May 2015. The founder & editrice of 1913 Press & 1913 a journal of forms, Doller lives in California, at the bottom.

Speakers
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Yelena Gluzman

Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego
Talk to me about documenting performance, about theater as theory, about theory as method, about science as practice, about critical cognitive science, about pedagogy as not-knowing, about Feminist Theory Theater (FTT!).
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Pepe Rojo

Pepe Rojo writes in Mexican and English as there is no other way to go at it in Tijuana, where he has spent most of his life for the past 8 years. He has published 4 books in Mexican, and spent the nineties in Mexico City’s underground press movida, where he also co-directed a series of interventions called “You don’t exist” (with Deyanira Torres). In Tijuana, he directed the graphic intervention “Philosophical Dictionary of Tijuana... Read More →
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Jose Antonio Villaran

jose antonio villarán (perú-méxico-estados unidos: 1979) is the author of "la distancia es siempre la misma" (matalamanga, 2006) and "el cerrajero" (álbum del universo bakterial, 2012). in 2008, he created the amlt project (www.amltproject.com), which seeks to explore alternative media for writing through collective and site-specific interventions. the project was sponsored by puma from 2011-2014. he's currently finishing this thesis for the... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Bijou

11:30am

Contemporary Book Arts: Analog Technologies and Alternative Economies
Textuality is an extension of materiality, which aids in producing textual meaning. While we think of contemporary material as digital, analog technologies—book arts—continue to thrive and expand in academic and independent contexts. 

The history of artists’ books “cannot be separated from…the historical avant-garde,” as Johanna Drucker argues. This history also includes a genealogy of small presses invested in alternative modes of printing and distribution. Recently, book arts have been influenced by the intersection between the avant-garde tradition and concerns about production, dissemination, and readership. 

This panel looks at contemporary book arts from varying vantage points. Author and editor Michael Cross will consider micro-presses and their print output as crucial intervention into the notion of book distribution as a “market.” Independent bookmaker Chris Dunsmore will demonstrate how his own work exemplifies tensions within the field: between precious and accessible, trade or gift economy and a work’s value, audience and community. Letterpress printer and instructor April Sheridan will give academic perspective on such projects as her “high low tech” class, which hybridizes lasers and 3D printers with traditional book arts, and a project-based poetics class, which equips writers with graphic and haptic skills. And literature scholar Anne M. Royston will propose a reading of literary theory through the lens of materiality and production.

Moderators
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Anne M. Royston

Anne M. Royston is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature at the University of Utah, where she studies with Craig Dworkin. She is currently writing her dissertation on the intersection of philosophy and artists' books and pursuing a Book Arts Certificate. She was also the winner of the 2013 Beechers Magazine Poetry Prize, judged by Lyn Hejinian.

Speakers
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Michael Cross

Michael Cross is the author of In Felt Treeling (Chax, 2008), Haecceities (Cuneiform Press, 2010),The Katechon 1-100 (Delete Press, 2012), and the forthcoming chapbook Katechon 3 (Vigilance Society, 2015). He is the one-time editor of Atticus/Finch chapbooks and current editor of Compline and On: Contemporary Practice (w/ Thom Donovan). Other projects include Involuntary Vision: after Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Avenue B, 2003), Building is a... Read More →
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Chris Dunsmore

Chris Dunsmore lives, writes, and makes books in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received an MFA in Creative Writing and Book Arts from the University of Utah in 2013.
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April Sheridan

April Sheridan is the Special Projects Coordinator at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and teaches in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department. As a letterpress printer, she is interested in the artistic possibilities of the broadside and the possibilities of the future of book arts. She currently serves on the boards of the American Printing History Association (Inland Chapter), the Chicago Printers Guild, and the... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 11:30am - 1:15pm
Generator Bldg

12:45pm

Architextural Attunement: Writing as a Plastic Art

Can we think of writing as a plastic art? Does the sentence enact a type of architecture, one that wholly immerses the reader? Can poetry attune to the reader, linking hir nervous system to the author’s, even if long dead?

I am interested in thinking about a (queer) somatic writing practice where language can be thought through clay: where plasticity, texture, contour, and spatial command become three-dimensional features of a written text. By theorizing poetics via ceramics, I hope to discuss how syntax, cadence, and tone act as visceral appendages, ones that have the potential to embrace the reader in a non-cognitive, anti-capitalist, sensuous exchange: an embodiment of the author hirself. This presentation will occur in an art studio—or we will create an art studio together, wherever we are—equipped with a piece of clay at each audience member’s seat: to work and mold as I talk. Each participant’s plastic art will become a point of departure for continuing conversation.

Topics, research, and theories discussed will consist of: Queer Phenomenology (Sara Ahmed); The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance (Bifo Berardi); The Matter of Capital (Christopher Nealon); Music for Porn (Rob Halpern); the works of Melissa Buzzeo and Bhanu Kapil; Interaction of Color (Josef Albers); Feeling and Form (Suzanne Langer); Habeus Viscus (Alexander Weheliye) theories of biopolitics by Foucault; architectural writings of Arakawa and Gins; anthropological writings of Ellen Dissanayake. And more.

Valuing visceral exchange over cognitive knowledge, this presentation/workshop would take the tone and form of a meditative reading: an immersion in “architextural space.”


Moderators
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JH Phrydas

Co-Founding Editor, Tract/Trace
JH Phrydas is a writer and researcher currently living in the montane region of the Rocky Mountains. Phrydas was raised by his birth family in Atlanta and queer family in the Bay Area. After years of travel à la Jean Genet, he was generously awarded grants to study writing and somatics under the guidance of Bhanu Kapil. He currently works as a writing tutor at CU Boulder and has recent creative and critical prose in Aufgabe, Fact-Simile... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Main Gallery

1:00pm

Lunch!
Friday March 27, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm

1:00pm

Un Texto Sobre Arte Contemporáneo/A Text About Contemporary Art

In three writing sessions during the &Now Festival, Guido Ignatti will compose a text about contemporary art. He’ll be alone in a room on the CalArts campus with only a typewriter, some paper, and a pencil. The scene will be streamed on a website announced on a placard to &Now participants. After the third writing session, on the final day of the festival, Ignatti will frame the typescript and hang it next to the placard. 

Ignatti’s performance makes visible the struggle to conceive ideas and put thoughts to paper while isolated from many of the apparatuses and functions that determine writing today. He’ll go without the Internet, his computer, and Control+Z. Since this will be the first time that he’ll use a typewriter, the performance may be as much about his physical interaction with the device as it is about his intellectual work. Writing about the present using a device from another era, Ignatti’s site-specific performance evokes CalArts’ long history of fostering experimental artistic and literary practices. 

The performance can be seen during the listed times on www.guidoignatti.com.ar 


Moderators
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Patrick Greaney

Patrick Greaney is the author of Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art (University of Minnesota, 2014), Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin(University of Minnesota, 2008), and essays on modern and contemporary art and literature in Europe, Latin America, and the US. He has curated exhibitions at MCA Denver, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Counterpath Gallery, and his translations from... Read More →

Artists
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Guido Ignatti

Most of Guido Ignatti’s works are ephemeral, site‐specific and time-based installations that explore the tensions between conceptualism and raw materiality. Since 2008, he has exhibited widely in Argentina, and has participated in exhibitions in London and Barcelona. He is the cofounder and coeditor of the magazine Sauna - revista de arte, and he is the coordinator for temporary public art exhibitions for the city of Buenos Aires. He lives... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
D206

1:45pm

Thresholds
THRESHOLDS uses layered voices, vocal processors, a variety of sampled sounds, pre-recorded tracks, live vocal play, and projections of poems to trouble the boundaries between sight and sound, languages, and poems as discrete entities. The poems, which act like scores, are transformed from the architectural spatial environment of the page into the aural architecture of a room’s environment, exploring how listening is textural. By also simultaneously offering a contrasting, competing and sparse video of the poem’s textual score (created by collaborator and multimedia artist Jessie Altura) -- a projection that is to the side of the audience’s field of vision -- the audience will be able to experience being in a space of in-between, immersed in the spatialized words and sounds, yet inhabiting the space along the boundaries of the visual poems. 

Speakers
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Oana Avasilichioaei

Oana Avasilichioaei’s most recent book, Limbinal (upcoming Spring 2015), is a hybrid poetic collection of prose fragments, incantatory dialogues, photographs and rebellious translations (of Paul Celan’s Romanian poems), versions of which have already appeared in video and sound work format. Her previous work has also traversed textual architecture, orality and multilingualism (We, Beasts, 2012), translation and collaborative performance... Read More →



Friday March 27, 2015 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Coffee House Theater

2:30pm

(Dis)Embodiment: Digital Performance Remix
Our panel will engage with embodiment and disembodiment through a series of performances, readings, and screenings that make use of bodies both as the form and the content of our projects, and that present these bodies (or lack thereof) as remixed in conjunction with digital video "texts." The panel will follow a narrative arc from full embodiment to complete absence of body via the following presentations:  

Amber Bemak’s performance employs her own body as textual surface to be read in conjunction with a film component in order to consider the ways in which a text can come to occupy a body—physically, literally—to be read by other bodies exploring language that finds its landscape in skin.

Through a combination of fractured photographic self-portraits, personal essay, reading, and disrupted video display of the essay text, Raphael Dagold’s reading/performance asks what a body experiences in alcohol-induced blackout, and what are the consequences for that body’s memory and sense of self? 

Partially inspired by Fluxus chance operations, Matt Kirkpatrick’s project "Buy One, Get One," uses PowerPoint, performance, and audience participation to celebrate and satirize how organizations target bodies for direct marketing.

Ali Rachel Pearl’s screening, a film remix of found and personal footage of the desert absence of humans, accompanied by a disembodied voice over, asks how a body disappears into the desert to become nothing but a combination of text fragments appropriated from the love letters of other bodies, other writers, present only in their remixed absence? 

Moderators
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Ali Rachel Pearl

Assistant Lecturer, University of Southern California
Ali Rachel Pearl is currently a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Southern California where she works in the fields of contemporary literature, electronic literature, and media arts. Her prose, book reviews, photos, and other work can be seen at Pilot Light, The Fiddleback, LIES/ISLE, The Journal, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.

Speakers
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Amber Bemak

Amber Bemak is a video artist, filmmaker, and performance artist whose work has been shown domestically and internationally at venues including the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Rubin Museum of Art, and dOCUMENTA 13. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Sophia College (Bombay), Kathmandu University (Kathmandu), and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She... Read More →
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Raphael Dagold

Raphael Dagold is the author of Bastard Heart (Silverfish Review Press 2014); his poems, fables, and photographs have appeared in Frank, Indiana Review, Northwest Review, and other publications. He has won fellowships and awards from the Ucross Foundation, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and has taught writing and literature at Lewis and Clark College, the University of Utah, and other institutions... Read More →
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Matt Kirkpatrick

Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University
Matthew Kirkpatrick is the author of Light without Heat (FC2) and The Exiles (Ricochet Editions). He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University.


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

2:30pm

Performing Typo-Graphic Literature
Author/Artists perform LIVE presentations of their recent works of visual literature. 

Visual poet/book artist and cultural critic Johanna Drucker performs her Stochastic Poetics, written using material from Aristotle’s poetics, complex systems theory, and an account of a reading in the cacophony of a Los Angeles art event. The book is a letter-
press performance of emergent phenomena; texts emerge and configure, then dissolve or are reconfigured in overprinted pages. Using the work as a score, Drucker’s sound perfor-mance reinforces the presence of language as material, as immanence and potentiality.

Writer/designer/multimedia artist Warren Lehrer presents a performance/reading of his illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley containing 101 books within it, all “written” by his author protagonist who is in prison looking back on his life and career. In his funny, thought provoking performance, Lehrer presents evidence of Mobley’s Life in Books via his book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts.

Writer/media artist Samantha Gorman and interdisciplinary artist Danny Cannizzaro perform excerpts of Pry, a hybrid novella composed for tablet media. Invoking haptic gesture, expanded cinema, interaction design and literary arts, Pry moves seamlessly among words and images to explore layers of consciousness. Six years ago, James—a demolition consultant—returned from the Gulf War. Six months ago, his vision began to fail. Pinch James’ eyes open and witness his external world. Crunch down the text and dive into his subconscious.

Moderators
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Warren Lehrer

Co-Director, EarSay
Warren Lehrer is a writer/designer known as a pioneer of visual literature and design authorship. He has received many awards for his books and multimedia projects including the Brendan Gill Prize, the IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, the Best New Fiction Award (USA Best Books), three AIGA Book Awards, a Media That Matters Award, and grants and fellowships from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Rockefeller, Ford... Read More →

Speakers
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Danny Cannizzaro

Tender Claws
Tender Claws is an art collective and studio working at the intersection of writing, art and technology.
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Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker is a visual poet and book artist who has published and lectured widely on topics related to digital humanities and aesthetics, visual forms of knowledge produc-tion, concrete poetry, graphic design, and contemporary art. Drucker’s artist’s books and projects were the subject of a traveling retrospective, Druckworks: 40 years of books and projects, that began at Columbia College in Chicago in 2012. Her works are... Read More →
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Samantha Gorman

Founder Tender Claws/Ph.D Research Fellow, USC/Tender Claws
Samantha Gorman is a writer and artist who works at the intersection of text, cinema, performance and digital culture. With Danny Cannizzaro she founded the art collective/publishing initiative Tender Claws. Tender Claws’ most recent release is PRY: a hybrid of cinema, game and novel created for mobile iOS (prynovella.com). PRY won the New Media Writing Prize 2015 and was a Future of Storytelling Prize finalist, IGF finalist for... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Rose Secoming
This is a collaborative image-music-text performance/reading that responds to the experience of female aging. Faced with linguistic and literary traditions that lack the rich vocabularies to describe female aging, we juxtapose different mediums and genres within these mediums to express this liminal space. The piece’s hybrid form reflects an attempt to suture a language in order to shape an artistic body corresponding to the processes that constitute a shifting identity. The title refers both to the rose's traditional and mythic associations with feminine beauty and also to the completion of a passage between succumbing and becoming. 

Received notions of beauty are a central theme in this piece, signaled in part through the recurring image of a rose. This traditional and mythic symbol of feminine beauty dates back at least to the Roman de la Rose (1230), in which a rose and a woman merge. This piece also engages standard notions of beauty through its formal construction, which questions the traditional aesthetic values of continuity, coherence, and symmetry. 

We hope to express an aspect of female experience for which our language is incomplete by juxtaposing and interweaving lyric, narrative, sonic, and visual elements; to create an artistically sound and persuasive home for a perspective on female aging that falls outside the currently prevailing social norms.

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Matthew Carey collaborated with Shira Dentz in the expansion of her poem in Rose Secoming, “Sisyphusina,” into a multi-media piece.   He is an artist residing in Troy NY, where he is pursing a Masters in Electronic Arts. While formally trained as a composer and pianist, his interests lie in all forms of self-expression, performance, and art dealing with ecologies. 

Speakers
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Celia Bland

International Coordinator/ Writer in Residence, Institute for Writing and Thinking
Celia Bland teaches poetry at Bard College, where she is Writer-in-Residence and the International Coordinator for the Institute of Writing and Thinking. In the last year she has led workshops in Berlin, Vilnius, the West Bank, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is the author of Soft Box: Poems (CavanKerry), which won ForeWord magazine’s Silver Medal, and Madonna Comix (f8), a word & image collaboration with artist Dianne... Read More →
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Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz is a poet and hybridist, and the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman, 2011), and door of thins (CavanKerry Press, 2013), as well as a chapbook, Leaf Weather (Tilt Press/Shearsman). Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in many journals including in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and New American Writing, and have been featured online at The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day Series, NPR... Read More →
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Kathy High

Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science and art. She works with animals and living systems, considering the social, political and ethical dilemmas surrounding the areas of medicine/bio-science, biotechnology and interspecies collaborations. She has received awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her art... Read More →
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Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros (1932) is a composer and improviser who performs extensively locally and in many parts of the world in a variety of venues. Her music is performed widely as well by many notable musicians and ensembles. Her works are recorded and available through download sites, cassette, CD, DVD, and Vinyl releases. Recent compositions include Concerto for Bass Drum and Ensemble commissioned by International Contemporary Ensemble and... Read More →


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

2:30pm

Friends of JEF
A literary event featuring authors and friends of JEF: Journal of Experimental Fiction, publisher of the foremost in fiction.

Moderators
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Eckhard Gerdes

Publisher, JEF Books/Depth Charge Publishing
I have spent my life in pursuit of the best in Experimental Fiction: innovative fiction that avoids the lowest common denominator and that only the writer, of all people who have ever lived, could have produced.

Speakers
avatar for Tantra Bensko

Tantra Bensko

Instructor, UCLA X Writing Program
Tantra will employ full audience participation for the event to play with the somatics of writing, reading, and hearing literature, how using the body to write it helps with focus awareness of how it is received in the body of the reader or listener. | | Tantra Bensko, MFA, teaches fiction writing with UCLA X Writing Program, Writers College, and her own academy, as well as editing manuscripts. | | Her latest book is Equinox Mirror, a... Read More →
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Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová

Xeňa Stanislavovna Semjonová is a poet, artist, and a translator living in New York City. Originally from Slovakia, she has performed in venues such as New York’s Dixon Place Theater, Bowery Poetry Club, The Poetry Project, Michelle Tea’s RADAR in San Francisco, SPECTRUM NYC, Strange Maine, Happy Endings, GRRRLS on FILM, and others. She is currently working on her first full-length novel entitled SHE, and is the... Read More →
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Yuriy Tarnawsky

Independent Thinker, Noco
Hard to read fiction, hard to stage plays, hard to get poetry, hard to publish essays.


Friday March 27, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Coffee House Theater

2:30pm

And Those That Don't Survive?
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

Moderators
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Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and was a participant in Sharon Bridgforth's Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Soul Mountain Retreat... Read More →

Speakers
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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 elsewhere. In 2008, two of her poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s collecting strays from the side... Read More →
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Soham Patel

Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow. Two of her chapbooks, 'and nevermind the storm' (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and 'Riva: A Chapter' (kitchen-shy press) came out in 2013. Her work has been featured at Fact-Simile Editions, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly and various other places.  She is currently a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.


Friday March 27, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
F200

4:00pm

Narrative Fragments: Art, Language, Algorithm
We are interested in language on the Internet, how it is created, by whom, where it exists, and how it is used. Three examples: Google reads our emails, garners information from our personal messages and uses that profiling strategy to select “relevant” ads. It then displays those ads on the screen next to the very emails from which the information was initially taken. Facebook and other social media platforms use similar methods of securing and storing data — data that is paradoxically private and public, and all personal. Further, crowd-sourced encyclopedias like Wikipedia are shaping the way we read, learn, and think. Language is what links all of these sites together. All of the sites’ underlying organization and structures have been built to follow the logic we ourselves employ in using language. “Robots” read content, algorithms interpret it and databases memorize it. The impact of this process is no longer confined to the Internet, but has reached beyond it into our everyday lives. 

“Narrative Fragments” will start the discussion with an introduction of American Psycho, an artist book we produced in 2011. American Psycho was created by sending the entirety of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho through GMail, one page at a time. We collected the ads that appeared next to each email and used them to annotate the original text, page by page. When printing it as a perfect bound book, we erased the body of Ellis’ text and left only chapter titles and constellations of our added footnotes. What remains is American Psycho, told through its chapter titles and annotated relational GMail ads.

“Narrative” Fragments will continue with a broader discourse on the practices and implications of networks like Google, Facebook and Wikipedia, and the ways they affect our understanding of language. We have assembled a panel of artists, critics, and writers who will address this phenomenon from their own research and interests. The core question of this panel is: What can we learn about the invisible and mutable algorithms and structures that dominate our participation on the internet? The discussion will provide a richer perspective on the way language behaves online, and aims to uncover the systems that are changing the way we speak, think, read and learn.

Moderators
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Mimi Cabell

Mimi Cabell was born in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. She received her BFA in photography from Ryerson University, an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a second MFA in electronic writing from Brown University. She has shown her work in New York, Providence, Stuttgart, Germany, and Toronto, and presented at conferences in Edinburgh, London, Paris, and at MIT. Recently she received an Academic Commons Grant from the Rhode Island... Read More →

Speakers
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Liat Berdugo

Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Her work strives to create an expanded, thoughtful consideration for digital culture. Berdugo has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and her new book, The Everyday Maths, was published by Anomalous Press in 2013. She curates video art for Print Screen, Israel’s international festival of digital art, co-founded the Bay Area’s Living Room Light... Read More →
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Jason Huff

Artist
Jason Huff lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His works explore our relationship to technology with language, everyday objects, and the internet. His projects are included in the Library of the Printed Web and in the Special Collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2012 Traumawien Press published a limited edition of his collaborative text-based work, American Psycho. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in museums... Read More →
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Nicholas O’Brien

Nicholas O’Brien is a net-based artist, curator, and writer. His work has appeared and featured in several publications including ARTINFO, Rhizome at the New Museum, Junk Jet, Sculpture Magazine, Dazed Digital, The Creators Project, DIS, Frieze d/e, San Francisco Art Quarterly, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Times. Currently he teaches as a visiting artist professor and gallery director for the Department of Digital Art at the Pratt... Read More →
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Clement Valla

Clement Valla is a Brooklyn based artist. His recent solo show ‘Surface Survey’ at Transfer Gallery in New York was an Artforum Critic’s Pick. His work was included in the “Paddles On!” auction at Phillips, organized by Lindsay Howard. His work has also been exhibited at The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Thommassen Galleri, Gothenburg; Bitforms Gallery, New York... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Generator Bldg

4:00pm

Postrealism and its Discontents: Acker/Burroughs
The works of Kathy Acker and William S. Burroughs foretell--in ways that anticipate contemporary cut culture--possibilities for materiality and embodiment in the digital age. This panel-performance explores the legacy of this work, and its continuing relevance within a post-human matrix of identity that shifts both with and against the grain of the word. 

Burroughs and Kathy Acker have never been more relevant to contemporary cut-ups and collage practice. 2014 is the William S. Burroughs centennial. His work is being celebrated at major events around and the world, and his writing and art—along with that of Kathy Acker—is often cited as the origin point for contemporary remix culture. These writers pioneered appropriation techniques that pre-figure Internet culture, and they offer in their work “how-to” blueprints to produce text that might impact the world rather than reflect literary and cultural conventions

Moderators
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Davis Schneiderman

Davis Schneiderman’s recent novels include the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel BLANK, the plagiarized novel [SIC] (Fall 2013), and the ink-smeared novel INK. (forthcoming); along with the novel Drain (Northwestern 2010). He co-edited the collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto 2004, RealityStudio.com 2014), The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in... Read More →

Speakers
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Joshua Corey

Joshua Corey’s first novel, Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2014. He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014), and the co-editor, with G.C. Waldrep, of The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and is an associate professor of English at Lake Forest College, where he co-directs Lake Forest College Press... Read More →
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Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian is a novelist, poet, editor, playwright, critic and art writer based in San Francisco. His most recent books are Spreadeagle, a novel; an artists book with his poems and collages by Swiss-born, NYC-based sculptor Ugo Rondinone; and Tagged, a collection of Killian's intimate portraits of poets, artists, musicians, filmmakers, naked, or nearly so, edited by Darin Klein and introduction by Rob Halpern. His next book is Who Killed... Read More →
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Janet Sarbanes

Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collection Army of One, and has published cultural criticism in journals such as Afterall, Popular Music and Society, Utopian Studies, Los Angeles Review of Books and East of Borneo. Her current book project is titled Radical Imaginaries: Aesthetic Sociality and the Project of Autonomy. An essay from this collection, “The Shaker... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Faculty Center

4:00pm

Radical Improvisation II: Detritus, an Opera in Three Acts
Improvisation, one could say, is vital to the act of making. Radical improvisation implies a act of extreme participation and/or intervention. In three acts, participants in this presentation/ workshop will examine acts of radical improvisation in collaboration with the detritus that forms around us in our lives. These are the things we might look or walk away from, the things we might not notice - the torn bedspread, the stuff on the table at the yard sale, the wig in the hallway,  found objects, the bits of glitter left on the windowsill, unnamed unlabeled keys. The abandoned bodies somewhere out of our immediate sight, the shrapnel in the wall of someone’s house, the unexploded bomb, the noise, the newscaster so loud we turn off the television. We will ask why or why not these examples demand our attention. We will ask how do we stay present with them? How do we engage with them, make them necessary and perhaps impossible to walk away from? 

Participants are asked to bring something to the workshop they would walk or look away from. Or something they would otherwise throw away.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Ace

Samuel Ace

Samuel Ace is the author of Normal Sex, Home in three days. Don’t wash., and, most recently, Stealth, with Maureen Seaton (Chax Press). He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. Most recently his work can... Read More →
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j/j hastain

j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j, simply, hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon. j/j is the inventor of The Mystical Sentence Projects and is author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre book... Read More →
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TC Tolbert

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet, but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014), Conditions/Conditioning, a collaborative chapbook with Jen Hofer, New Lights Press, 2014), I: Not He: Not I (Pity Milk chapbook 2014), Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (co-editor with Trace... Read More →
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Ronaldo V. Wilson

Ronaldo Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object (2009), which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008). His poetry has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, and he has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Kundiman, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Lund

4:00pm

Les Figues Press Performs
 Since 2005, Les Figues Press has cultivated innovative writing and generated a unique global discourse in arts and literary communities. Through its practice of publication and curation, Les Figues aims to extend the definition of what constitutes writing, creating a space that generates opportunities for speculations and experiments that affect real change. www.lesfigues.com

Moderators
avatar for Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody’s books include Maison Femme (a collaboration with Vanessa Place), Requiem, and three chapbooks: I Can Feel, Eye Hole Adore and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne. She is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press and is currently pursuing a PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Speakers
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Harold Abramowitz

Harold Abramowitz is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His books include Blind Spot (forthcoming from Les Figues Press), Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies & Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will(with Amanda Ackerman, forthcoming from Bon Aire Projects), Not Blessed, and Dear Dearly Departed. Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs, and writes and edits as part of... Read More →
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Amanda Ackerman

Amanda Ackerman is the author of the chapbooks The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot #8), and Short Stones (Dancing Girl Press).   She has co-authored Sin is to Celebration (House Press), the Gauss PDF UNFO Burns a Million Dollars, and the forthcoming novel Man’s Wars And Wickedness (Bon... Read More →
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Sissy Boyd

Sissy Boyd studied with Martha Graham and danced with many diverse and avant-garde companies in NYC. In L.A. she studied poetry with Holly Prado, and playwriting with John Steppling. Her play “Green Shoes,” was directed by Wes Walker. Another play formed the text for a short film, “Liddy” by Guy Zimmerman. Padua Press includes “Liddy” in their anthology, Fever Dreams. Les Figues Press published her book in the plain turn of the... Read More →
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Vincent Dachy

Vincent Dachy has written quite a few things, most often on Mondays, and published: Tribulations of a Westerner in the Western World, Les Figues Press, 2006, Scraps from the bottom of my pocket, Artwords Press, 2013, as well as texts and photographs in various places. He acts as the spokesperson of VDcollective (www.vdcollective.com).  He also practices and teaches Lacanian psychoanalysis in London... Read More →
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Sandra Doller

Associate Professor, California State University-San Marcos, founder & editrice de 1913 Press, 1913 Press
Sandra Doller is a maker of books, chapbooks, performances, translations, and collaborations. Her new work, Leave Your Body Behind, is due out from Les Figues Press in May 2015. The founder & editrice of 1913 Press & 1913 a journal of forms, Doller lives in California, at the bottom.
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Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of four books: Unfinished, The Evolutionary Revolution, Changing (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press Un-Doing the Novel Contest. With Blake Butler, she co-edited the anthology 30 Under 30, and she is currently co-editing a two volume anthology, The Force of What’s Possible: Essays of Accessibility and the... Read More →
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Paul Hoover

Paul Hoover is the author of fifteen poetry books, most recently Desolation: Souvenir (Omnidawn, 2012), Sonnet 56 (Les Figues, 2009), Edge and Fold (Apogee Press, 2006), Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), and two full-‐‐length volumes in Spanish translated by María Baranda: En el idioma y en la tierra (Conaculta, Mexico City, 2012) and La intención y su materia (Monte Avila, Caracas, 2012). He has won the Frederick Bock Award of Poetry and... Read More →
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Michael du Plessis

Michael du Plessis teaches Comparative Literature at USC and is the author of Songs Dead Soldiers Sing (Transparent Tiger, 2007) and The Memoirs of JonBenet by Kathy Acker (Les Figues, 2012), as well as essays and reviews on topics such as Goth culture, French literature of the fin-‐‐de-‐‐siècle, and the semiotics of betrayal.
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Frances Richard

Frances Richard is the author of Anarch. (Futurepoem, 2013), The Phonemes (Les Figues Press, 2012), and See Through (Four Way Books, 2003), as well as the chapbooks Shaved Code (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008) and Anarch. (Woodland Editions, 2008). The Anarch. Film Project, a collaboration in which filmmakers produce original short films in dialogue with the poems inAnarch., is ongoing... Read More →
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Martin Glaz Serup

Martin Glaz Serup lives in Copenhagen. He has published seven children’s books, several chapbooks, as well as seven collections of poetry, most recently Roman nights (2013, published in Sweden 2014), of which excerpts in English are published in Action Yes and Poetry Wales, and the long poem The Field (2010), which was also published in USA (2011), Sweden (2012) and Finland (2014). In 2013 Serup published his first book-length theoretical... Read More →
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Divya Victor

Asst. Prof., Nanyang Technological University
Divya Victor is the author of Natural Subjects (Trembling Pillow, 2014), UNSUB (Insert Blanc, 2015), Things To Do With Your Mouth (Les Figues, 2014), Swift Taxidermies 1919-1922 (GaussPDF, 2014), Goodbye John! On John Baldessari (GaussPDF, 2012), PUNCH (GaussPDF, 2011) and Partial Derivative of the Unnameable (Troll Thread, 2012); and the chapbooks Hellocasts by Vanessa Place (2011) and SUTURES (2009). She lives in the United States and... Read More →
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Matias Viegener

MFA Writing Program, CalArts
Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. His new book, 2500 Random Things About Me Too, is published by Les Figues Press, and he’s the editor of I'm Very Into You, the correspondence of Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, just out from Semiotext(e). He is the co-editor, with Christine Wertheim, of Séance in... Read More →
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Christine Wertheim

California Institute of the Arts
Christine Wertheim is author of mUtter-bAbel (Countertpath Press) and +|'me'S-pace (Les Figues), editor of the anthology Feminaissance, and with Matias Viegener co-editor of Séance and The n/Oulipean Analects. She organized the conferences, Séance (2004), Noulipo (2005), Impunities (2006), Feminaissance (2007), Untitled (2008), Untitled NY (2009) with Viegener, sponsored by a grant from The Annenberg Foundation. Her poetry... Read More →
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Colin Winnette

Colin Winnette is a writer living in San Francisco. His most recent book is COYOTE, forthcoming from Les Figues Press in the fall of 2014.


Friday March 27, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Bijou

5:15pm

Telemorphic Phase-Change Memory
This is a collaborative performance that interrogates what Maurice Blanchot calls the “space of literature.” Through text, video, and sculptural/movement elements, our exploration evolves into dynamic interplay between visual and literary art (and artists). 
Writer Jared Green begins the piece centrally located at a writing desk that appears constructed out of e-waste and scrap metal; on the side walls are large-scale projections of book pages being turned very slowly (these are looped sequences from Abigail Donovan’s videos, Book 1 and Book 2). Working at a computer keyboard, Green attempts to compose an unbroken stream of thought on the subject of literary composition as labyrinth; his efforts to produce a textual structure are projected in real time onto the facing wall and floor. Simultaneously, Donovan incrementally removes pieces of his writing environment in order to construct an apparatus called “the orrery,” a hand-made projection machine that casts diaphanous three-dimensional colored images into the environment by beaming light through multicolored glass constructions. With each interruption caused by the process of assembling the orrery, the writing encounters a blockage, as in a labyrinth, and must adapt, change, begin again, fail, and find a new pathway, vying for space with the sculptural and visual art’s commanding presence. Initially antagonistic and then increasingly cooperative, the piece unfolds according to the logic of stretto—the device in the composition of musical fugues whereby a close succession of overlapping statements serves to fragment, intensify, and eventually sublate the subject—and moves toward an ecstatic fusion of word and image.

Speakers
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Jared Green

Jared Green: Jared Green is an author, experimental literary performer, and professor of English literature and creative writing at Stonehill College. Green’s collaborative work | with choreographer Richard Colton (Swerve, 2013; The Invention of Morel, 2014) has been performed at ICA Boston and the Boston Conservatory. His current projects include Minotauromachia, an episodic live writing/video installation, performed in various public... Read More →

Artists
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Abigail Donovan

Abigail Donovan: An artist living and working in Eugene, OR and Newark, DE, Abigail Donovan is faculty in the Art Department of the University of Delaware. She has had exhibitions and performances at a variety of venues, including Novella Gallery, New York, NY; High Desert Test Sites 2013, Joshua Tree, CA; Bowery Art & Science, New York, NY; Galleria Artra, Milan, Italy; SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; the National Centre for Contemporary Art... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Coffee House Theater

5:15pm

Dinner!
Friday March 27, 2015 5:15pm - 8:00pm

5:30pm

ENTER>text: Shore

Make your way to the Main Gallery between 5:30 and 7:30 for a fleeting encounter. 

We’ve been tossed up on dry land, disoriented. The gate is familiar, but there’s someone new standing in our way. There are many paths through this crumbling structure; paths not on any map. The branches have grown thick and tangled over the years, but something can still be heard. Down every hallway and around every corner the voices are coming together.

Featuring:

Karen Adelman // Mark Gerard // Yelena Gluzman // Emma Zakes Green //Jen Hofer // Sylvan Oswald // Analisa Raya-Flores // Erin Schneider //Tom Trudgeon // Santi Vernetti

Directed by Henry Hoke and Marco Franco Di Domenico
in collaboration with Saehee Cho and Sam Bloch


Enter>text is a living literary journal, an immersive series of events where the audience is activated to seek out their own unique encounters with writers. We strive to explore the textual nature of our surroundings, always searching for new voices, histories and fictions.

This year we are exploring Borders, Boundaries and Fine Lines. We’ll seek to illuminate and dissolve the demarcations not only between performer and audience, but also between public and private space, within identities and institutions. Each happening will be a new crossing.

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Speakers
avatar for Marco Franco Di Domenico

Marco Franco Di Domenico

Marco Franco Di Domenico was born nearly five years ago at a gas station somewhere between Detroit and Los Angeles. He has since become a writer, educator and con artist. He received an MFA in Critical Studies: Writing from CalArts. He co-founded Concord, a collective project and art space, and presently spends most of his time trying to save humanity.  
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Yelena Gluzman

Ph.D. Candidate in Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego
Talk to me about documenting performance, about theater as theory, about theory as method, about science as practice, about critical cognitive science, about pedagogy as not-knowing, about Feminist Theory Theater (FTT!).
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Jen Hofer

Antena
Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her latest translations include the chapbook En las maravillas/In Wonder (Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2012) and Ivory Black, a translation of Negro marfil by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues Press 2011). Her latest homemade... Read More →
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Henry Hoke

Henry Hoke wrote The Book of Endless Sleepovers (out in October from Civil Coping Mechanisms) and Genevieves (winner of the Subito Press prose contest, forthcoming 2017). Some of his stories appear in The Collagist, Entropy, Gigantic and PANK. He co-created and directs Enter>text, a living literary journal in Los Angeles. 3 years, a book about ENTER>text, is out now. He teaches at CalArts and the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop.
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Sylvan Oswald

Assistant Professor, UCLA
Performance, playwriting, video, queer things.


Friday March 27, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Main Gallery

8:00pm

Collaboration for the Duration
Collaboration for the Duration aims to explore sites of collaborative making that take place over long periods of time, contrasting such collaborations to the one-time commission or one-off co-creation. We are  specifically interested in the way long term collaborative making offers a cross-directional rewiring of the relationship between labor and everyday life, where durational collaborative making moves beyond a poetics of everyday life (usually a solitary interaction premised or made possible by luxury and class) and opens up a relational space premised on a shared and sustainable commons. We are interested in how on-going collaboration asks those involved to create a community, to show up for each other and create spaces of help and mutual care, and how these spaces make art making in catastrophic times possible and potentially meaningful.  We are especially interested in the ways in which a) collectivity often emerges in response to moments of political struggle and b) collectivity over the long term allows for links of solidarity to exist between past and present sites of rupture or struggle allowing for and maybe arguing for a sustainable art practice that resists social and political givens. All of the panelists are engaged in long-term collaborations, many of which are trans-disciplinary. Hence, we would like the extend the panel conversation out into a performance event, including an Office of Recuperative Strategies play, with poet Carla Harryman performing with musician Jon Raskin, and Keith and Mendi Obadike and Jennifer Scappettone and Judd Morrissey performing from their on-going cross-media sound and installation work. Additionally, we would like to open that performance space up to other collaborators present at &Now.

Here are our collaborative bios:

Rachel Levitsky and Christian Hawkey began their collaboration by creating the Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS.net), research-oriented collective dedicated to exploring new tactics to promote the reuse, perversification, reanimation, and reparation of precarious, outmoded, and correctable cultural phenomena. OoRS has received commissions and engaged in interventions both national and international, from Brooklyn to Berlin, Amsterdam to Denver, New York to Cambridge. Rachel Levitsky is recently the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013) as well as two other full-length books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010) and Interval (Japan: Mi-Te Press, 2008). She was the founder of the feminist avant-garde network, Belladonna* which has now become Belladonna* Collaborative, and she participates as a member of that shifting field. She teaches in Pratt Institute’s new MFA in Writing. Christian Hawkey is a poet, writer, educator, translator, editor, and activist. He's written/translated/collaborated on numerous books, including Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and Sonne from Ort (Kookbooks, 2013). He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. He designed and directs Pratt Institute's new MFA in Writing.

Jennifer Scappettone and Judd Morrissey.  
Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist whose works of electronic literature, interdisciplinary performance, and installation have been widely and internationally presented. He is the creator of digital literary works including The Operature (web version in-progress), The Precession: An 80-Foot-Long Internet Art Performance Poem (2009-2011), The Jew's Daughter (Electronic Literature Collection, 2006), My Name is Captain, Captain (Eastgate, 2002), and The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), a collaborative writing, archiving, and text-visualization project for which he was a recipient of the inaugural Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers' Grant in 2007. He is the co-founder of the collective Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r) who are in long-term residence at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Chicago. In 2013-14, he was the US Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at University of Bergen, Norway. He's now Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 
Jennifer Scappettone works at the juncture of poetry, translation, pedagogy/research, and the scoring of visual, sonic, and gestural fields. Her books of poetry include From Dame Quickly and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale. Exit 43, an archaeology of landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress palimpsest, A Chorus Fosse, imminent from Compline. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli. Collaborative work includes performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble; digital archaeologies with Judd Morrissey; libretti, scores, and vocal concepts for PARK, directed and choreographed by Kathy Westwater; and sonic documentaries for X Locus, an installation conceived with AGENCY architecture and composer Paul Rudy at the American Academy in Rome. Her critical study Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice was published in Fall 2014. 

Carla Harryman and Jon Raskin
Carla Harryman, multi-genre and multi-disciplinary writer and Jon Raskin, composer and musician, make works that incorporate music and spoken text-based and scored poetry. Their collaborations range from duets with speaking voice and instruments to larger ensemble performances. They have performed in Detroit at the Susanne Hilbury Gallery,  at the Stone and St. Marks Church in New York, at the Wels Music Festival, Austria, and in many venues in San Francisco, including the Out Sound Music Festival, the Center for New Music, Small Press Traffic, the Poetry Center, and New Langton Arts. In 2012, Raskin collaborated with Harryman on a text/music score, “Occupying Theodore W. Adorno’s Music and New Music, a Reperformance,” which was presented as a keynote lecture at dOCUMENTA 13.  In 2013, Tzadik Records released Open Box, a cd of works performed in a recording studio with the Jon Raskin Quartet and others. Jon Raskin is an award-winning international composer and performer who has made many recordings as a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet and the Jon Raskin Quartet.  Recent CD’s include All at Once with Phillip Greenlief and Frank Gratowsk and Rova Saxophone Quartet and John Zorn: Receiving Surface. He is currently recording The Long Table, a large ensemble piece based on the experience ofdining with friends. Carla Harryman is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of cutting edge books and works for performance that challenge genre categories. Recent books include the prose diptych W--/M--, the collection of experimental and conceptual essays, Adorno’s Noise, and The Wide Road, a picaresque of poetry and prose written with Lyn Hejinian.


Moderators
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Christian Hawkey

Christian Hawkey is a poet, writer, educator, translator, editor, and activist. He's written/translated/collaborated on numerous books, including Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and Sonne from Ort (Kookbooks, 2013). He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. He designed and directs Pratt Institute's new MFA in Writing.

Speakers
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Carla Harryman

Carla Harryman is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of cutting edge books and works for performance that challenge genre categories. Recent books include the prose diptych W--/M--, the collection of experimental and conceptual essays, Adorno’s Noise, and The Wide Road, a picaresque of poetry and prose written with Lyn Hejinian.
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Rachel Levitsky

Rachel Levitsky is recently the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013) as well as two other full-length books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010) and Interval (Japan: Mi-Te Press, 2008). She was the founder of the feminist avant-garde network, Belladonna* which has now become Belladonna* Collaborative, and she participates as a... Read More →
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Judd Morrissey

Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist whose works of electronic literature, interdisciplinary performance, and installation have been widely and internationally presented. He is the creator of digital literary works including The Operature (web version in-progress), The Precession: An 80-Foot-Long Internet Art Performance Poem (2009-2011), The Jew's Daughter (Electronic Literature Collection, 2006), My Name is Captain, Captain (Eastgate... Read More →
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Jon Raskin

Jon Raskin is an award-winning international composer and performer who has made many recordings as a member of Rova Saxophone Quartet and the Jon Raskin Quartet.  Recent CD’s include All at Once with Phillip Greenlief and Frank Gratowsk and Rova Saxophone Quartet and John Zorn: Receiving Surface. He is currently recording The Long Table, a large ensemble piece based on the experience of dining with friends. 
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Jennifer Scappettone

Jennifer Scappettone is the author of the poetry collection From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and of several chapbooks, including Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (La Camera Verde, 2008), translated into Italian in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. Exit 43, an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress fragment, A Chorus Fosse, forthcoming from Compline. She edited and translated... Read More →


Friday March 27, 2015 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Mod Theater
 
Saturday, March 28
 

10:00am

Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions
In titular homage to treasured novelist, editor, media activist and archive Toni Cade Bambara, this gathering of writers, poets and researchers presents overlooked, under-examined and otherwise obscured culture workers of radical Black imaginary.  Through sharing and discussion of discoveries, methodologies and creative practices, Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions redraws Modernist timelines, expands communities of artistic and political movement and celebrates the African diasporic ArkHive as still forever future forward.

Melanie Sherazi presents on experimental novelist and translator of avant-garde Italian screenplays, William Demby

Tonya Foster presents on the UMBRA poets, the CUNY Graduate Center's "Lost & Found" project, and the work of poet Tom Dent.

Geoffrey Jacques presents on the history of the hipster in jazz and film

Tisa Bryant moderates


 

Moderators
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Tisa Bryant

Faculty, MFA Creative Writing Program, Co-Director, Equity & Diversity, California Institute of the Arts
Tisa Bryant makes work that often traverses the boundaries of genre, culture and history, with an enduring fascination with fusing critical and creative writing through the other arts into distinctive registers and new forms. She is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays that remix narratives of black presences in film, literature and visual art; co-editor and publisher of the cross-referenced journal of narrative and... Read More →

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Geoffrey Jacques

Geoffrey Jacques is a poet, essayist, critic, and editor. Recent poems and essays of his can be found in Askew, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Tidal Basin Review, Black Renaissance Noire, and elsewhere. His books include the poetry collection Just for a Thrill (2005), and the critical study A Change in the Weather: Modernist Imagination, African American Imaginary (2009). Recent poems have appeared in Tidal Basin Review, Askew, and... Read More →
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Melanie Sherazi

Melanie Sherazi is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation, “Posthumous Afterlives: Ecstatic Readings of Post-1945 American Literature,” explores the temporal, ethical and aesthetic implications of texts that were written during the civil-rights-era by authors such as Ralph Ellison and Carson McCullers, but were published posthumously, years and sometimes decades after the... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Faculty Center

10:00am

Hybridities Revisited
This panel interrogates the concept of hybridity through explorations of the processes, forms and genres of leading writers, with presentations from Steve Tomasula, Brian Bouldrey and Francoise Sammarcelli.

Sylvie Bauer presents "Not Percival Everett,": Much has been said about Percival Everett's work as being uncategorizable, not fitting within the limits or the frames of generic categories. Not only do his novels and short stories span a wide variety of literary genres, ranging from detective novels to philosophical inquiries, from slapstick comedy to dark humor verging on tragedy, they also combine artistic forms such as cinema, drawing, music and painting and widely invite philosophy within fiction. Yet, far from including artistic, critical and philosophical mediums as mere thematic devices, as simple illustrations or allusions, Everett's writing combines them into processes that affect language and the very notion of fiction, turning writing into what Deleuze calls the Impersonal. This paper proposes to focus on two of Percival Everett's novels, I Am Not Sidney Poitier and  Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, whose titles already interrogate the very notion of subjectivity, suggesting from the start the collaborative and impersonal fluxes at the heart of artistic practice. 

Steve Tomasula  will perform a public reading from TOC: A New-Media Novel: an electronic, multimedia, interactive novel published this year as an App for iPAD. TOC is a multimedia epic about time: the invention of the second, the beating of a heart, the story of humans connecting through time to each other and to the world. A collaborative work, TOC brings together the work of some 15 contributors from a range of disciplines: graphic design, music composition and performance, voice acting, computer programing, animation, and other visual arts. TOC tells its story through an assemblage of text, film, music, photography, the spoken word, animation, and painting. TOC also re-imagines the book by incorporating the materials of the computer as part of its narrative to create a new kind of narrative experience for the reader: one in which the digital tools used to make and read this book transform the reader into an active participant; one in which the book itself alters the reader’s consciousness, or experience of time even as it re-presents/represents its own subject, time.  

Françoise  Sammarcelli  presents "Hybridity Revisited, or, When Percival and Lance Play with Photography," about Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, 2013, and Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting, 2014. Sammarcelli asks, Do the photos function as illustrations or do they introduce noise in the system, thus disrupting the reading process and emphasizing fragmentation? What is the effect of low/high definition ? What happens to a picture when it is reduplicated ? Therefore how do these novels use hybridity to explore our cognitive processes?  In this paper, she will compare Everett’s and Olsen’s aesthetic and semantic strategies in order to shed light on their intriguing effects. While they are very different, both novels can be read as a meditation on time, loss, presence and absence, involving a high degree of reflexivity, and the insertion of photos may be construed as part of a dynamics of re-dis-orientation. 

Brian Bouldrey presents two short video essays, "The Oldest Trade in the World (Artwise)." When you look to Longinus or Aristotle, or, for that matter, any aesthetician, described the functions of art, they alwyas reminded us tht besides delighting and surprising, art can also be instructive.  Our culture is not, historically, keen on instruction in our art  We prefer the inarticulate, common sense voice, the Huck Finn wonder at the stars of Kundeera's novel of ideas.  The dullness of the Soviet "socialist realism" further soured our interest in the didactic; and eighteenth century sermons, full of enthusiasm and enlightenment, and are hardly read, let alone considered a form—perhaps because so many of modern ministers are out of ideas.  but the sermon, thelecture, the Georgic, these are real cretive forms and have many opportunities for artists.  The viable technology of the video essay, among its many surprises as a newere art form, can accommodate and revitaize these antiquated forms and make them radically new.

Moderators
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Francoise Sammarcelli

Professor of American literature, Université Paris Sorbonne
Professor Françoise Sammarcelli  | Paris Sorbonne University, France | American literature and text/image studies

Speakers
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Brian Bouldrey

Distinguished Senior Lecture, Northwestern University
Brian Bouldrey is the author, most recently, of The Peasants and the Mariners (GemmaMedia, 2013).  He has written three nonfiction books, Honorable Bandit, A Walk Across Corsica, Monster: Adventures in American Machismo, and The Autobiography Box; three novels, The Genius of Desire, Love, the Magician, and The Boom Economy, and he is the editor of several anthologies.  He is recipient of fellowships from Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Yaddo... Read More →
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Steve Tomasula

University of Notre Dame
Steve Tomasula is the author of the image-text novels VAS: An Opera in Flatland and The Book of Portraiture, as well as the novels IN & OZ and TOC: A New-Media Novel, now an iPad App. His short, visual fictions of technology and people are collected in Once Human: Stories, just out from FC2. At &NOW, he'll talk about Picturing Fiction: Language at the Intersection of Art, and Information Design, reading from Once Human and TOC for iPad. He can... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Generator Bldg

10:00am

Power, Slippage and the Visual: The Spaces of Fiction in a Visual Culture
This creative/critical panel proposes to converse with fiction’s relationship to current visual culture(s). How does fiction adapt/transform/deform/resist social media, narrative television, cinema, and internet browsing to create new forms?  Does writing fiction necessarily mean wrestling with dominant visual modes? We’re interested in how technology is shifting the borders of the self, which seems to call for a different kind of fiction; whether current narrative modes restrict representations of states of being like happiness or contentment; and how fiction can look to other visual arts for inspiration in creating something dynamic and responsive.

Moderators
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Gregory Howard

Professor, University of Maine
Gregory Howard’s fiction and essays have appeared in WebConjunctions, The Collagist, Harp & Altar, and Tarpaulin Sky, among other places. He teaches Fiction Writing and Contemporary Literature at University of Maine. His novel Hospice will be released by FC2 in March 2015.

Speakers
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Amina Cain

Amina Cain is the author of Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Writing has appeared in publications such as n+1, The Paris Review Daily, Denver Quarterly, BOMB, Puerto del Sol, Everyday Genius, and Two Serious Ladies. She is a member of Betalevel, a basement space in Los Angeles’ Chinatown where she sometimes curates readings and events, and is a literature contributing editor at... Read More →
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Adam Novy

Adamy Novy lives in southern California. His novel The Avian Gospels was published in 2010 by Hobart.
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Deb Olin Unferth

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of the memoir Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; the story collection Minor Robberies; and the novel Vacation, winner of the Cabell First Novel Award. Her work appears in Harper’s, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Granta, Conjunctions, and NOON. She has received three Pushcart Prizes and a grant from Creative Capital for... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Coffee House Theater

10:00am

Spuyten Duyvil
Spuyten Duyvil Press, in Brooklyn, N.Y., has, for many years, published important books of innovative writing. In the last eight years, in particular, that publishing has exploded. The press is now going full steam full force full schedule full on with new & new kinds of books. The reviews of Spuyten Duyvil books have been stunning. In 2010, the New York Times named Spuyten Duyvil one of the important cultural institutions in the City. While Spuyten Duyvil has participated in the &NOW bookfair, this will be the first, per se, Spuyten Duyvil reading panel at &NOW. The readers are all, however, active &NOW participants.  This panel, hosted and moderated by Spuyten Duyvil publisher Tod Thilleman, will present five Spuyten Duyvil writers: Rebecca Goodman, Tom LaFarge, Laynie Brown, Joshua Corey, and Martin Nakell. Each will read from recent fiction. 

Moderators
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T Thilleman

Lean-in-to, Spuyten Duyvil
t thilleman is the author of more than a few poetry collections including Three Sea Monsters, Onönyxa & Therseyn (opening book for an extended work, Sketches), Snailhorn (fragments) and the novel Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen. His collaborations with j/j hastain are Approximating Diapason, Clef Manifesto, Snag as well as Tongue a Queer Anomaly. His literary essay/memoir, Blasted Tower, was issued from Shakespeare & Co./Toad Suck... Read More →

Speakers
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Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne is the author of ten collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent book of poems is Lost Parkour Ps(alms), in two editions, French and English. Two collections are forthcoming in 2015 Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press) and P R A C T I C E (SplitLevelTexts). She is a 2014 Pew Fellow. She is currently editing an anthology on the poet's novel. She teaches at U Penn and Swarthmore College
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Joshua Corey

Joshua Corey’s first novel, Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2014. He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Barons (Omnidawn Publishing, 2014), and the co-editor, with G.C. Waldrep, of The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral. He lives in Evanston, Illinois and is an associate professor of English at Lake Forest College, where he co-directs Lake Forest College Press... Read More →
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Tom La Farge

Tom La Farge has published two novels and a book of tales. A new novel, The Broken House, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil in 2015. He co-founded the Writhing Society, a weekly salon for constrained writing and has published the first three pamphlets of a constrained-writing manual, 13 Writhing Machines. “Three Writhings” appeared in the &Now Awards 2009. His cut-up chapbook Life and Conversation of Animals was published in 2010. He... Read More →
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Rebecca Goodman

Rebecca Goodman is the author of The Surface of Motion (Green Integer) and Aftersight (Spuyten Duyvil). She teaches Creative Writing at Chapman University.
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Martin Nakell

Winner of a Gertrude Stein Award in Poetry, Martin Nakell has published The Myth of Creation (poetry, Parentheses Writing), Ramon (fiction, Jawbone Press/The National Endowment for the Arts), The Library of Thomas Rivka (fiction, Sun & Moon), Two Fields that Face & Mirror Each Other (fiction, Green Integer), Goings (fiction, Margin-to-Margin), Form (poetry, Spuyten... Read More →
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Nava Renek

Nava Renek is a writer, editor, and educator. She has published two novels, | Spiritland and No Perfect Words and a collection of short stories, Mating in Captivity. She also conceived of and edited Wreckage of Reason: Anthology of XXperimental Prose by Contemporary Women Writers and Wreckage of Reason 2: Back To The Drawing Board. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College/CUNY where she works as a Program Coordinator at the Women's... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Lund

10:00am

Blast Radius Book Fair!
It's a book fair!

Moderators
Saturday March 28, 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm
Langley

10:00am

Which Witch Writer-in-Residence Program at the Saugus Cafe
Which Witch Writers-In-Residence: Which Witch Books  is partnering with the Saugus Cafe for a very special Writers-in-Residence weekend as part of the &NOW15 Literary Conference. We are inviting writers/artists/thinkers/do-ers to reserve a slot (minimum 30 minute commitment) at the Saugus Cafe, Santa Clarita's infamous old-time establishment, to work on a piece of writing/communicative artwork which will culminate in a publication produced by Which Witch.

The purpose of the Which Witch Writing Residency is to inspire new creative work. While CalArts will serve as the main site of activity during the &NOW conference, WW aims to reconnect its Writers-in-Residence to the unique environment and history of Santa Clarita Valley. 

The sole criterion for acceptance into the WW Writing Residency is willingness. 

The Saugus is open 24/hrs, serving diner food, coffee and beverages from its fully stocked bar.

If you would like to be a Which Witch Writer-in-Residence, please sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/which-witch-writers-in-residence-at-the-saugus-cafe-tickets-15748129078?aff=es2&rank=0 

 



Moderators
avatar for Emma Kemp

Emma Kemp

ultra-violent
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Adriana Widdoes

Which Witch

Saturday March 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:30pm
The Saugus Cafe 25861 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

11:30am

&Now+Then Infrastructure

Now + Then Infrastructure examines the unheard, invisible and repressed politics of the infrastructural terrain of southern California, making perceivable territorial struggle, energy flows, digital secrecy, and atmospherics. Four multi-media presentations will be followed by discussion between the panelists and a Q & A with the audience.

Ken Ehrlich — a network is a network is a network...

This image and text presentation stages a set of questions related to political agency, invisibility and the built environment by reflecting on the Edward Snowden leaks and the material infrastructure of digital communications networks in Los Angeles county. This performative lecture relies equally on visual research, speculative writing and political analysis to excavate the physical and imaginary infrastructure of the internet, nearby and faraway.

Sarah Kanouse — My Electric Genealogy 

Functioning in a state of perpetual construction, a network of high-voltage transmission lines connects Los Angeles to its distant sources of mostly coal-generated power. For nearly forty years my grandfather was intimately involved with the planning, design, and management of this system. An engineer with an artist’s eye, he photographed innovations in electrical delivery with one foot in the aesthetic and another in a techno-scientific sublime forever altered by climate change. This performative presentation weaves together images, objects, and auto/biography to explore aging electrical infrastructure as inter-generational climate debt.

Marina Peterson — Sky scrapers: writing the aerial city 

A child calls vapor trails 'sky scrapers' - knowing that a skyscraper is a building and equally entranced by 'downtown LA' as embodying 'city.' Here I consider how a child’s poetic notion of ‘sky scraper' recasts the architectural as process, built form as gesture, evoking the play between stasis and movement, ground and atmosphere, and the irreducible entanglement of the two.

Louis-Georges Schwartz — Seeing Infrastructure/Seeing settler colonialism

I want to think about THE EXILES (MacKenzie, 1961), a film that portrays a group of first nations people displaced by immiseration from the South West to Bunker Hill in Los Angeles. I'm interested in the way the location projects itself into a future after the end of the film: "with the right kind of eyes," ones that know the dynamic of proletarianized surplus populations and cities, the infrastructure in the movie's mise-en-scene poses the question of what will become of it in off screen time.



Moderators
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Ken Ehrlich

Ken Ehrlich is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. He has exhibited internationally in a variety of media, including video, sculpture and photography. His project based practice interweaves architectural, technological and social themes and he frequently collaborates with architects and other artists on site-specific and community-based projects in public spaces. He is the editor of Art, Architecture, Pedagogy: Experiments in... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Kanouse

Associate Professor, University of Iowa
I am an interdisciplinary artist and writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. My research-based creative projects trace the production of landscape through ecological, historical, and legal forces, with particular interest given to the environmental and cultural effects of military activities. My award-winning, feature-length film, "Around Crab Orchard," addressed how the politics of conservation and environmental justice... Read More →
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Marina Peterson

Marina Peterson is Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. An anthropologist, her work has explored multi-scalar dimensions of urban space through the study of sensory, sonic, and embodied processes ranging from musical performance to planning and labor. She has conducted ethnographic research in Los Angeles, Singapore, and Appalachian Ohio. Her work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, O-Zone: A... Read More →
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Louis-Georges Schwartz

Director of the MA Program in Film Studies, Louis-Georges Schwartz teaches contemporary cinema, film analysis, and film theory. His book, Mechanical Witness, A history of motion picture evidence in U.S. Courts was recently published by the Oxford University press. Mechanical Witness is the first cultural and legal history charting the changing role and theoretical implications of film and video use as courtroom evidence. He is... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Generator Bldg

11:30am

The Descent of Alette Performed by GASP
GASP (Girls Assembling Something Perpetual) proposes a creative performance of Alice Notley’s The Descent of Alette. Founded by six female poets, GASP creates a poet’s theater of part abstraction, part sublimity, part accident, and part gesture. GASP seeks to find ways within theater, within a “play,” to parallel, not translate, radical elicitations of text, body, and atmosphere. To speak as both mouth and limb simultaneously. 



Moderators
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Sommer Browning

Sommer Browning is the author of Backup Singers (Birds, LLC; 2014), Either Way I'm Celebrating (Birds, LLC; 2011), a collection of poetry and comics, The Presidents (and Other Jokes) (Future Tense Books; 2013), a book of president jokes, and other works. She hosts The Leon Affair, a monthly reading series in Denver, and with Tony Mancus she runs Flying Guillotine Press, a poetry chapbook press. She co-founded a baby with the poet Noah Eli Gordon... Read More →

Speakers
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Alexis Almeida

Alexis Almeida teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado where she is at work on an MFA in poetry. Recent poems and translations have appeared in Aufgabe, La Vague, and The Ampersand Review. She lives in Denver.
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Serena Chopra

Serena Chopra is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, a 2009 graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder’s MFA program, and a 2011-2013 Writer-In-Residence at RedLine Gallery in Denver. Her chapbook, Speaking to Your Man, was released in August 2010 by Peninsulas Now Press, her chapbook, Penumbra was released 2012 from Flying Guillotine Press, and a version of her... Read More →
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Yanara Friedland

Yanara Friedland has performed, translated, climbed mountains and written in many different places. Her maternal great grandfather owned a corner store in Milwaukee, her paternal great grandfather coalmines in the Rhineland. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary project walking seven different borders with seven different people.
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HR Hegnauer

HR Hegnauer is the author of the Sir. She is a book designer and website designer specializing in working with independent publishers as well as individual artists and writers. She received her MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University, where she has also taught in the Summer Writing Program.
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Andrea Rexilius

Assistant Professor, Naropa University
Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012) and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011). She is an Assistant Professor of English at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she is also the Summer Writing Program Coordinator and the Editor-in-Chief of Bombay Gin Literary Journal. She has worked with elementary and high school students as a... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Coffee House Theater

11:30am

Commune Editions: Period Style and Collaboration
This is basically a poetry reading. We’d like to proceed in the context of &NOW 2015’s theme of “Writing and the Other Arts.” Our own thought is that writing is related to the other arts in the first sense insofar as it shares with them a relation to the animating antagonisms of its time — that it finds itself in the same blast radius, and that collaboration is always mediated by this. We’ll try to puzzle through some thoughts about a version of contemporary poetry’s period style, and how it got that way. 

Moderators
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Joshua Clover

Joshua Clover is the author of two books of poetry and two of cultural history and theory: The Matrix (British Film Institute 2005) and 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (University of California 2009). His new book of poetry, Red Epic, is forthcoming from Commune Editions (spring 2015) and a book on the political economy of struggle, Of Riot, will be published by Verso in spring 2016. His column "Pop & Circumstance" appears... Read More →

Speakers
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Jasper Bernes

Jasper Bernes is lecturer in the English Department at UC Berkeley. He is the author of Starsdown (2007). Recent poems and essays can be found in Modern Language Quarterly, The Lana Turner, Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Reader, and Endnotes. His book-length poem, We Are Nothing and So Can You, will be published by Commune Editions in early 2015.
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Juliana Spahr

Juliana Spahr edits the book series Chain Links with Jena Osman and the collectively funded Subpress with nineteen other people. With David Buuck she wrote Army of Lovers, a book about two friends who are writers in a time of war and ecological collapse. She has edited with Stephanie Young A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Faculty Center

11:30am

Don’t Call It Lyric: Inquiry, The Essay, and Independence
This is a reading by four essayists (some of them poets as well) whose prose work is not (and cannot be or will not be) assimilable by the term lyric essay. The blend of autobiography and analysis, of inquiry and observation and intellection, is embedded in the long tradition of essaying; and some of the most innovative and staunchly independent prose writing is happening now without recourse to lyric technique. The reading will be followed by an opportunity for discussion. What is the category of lyric essay doing and performing, in and out of the academy? What kind of essay is lyric? What kind of essay isn’t? 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016 and forthcoming from Picador UK in 2017. The collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and has been widely reviewed. | His first two books are collections of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A... Read More →
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Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language (Graywolf Press, May 2015). Her 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton), was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book... Read More →
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Amarnath Ravva

Amarnath Ravva has helped run and curate events at Betalevel, a venue for social experimentation and hands-on culture located in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, for the past 10 years. He is currently working on a book about Victorian era botanical expeditions called The Glass House. His first book, American Canyon, was published by Kaya Press in 2014.
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Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of a collection of essays, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her essays have been named notable for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies , nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and published in Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain.org, Callaloo, The Southern... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Lund

1:00pm

Lunch!
Saturday March 28, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm

1:00pm

Un Texto Sobre Arte Contemporáneo/A Text About Contemporary Art

In three writing sessions during the &Now Festival, Guido Ignatti will compose a text about contemporary art. He’ll be alone in a room on the CalArts campus with only a typewriter, some paper, and a pencil. The scene will be streamed on a website announced on a placard to &Now participants. After the third writing session, on the final day of the festival, Ignatti will frame the typescript and hang it next to the placard. 

Ignatti’s performance makes visible the struggle to conceive ideas and put thoughts to paper while isolated from many of the apparatuses and functions that determine writing today. He’ll go without the Internet, his computer, and Control+Z. Since this will be the first time that he’ll use a typewriter, the performance may be as much about his physical interaction with the device as it is about his intellectual work. Writing about the present using a device from another era, Ignatti’s site-specific performance evokes CalArts’ long history of fostering experimental artistic and literary practices. 

The performance can be seen during the listed times on www.guidoignatti.com.ar

Moderators
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Patrick Greaney

Patrick Greaney is the author of Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art (University of Minnesota, 2014), Untimely Beggar: Poverty and Power from Baudelaire to Benjamin(University of Minnesota, 2008), and essays on modern and contemporary art and literature in Europe, Latin America, and the US. He has curated exhibitions at MCA Denver, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Counterpath Gallery, and his translations from... Read More →

Artists
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Guido Ignatti

Most of Guido Ignatti’s works are ephemeral, site‐specific and time-based installations that explore the tensions between conceptualism and raw materiality. Since 2008, he has exhibited widely in Argentina, and has participated in exhibitions in London and Barcelona. He is the cofounder and coeditor of the magazine Sauna - revista de arte, and he is the coordinator for temporary public art exhibitions for the city of Buenos Aires. He lives... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
D206

1:30pm

Into the Fray
Award-winning writer Thomas Frick and celebrated composer/pianist Vicki Ray propose a performance, a collaborative collision between text adapted from Frick’s “alchemical-Luddite” novel The Iron Boys and Ray’s signature prepared-piano soundscapes. In innovative language The Iron Boys explores, through the course of a book-length monologue by Corbel Penner, the ways in which the mechanistic manifestations of the factory system in the early nineteenth century, propelled by the new steam-powered machinery, subtly infiltrated both society and individual consciousness. Selected passages and fragments from the novel (which includes sermons, songs, fairytales, accounts of attacks on textile factories, meetings of secret societies, public hangings, musical concerts, love stories, and more) will conjoin, collide with, interrupt and be interrupted by, over- and underlie, and harmonize with the startling array of sounds possible on a piano mechanistically transformed through the use of interior preparations and extended techniques. The disruption of the music (and text) of life by the imposition of a new industrial reality (against which the Luddites were rebelling) will be metaphorically embodied in this collaborative performance.

Speakers
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Thomas Frick

Thomas Frick is an award-winning essayist, arts journalist, and fiction writer. He was the first recipient of the Charles Pick Fellowship from the University of East Anglia, a paid six-month residency that allowed him to complete his first novel, The Iron Boys, published in 2011. The Iron Boys, selected as a Holiday Pick by the Los Angeles Times, has been called “wise and humorous,” “gorgeous and astonishing,” “heartbreaking and... Read More →
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Vicki Ray

Described as “phenomenal and fearless,” pianist Vicki Ray has premiered countless works by today’s leading composers. She was a longtime member of the award-winning California E.A.R. Unit and is a founding member of Piano Spheres. Head of keyboard studies at California Institute of the Arts, Ray has appeared in numerous international festivals and is a faculty member at Bang On a Can Festival at MASS MoCA. Performing regularly... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
ROD

2:30pm

With What Tongue

With What Tongue 

Performance and Video Screening

This presentation plays with the permeable boundaries between visual, sonic, and verbal fields to break down and cross-fertilize these categories. Each piece engages a different compositional strategy to encourage an active attentiveness. Language becomes sound,sound becomes image, and image becomes language.

1.  Selections from Sixty-Two Mesostics re Merce Cunningham (1971)  John Cage  

Performed by Carmina Escobar  -‐15 min.

The score for each mesostic will be projected and then followed by its vocalization. A mesostic is a text with a keyword spelled vertically through the middle of the lines, in this case, the name Merce or Cunningham. Cage constructed these mesostics using the I Ching and printed them in approximately seven hundred and thirty different typefaces and sizes. Published as a musical score, instructions are given to the performer to create a cohesive "cry, shout, or vocal event" in response to each mesostic’s visual elements.

 

2.  The Junicho Video-Renku Book ( 2014)     Eve Luckring
Single channel video projection  ‐‐27 min  

Twelve short “twelve‐tone” video-poems (1:45-‐‐3:00 min each) adapt the 17th century Japanese poetic form of renku to video. Similar to an exquisite corpse, renku uses a complex set of rules based on the structural devices of “link and shift” for the writing of verses that journey through the everyday. In my translation of renku to video, I’ve chosen the shortest and most flexible type, the Junicho, meaning “twelve-tone”. The name Junicho is a nod to the composer Arnold Schoenberg’s method of writing music, which uses a manipulation of the twelve tones of the chromatic scale to create atonal music avoiding any one key. Likewise, renku eschews conventional narrative. I’ve invented video-renku as a framework to explore the “link” between the mundane and the ineffable, and the perpetual “shift” in defining boundaries between the "natural" world and the culturally constructed. 

NOTE: An expanded version of With What Tongue including two other performances premiered at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on Sep. 11, 2014.


Speakers
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Carmina Escobar

Carmina Escobar is a vocalist, sound, and intermedia artist from Mexico City whose work focuses on the interrelationship of physical, social, and memory spaces to the body, voice, and sound. She has developed, and collaborated in, numerous projects that explore a diversity of sonorous languages such as electronic, experimental, and contemporary music, improvisation, folk, opera, and new interdisciplinary works involving technology. She has... Read More →
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Eve Lucking

Eve Luckring’s work takes form primarily in video, installation, and poetry. Her work questions the assumptions—and experiments with the boundaries—that define place, body, and habit. Luckring’s videos and installations have been exhibited internationally in traditional art venues (e.g. European Media Arts Festival, Germany; Video Bardo, Buenos Aires; RedCat and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Lance Fung Gallery, New York... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Bijou

2:30pm

Border Tracing/Imaginary Geographies

Border Tracing/Imaginary Geographies

Within every border is inscribed both the history of colonialization and the buried history of the colonized.  These histories come to light through fantasies, science fiction fabulations, speculations, sketches, or simply the act of crossing.  There is no future free of the past, but the writers and artists on this panel all investigate alternative formulations that reconfigure questions of history and power.

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Samiya Bashir, “Maps” (multimedia poetry presentation)

“When will children stop wanting,” asks young Askar, the central character in groundbreaking Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah’s Maps, the first novel in his Blood in the Sun trilogy (Maps, Gifts, and Secrets). “[W]hen will they accomplish something not as children but as beings?” I hope to present, in progress, an ongoing poetry of erasure as pulled through Farah's trilogy. The poems resist resolution of Askar’s questions, instead pushing them to what may suggest a next generation of questions not alone, but in the same vein of continuum with which Farah himself has taken on (in dense trilogy after dense trilogy) several decades of East African (&colonial) history through character. At present, I am still completing my work with Maps. So, while I can’t yet say how the pieces will live in completion, I would like to engage them (physically) with light, with the projection of language and sound, with the visual imagery being mapped alongside their creation. I’d like its choreographed interaction with live bodies in an interactive space to inform my continuing process and the compass of its cartography.


Hilary Mushkin
, “Selections from the Incendiary Traces Archive” (digital slide presentation)

Incendiary Traces is a collective exploration of the role of landscape imagery in international conflict through public on-site drawing events, artistic, historical and geographic research, and the publication of related materials by diverse contributors.  Artbound, KCET’s arts and culture transmedia journalism program, has been chronicling the project since 2012. Through online reports and essays by various writers, Incendiary Traces is building an archive of drawings, photographs, stories and scholarly research related to the experiences of project participants and the militarized sites we visit, tour, draw, and otherwise “trace”. This blend of art, research and media provides a way for the public to re-imagine contemporary battle space and connect more closely to foreign conflict. For &Now 2015, I will present a selection of images and materials from the archive. For example, these items might include: a map made on tour with the US-Mexico border patrol depicting spatial and linguistic points of interest; survival cards listing “ten commandments of survival in the desert when lost or stranded” published by the 29 Palms Marine Base; a plein-air watercolor made at Northrop Grumman’s Redondo Beach radar and telemetry facilities; or an annotated 1942 crime scene photograph made by a Santa Barbara sheriff to analyze a Japanese attack on coastal oil fields. I will speak about each image shown, giving a brief story about its connection to the project and read select writings that have been published in relation to visual materials. The presentation will thereby offer insights into the instrumental roles linguistic and visual representations of landscape play in understanding international conflict.

Pepe Rojo, “You can see the future from here: Border experiential futures” (a presentation slash screening (with freebies included))

“Desde aquí se ve el futuro” was a series of science fiction-based interventions made during a two month period on the busiest border crossing on the world: Tijuana-San Ysidro. Two hundred artists, mostly students from UABC (Baja California’s Autonomous University), collaborated with images, artwork, dance, theatre and conceptual performances, installations, short stories, and readings in a collective imagination exercise of the near future of the border. A procession was carried out for a saint from the future, a swap meet was enacted (with its own currency), a short wave radio station transmitted for cars stuck at the border’s waiting line and a newspaper from 2043 was distributed among the border-crossers. This presentation (which includes videos) will give an overview of the interventions.

Stephanie Sauer, “The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force” (performative presentation)

The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force – the first artist book to be published by the University of Texas Press (October 2015) – is a semi-fictional account of the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), a historical Chicano/a artist-activist collective renowned for their fleet of "adobe airplanes," subversive performance stance, and their key role as the “graphic arts arm of the United Farm Workers Union” during the Chicano civil rights movement (Pilots of Aztlán 1994). The book engages the tensions between fact and fiction in the construction of historical consciousness and public memory. Its very fiction is a performance and intervention on the notion of historical truth.The book presents “authentic” archives with running historical references to note the blending of Pre-Columbian record-keeping practices with European ones. The performative quality is also evident in the staging of fictional characters like La Stef, lead archeologist of the Con Sapos Collective (played by myself), who attempts to guide readers down the blurred lines between “objective” Western historiography and Indigenous/Chicano cosmologies, but often fails. Nonetheless, the team’s attempts reflect the human predicament of documenting the histories of complicated New Worlds everywhere.This book abandons the didactic instruction of most accounts of subaltern experience aimed at a normatized Western audience, and runs ahead instead with a vivid portrayal of a worldview and a field in which various cultural paradigms already intersect seamlessly on equal ground. At &Now, I will present the archives initially in character to complicate audience perceptions, then directly for greater context.

 

 


Speakers
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Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir’s two books of poetry, Gospel and Where the Apple Falls and two anthologies, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, and BBWE2, have brought some people joy, according to them. Her poetry has recently appeared in Poetry Magazine, Poet Lore, World Literature Today, Michigan Quarterly Review, Cascadia Review, Eleven Eleven, The Encyclopedia Project, The Rumpus, here, there and around. She... Read More →
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Hillary Mushkin

Hillary Mushkin is a visual artist exploring contemporary and historical intersections of visual culture, politics and society. Mushkin frequently collaborates with colleagues from diverse fields including history, poetry, geography, and architecture. Mushkin's projects have been exhibited at the Freud Museum (London), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), and White Columns (New York). She has also produced works in alternative contexts including... Read More →
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Pepe Rojo

Pepe Rojo writes in Mexican and English as there is no other way to go at it in Tijuana, where he has spent most of his life for the past 8 years. He has published 4 books in Mexican, and spent the nineties in Mexico City’s underground press movida, where he also co-directed a series of interventions called “You don’t exist” (with Deyanira Torres). In Tijuana, he directed the graphic intervention “Philosophical Dictionary of Tijuana... Read More →
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Stephanie Sauer

Stephanie Sauer regularly crosses disciplines, performs text-based work, and is the author of The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force (University of Texas Press, October 2015). Her work has been awarded a Corporation of Yaddo fellowship, a So to Speak Hybrid Book Award, two Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission public arts project grants, been exhibited at the De Young Museum, and selected by Brenda Hillman as a finalist for... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Faculty Center

2:30pm

Ooo: Objects as/and Subjects
It has been commonplace in experimental writing to focus on discourse, text, culture, consciousness, or power as the main constituents of reality. Nevertheless humanity remains at the centre of these works, and reality appears only as the correlate of human thought.  Here we speculate about the nature of reality independent of thought and humanity to ask whether the "object" can speak? Can we write from its place, rather than our own?  What do objects have to tell us?  Who is able to hear them? Indeed, what can be an "object" be?

Vincent Dachy: "Should objects be despised?"
Joon Oluchi Lee: "Like a Statuette" 
Matias Viegener: "Spooky Friends" 

Moderators
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Christine Wertheim

California Institute of the Arts
Christine Wertheim is author of mUtter-bAbel (Countertpath Press) and +|'me'S-pace (Les Figues), editor of the anthology Feminaissance, and with Matias Viegener co-editor of Séance and The n/Oulipean Analects. She organized the conferences, Séance (2004), Noulipo (2005), Impunities (2006), Feminaissance (2007), Untitled (2008), Untitled NY (2009) with Viegener, sponsored by a grant from The Annenberg Foundation. Her poetry... Read More →

Speakers
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Vincent Dachy

Vincent Dachy has written quite a few things, most often on Mondays, and published: Tribulations of a Westerner in the Western World, Les Figues Press, 2006, Scraps from the bottom of my pocket, Artwords Press, 2013, as well as texts and photographs in various places. He acts as the spokesperson of VDcollective (www.vdcollective.com).  He also practices and teaches Lacanian psychoanalysis in London... Read More →
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Joon Oluchi Lee

Rhode Island School of Design
Joon Oluchi Lee is the author of 94 (Publication Studio,2015) and Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio, 2013) and “The Joy of the Castrated Boy” (Social Text, F/W 2005). His writing and textual performances can be found on girlscallmurder.com and lipstickeater.blogspot.com. He is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design, and divides his time between Brooklyn and Providence.
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Matias Viegener

MFA Writing Program, CalArts
Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. His new book, 2500 Random Things About Me Too, is published by Les Figues Press, and he’s the editor of I'm Very Into You, the correspondence of Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, just out from Semiotext(e). He is the co-editor, with Christine Wertheim, of Séance in... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
ROD

2:30pm

Nontraditional Collectivity: A Critical Reflection and Reading by FC2
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Fiction Collection 2, an author-run publisher of non-traditional fiction. This panel will begin with a reflection on literary non-traditionalism.  How do “non-traditional” writers work with and against and slantwise to tradition? How can a collective publishing model encourage irreconcilable aesthetics, communal singularities, multi-directional lineages (vertical, horizontal), innovation, and affinity?  Panelists will present a collective response (speculative, critical, creative, necessarily non-exhaustive) to questions concerning the future of fiction. The panel will conclude with a reading celebrating FC2’s 40 years of multifarious fiction experiments.  

Moderators
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Joanna Ruocco

Joanna Ruocco holds an MFA from Brown and a PhD from the University of Denver. She is the author of The Mothering Coven (Ellipses Press, 2009), Man's Companions (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010), A Compendium of Domestic Incidents, Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych, and most recently Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project). She also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz... Read More →

Speakers
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Luke Goebel

Writer of FOURTEEN STORIES| None of Them are Yours, forthcoming from FC2 in 2014, winner of the 2013 Ronald Sukenick Prize for Innovative Fiction. Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Tyler. Worked as an editor and publisher at The New York Tyrant.
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Amelia Gray

AMELIA GRAY is the author of four books: AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, THREATS, and Gutshot. Her work has appeared in Tin House, VICE, Flaunt, Guernica, BOMB, and Lucky Peach, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Gregory Howard

Professor, University of Maine
Gregory Howard’s fiction and essays have appeared in WebConjunctions, The Collagist, Harp & Altar, and Tarpaulin Sky, among other places. He teaches Fiction Writing and Contemporary Literature at University of Maine. His novel Hospice will be released by FC2 in March 2015.
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Matt Kirkpatrick

Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University
Matthew Kirkpatrick is the author of Light without Heat (FC2) and The Exiles (Ricochet Editions). He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University.
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Patrick Lawler

PATRICK LAWLER’S novel Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds was the winner of the Ronald Sukenick American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize (2012) and the CNY Book Award for Fiction (2013). In 2014, Four Way Books published a collection of his short stories The Meaning of If. In addition, he has published five collections of poetry: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough, reading a burning book, Feeding the Fear of the Earth, Trade... Read More →
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Hilary Plum

Hilary Plum is the author of the novel "They Dragged Them Through the Streets" (FC2, 2013). She has worked for a number of years as an editor of international literature, including as co-director of Clockroot Books, and is an editor with the Kenyon Review. With Zach Savich she edits Rescue Press's Open Prose series. She lives in Philadelphia.
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Jessica Richardson

JESSICA RICHARDSON performed Off-Broadway and elsewhere for years before earning her MFA in Fiction from the University of Alabama in 2013. Her short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Fc2 this fall. Stories and poems also won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald museum and have appeared or are... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Lund

4:00pm

Pressing Tender Buttons @ 25 and 100
Tender Buttons, both the press and the poem, work and play to change the way people perceive the world.  Come join in a subversive celebration of Tender Buttons' our 25th birthday and remake the forms of address that such a celebration might take!  All of the Tender Buttons books play with echo, intertextual appropriation and interpenetration from other disciplines: philosophy, science, porn…“Poetry as a theory of everything” said Maria Damon recently in her stitchery. Hannah’s work contains a radical take on the anxiety of influence and the “silent teachers” we all have within us start to speak as we read the map of her mind moving. Dodie’s Cunt-Ups asks us “Is the cut-up a male form?” Who owns the language?

Moderators
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Lee Ann Brown

Poet / Editor / Curator, TenderButtonsPress.com / TornPage.org
Lee Ann Brown is a poet and the founding editor and publisher of Tender Buttons Press now celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Her own books include OTHER ARCHER (Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015), IN THE LAURELS, CAUGHT (Fence Books, 2013), CROWNS OF CHARLOTTE (Carolina Wren Press, 2013) and as editor of CONFLUENCE, an anthology of Black Mountain College tributes, as part of the double volume FAR FROM THE CENTERS OF AMBITION... Read More →

Speakers
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Katy Bohinc

Poet, Tender Buttons Press
Katy Bohinc is the author of Dear Alain, love letters of a poet to a philosopher, addressed to Alain Badiou. As irreducible a work as any poet would antagonize a philosopher with, yet also a metaphor for Badiou's thought, who responds himself in the afternote. Bohinc demonstrates how Love, Politics, Math and Poetry are conditions on Philosophy, sexual metaphors intended, and poetry is everything. Slavoj Zizek writes: "This book should be... Read More →
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Laynie Browne

Laynie Browne is the author of ten collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent book of poems is Lost Parkour Ps(alms), in two editions, French and English. Two collections are forthcoming in 2015 Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press) and P R A C T I C E (SplitLevelTexts). She is a 2014 Pew Fellow. She is currently editing an anthology on the poet's novel. She teaches at U Penn and Swarthmore College
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Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian is a novelist, poet, editor, playwright, critic and art writer based in San Francisco. His most recent books are Spreadeagle, a novel; an artists book with his poems and collages by Swiss-born, NYC-based sculptor Ugo Rondinone; and Tagged, a collection of Killian's intimate portraits of poets, artists, musicians, filmmakers, naked, or nearly so, edited by Darin Klein and introduction by Rob Halpern. His next book is Who Killed... Read More →
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India Radfar

India Radfar is a poet with four books of poetry: India Poem, Pir Press 2002, NYC, NY; the desire to meet with the beautiful, Tender Buttons Books 2003,NYC. NY; Breathe, Shivastan Publications 2004,NY/Nepal; and most recently Position & Relation, Station Hill/ Barrytown Books 2009, Barrytown, NY; plus the chapbook 12 Poems That Were Never Written, Mindmade Books, 2006, Los Angeles, CA. | She is a teacher for California Poets-in-the-Schools... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Lund

4:00pm

Marvelous Trash: Fan Fiction and Conceptualism
Inhabiting original texts as open channels, fan fiction is a richly citational and performative genre, sharing much with concepual writing; yet despite these similarities, it remains underconsidered within innovative writing communities. This panel stages an encounter between fan fiction and conceptual writing to the-orize a fanfic conceptualism. We ask: What happens when we intentionally con-fuse conceptualism and fandom? How might that confusion alter our creative pro-cess or how we read creative process? Moreover, how might fan fiction aesthetics inform not only how we view influence, lineage, and canonization, but also how we construct the boundaries of any artwork?  

With a particular investment in the paraliterary and kitsch aspects of fan fiction, these six writers and video artists articulate a fanfic conceptualism that is interested in identification, occupation, and embodiment: a mode that is affective, performative, and parasitic—melodramatic, operatic, excessive—a kind of marvel-ous trash. Featuring appearances from Oscar Pistorius, Tegan and Sara, the Golden Girls, the Kardashians, and more TBD.

Moderators
JG

Johannes Göransson

Johannes Göransson is the author of six books, most recently The Sugar Book, a lyric novel from Tarpaulin Sky Press. He is the US translator of Aase Berg. He teaches at Notre Dame and co-edits Action Books.

Speakers
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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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K. Lorraine Graham

Communications, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMD-College Park
I'm a literary artist and occasional scholar with broad interests in multilingual spaces, internet fan cultures, network analysis, and the aesthetics of banality. My first book is Terminal Humming, from Edge Books. My second, The Rest Is Censored, is forthcoming from Coconut Press in April 2015. A selection of my manuscript, Graph, is featured in Postmodern Culture. | | I grew up mostly overseas, went to school in DC, left DC for love... Read More →
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Joyelle McSweeney

Joyelle McSweeney is the author of eight books, most recently the play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks (winner of the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women playwrights; published by Litmus Press) and The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults (U. of Michigan Poets on Poetry Series). She teaches at Notre Dame and co-edits the international press, Action Books.
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Megan Milks

Megan Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories (Emergency Press, 2014) and the chapbook Twins (Birds of Lace, 2012), which enlists the Sweet Valley Twins in a choose your own adventure. Her fiction has been published in three volumes of innovative writing as well as many journals. She is co-editor of the volume Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014) and editor of The &NOW Awards 3: The Best... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Coffee House Theater

4:00pm

Ruptures and Sutures of the Everyday

Ruptures and Sutures of the Everyday

Each of these writers unveils different experiential moments of being or objects that are more than or other to what they appear to be.  A quilt made by slave holders, the modest cookbook, internet addictions, disability and the performance of language, all speak in very different ways to the ways in which the everyday is both sutured and ruptured in both texts and objects. 

 

Cole Cohen, “To Suffer a Sea Change”: Performative Writing on Disability (talk/presentation)

Performative writing, critical writing relying on descriptive utterance to challenge a given social reality, is the native language of writing on disability because it is inherently the language of reframing and rearranging. In order to express a rupture in both physicality and mind set it is essential to draw from academic writing that lives somewhere between inquiry and incantation. In this talk, I will draw from the work of Peggy Phalen and Virginia Woolf and Anne Sexton’s responses the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm as examples of writing that enacts a body restructured and thus reclassified. My intention is to examine how these writers use performative language to reshuffle assumptions of the work that writing can do in staking claim to narratives of illness and disability.

 

Robin Myrick, “Prizewinners” (reading & visual art)

The modest cookbook, and the humble recipe, have long been agents of propaganda and hyperbole, transmitting a variety of cultural assumptions and attitudes about those who might put them to use. The rhetoric of consumerism, in the guise of helpful advice and careful direction, so infuses the aspirational element of food preparation that decisions about what we eat and how we prepare it are often the source from which conversations about gender, culture, identity, economy, public policy, and other issues arise. Similarly, cooking demonstrations and simulations -- those frothy, empowerment-tinged segments, programs, and informercials that teach us to "do it ourselves" -- reflect not just the prevailing messages and aesthetics of their makers and their era, but the desire for self-sufficiency and expertise in the viewer, and the promise of tele-osmosis, that we can become better just by watching. Prizewinners is a hybrid poetry/photography/video piece that uses the visual and textual rhetoric of recipes and cooking simulations as a means to read equivalent "everyday" acts encompassing duty, desire, performance, and expertise. In addition to cookbooks, this project writes through and considers a variety of recipe/simulation materials and contexts, from early and mid-20th-century product advertisements, lifestyle guides, government pamphlets, magazine copy, circulars and sitcoms, to modern foodie television, maker movements, YouTube tutorials, films, virtual environments, and "skinemax." The presentation of the work will be a reading accompanied by photo/video projections.


Speakers
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Cole Cohen

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara
Cole Cohen received her MFA in Critical Studies from CalArts in 2009. She was a 2011 finalist for both the Bakeless Prize and the AWP Prize in Nonfiction and she has been Yaddo Fellow. Her memoir about living with a rare neurological condition, Head Case: My Brain and Other Wonders, is forthcoming from Henry Holt in May 2015.
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Robin Myrick

University of Texas at Dallas
Robin Myrick is a writer, visual artist, educator, and instigator currently based in Dallas, Texas. Her work is rooted in conceptual practices and hybrid forms, and often engages the ephemeral or mediated moment, as expressed through television and film, portraiture and the body, and the rhetoric of identity, politics, consumerism, and disaster. She holds an MFA in Writing and Critical Studies from CalArts, and is currently completing her... Read More →


Saturday March 28, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Generator Bldg

4:00pm

Mixed Doubles: Collaboration and Textual Tension
Collaboration can occur, as it did for William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, as the creation of a "third mind." It can also be full of productive tensions that spur us to create work that would otherwise have been beyond us: tensions around authorship, equality, friendship, and, in some cases, gender. This panel brings together five collaborators who have worked promiscuously, in different pairings, with one another. Their digitally-mediated work involves computationally-produced poems, touch-interactive texts, audio transcription and redaction, and a bookmarklet for creating erasures from web sites. Their presentations will address the tensions encoded in their works, the ways digitally-mediated work can both create and stabilize imbalances, the ways difference or otherness inflect the experience of collaboration, and the engagement whereby duels become duets, and vice-versa.

Speakers
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Amaranth Borsuk

University of Washington Bothell
Amaranth Borsuk's most recent book is As We Know (Subito, 2014), a collaboration with Andy Fitch. She is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), and, with Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012). Abra, a collaboration with Kate Durbin forthcoming from 1913 Press, recently received an NEA-sponsored Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and will be... Read More →
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Andy Fitch

Andy Fitch’s most recent books are Sixty Morning Talks and (with Amaranth Borsuk) As We Know. Ugly Duckling soon will release his Sixty Morning Walks and Sixty Morning Wlaks. With Cristiana Baik, he is currently assembling the Letter Machine Book of Interviews. He has a collaborative book forthcoming from 1913 Press. He edits Essay Press and teaches in the University of Wyoming’s MFA program.
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Ian Hatcher

Ian Hatcher is a writer, programmer, vocalist, and performance artist whose work addresses intersections of digital systems with language, memory, and the body. Recent projects include two poetry apps for iPad: Vniverse, with Stephanie Strickland; and Abra, with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, created in parallel with a print artist's book published by the Center for Book and Paper Arts. He received his MFA from Brown University and now lives in... Read More →
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Nick Montfort

MIT & SfPC
Nick Montfort develops computational art and poetry, often collaboratively. His poetry books are #! and Riddle & Bind; he co-wrote 2×6 and 2002: A Palindrome Story. His more than fifty digital projects include the collaborations The Deletionist and Sea and Spar Between. The MIT Press has published five of his collaborative and individual books: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10... 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 →


Saturday March 28, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Faculty Center

5:15pm

Dinner!
Saturday March 28, 2015 5:15pm - 8:00pm

8:00pm

Keynote: M. NourbeSe Philip
Saturday March 28, 2015 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Mod Theater