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R154. Poetry Reading for Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. (Trace Peterson, TC Tolbert, Max Wolf Valerio, Dawn Lundy Martin, Trish Salah) This reading will feature poets reading their work from Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (published by Nightboat Books/Eoagh, Spring 2013). The reading will be followed by a discussion about how issues of trans and genderqueer embodiment and identification influence writing, as well as each author’s personal understanding of the relationship between identity and the body of the poem.
Turn this one up! R184. Prose and Verse Consubstantial: The New Mixed Form. (Peter Streckfus, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, C.D. Wright, Carole Maso, Julie Carr) Prose is our culture’s default for narrative. Writing organized by the poetic line is our default for lyric expression. This panel presents writers who, in lieu of erasing the boundaries between the paragraph and the line, alternate both forms in the same work. Authors will read from their own mixed-form work and discuss precedents from the rich history of the mixed form, ranging from Zukofsky’s “A” to Basho’s Narrow Road. How can mixed form serve the poet? The novelist?
F113. 1913 10th Anniversary Reading. (Sandra Doller, Ben Doller, Jane Lewty, Srikanth Reddy, Charles Bernstein, Ronaldo Wilson) Celebrate ten years of innovative cross-genre publishing with 1913, a journal of forms and 1913 Press! Indebted in name and notion to the radical early modernist spirit, 1913 publishes emerging international writers and artists alongside some of our most renowned. 1913’s 10th anniversary is the 100th anniversary of the year 1913—the year Rosa Parks is born and Harriet Tubman dies; Malevich’s Black Square and Stein’s Tender Buttons; and the movies move to Hollywood and Russian Futurist books proliferate.
Thoreau’s Granddaughters: Women Writing the Wild. (Suzanne Roberts, Cheryl Strayed, Pam Houston, Gretchen Legler, Li Miao Lovett) Do women approach writing both the wildness of the land and the wilderness of their own bodies differently from men? Do women have a uniquely feminine vision of what it means to be wild? Are they judged by a different set of aesthetics? These five women panelists, including memoirists, novelists, and poets, will discuss their literary influences, the joys and challenges, and the internal doubts and external criticism they face in writing the wild.