THE CONVERGENCE ZONE
from The Convergence Zone is a series of author readings, and artist talks and performances, sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell.
from The Convergence Zone brings together sometimes peaceable, sometimes combustible, fronts of discovery and experiment.
from The Convergence Zone brings to the Seattle metropolitan area exciting writers and artists who "cross" and "trans" genres and media.
from The Convergence Zone discusses and performs written arts in an expanded field.
from The Convergence Zone is open to all members of the UW Bothell community and the community at large.
Readings, Talks and Performances
Thursday, January 28, 2016 • 5:45-10:00PM • North Creek Event Center
Rodrigo Toscano • Reading and Q&A • 5:45-7:45 PM
Rodrigo Toscano will read from his most recent book, Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press, 2014), seventy poetic prose image captions (without images) whose titles are inspired by the popular Latin American loteria card game. Written by a poet who logs in an average of ten thousand miles of air travel each month working as a union trainer and coordinator throughout the U.S., the “cards” reflect a dizzying array of cultural-geographic locations, each one acting as a scene-setter for highly dystopian portraits of “people” caught in a tangle of industry-specific “predicaments.” The author of seven books, Toscano has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Against Expression, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Poetic Voices without Borders, and Best American Poetry. Toscano’s Spanish language poetry appears as a book, Globo-Exilio-Ejercito, and in the anthology, Malditos Latinos, Malditos Sudacas. His books have been a 2007 National Poetry Series Selection, a recipient of a 2005 New York State Fellowship in Poetry and two Fund for Poetry grants. Toscano has been involved in labor movement politics for over fifteen years.
Francesca Capone • Artist’s Talk and Experiment • 8-10:00 PM
Artist Francesca Capone will discuss her work at the confluence of visual art and experimental literature, following her talk with an hands-on experiment. Her most recent exhibition and book, Writing in Threads, explores contemporary and historical relationships between weaving and writing, and was shown at 99c Plus Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of Primary Source (Gauss PDF, 2015) and was included in the visual poetry anthology The New Concrete (Hayward Press, 2015). Capone was the recipient of the Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, as well as Brown University’s Frances Mason Harris Prize for a book length manuscript of poetry. She has done residencies at the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation as well as the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She currently lives in Portland, OR.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from her book The End of San Francisco, a genre-bending memoir about the myriad ways in which people fail each other. Touching upon queer activism, AIDS, sex work, ACT-UP, and the hopes of the 90s, the book asks what it means to be left in the wake of gentrification, loss, and the failures of politics. The End of San Francisco is the winner of a 2014 Lambda Literary Award.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (2008) and Pulling Taffy (2003) and the editor of a number of anthologies: Why are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification and the Desire to Conform (2012), Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (2008), That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (2005; 2008); Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving; and Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write about their Clients.
Following the lead of theorist Rosalind Krauss in her classic “Notes on the Index” essays, Andy Fitch will give a participatory public reading sampling from various indexical texts, most notably his recent Sixty Morning Walks and Sixty Morning Talks.
"Andy Fitch’s Sixty Morning Walks joins a long parade of literature in a line that stretches back at least to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s dreamy promenades and counts among its number Henry David Thoreau’s plain-style walking, Charles Baudelaire’s sketchy flânneries, and Thomas de Quincey’s back-alleyway quests for a Northwest Passage. That tradition includes strolls as different as the country excursions of the Wordsworths, Gérard de Nerval’s peaceful and serious crustaceous cake-walk constitutionals, and the nocturnal perambulations of the Surrealists—not to mention the fictional stalking by Edgar Allen Poe’s “man of the crowd” and the intersecting paths tracked by the wandering citizens of James Joyce’s Dublin." --Craig Dworkin, from the Introduction to Sixty Morning Walks
Andy Fitch’s most recent books are Sixty Morning Talks and (with Amaranth Borsuk) As We Know. 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.
Ryan Boudinot is the author of The Littlest Hitler (stories), a finalist for the Pen/USA Literary Award and two novels, Misconception and Blueprints of the Afterlife, the latter a finalist for the Philip K Dick award in 2012. A former writer in resident at Hugo House, Ryan is the guy behind Seattle, World City of Literature. He is a member of the MFA in Writing Faculty at Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington.
Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including Moving Borders, Out of Everywhere, Another Language, and Prismatic Publics. Her texts have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian. Of dual Canadian/British citizenship she lived in Toronto for many years and currently lives in the USA where she teaches at the State University at Buffalo.
Steve McCaffery has been twice nominated for the Governor General’s Award and is the author of more than 40 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism. An ample selection of his poetic explorations in numerous forms can be savoured in the two volumes of Seven Pages Missing (Coach House Press). As well as Panopticon (1984, revised edition 2011) and The Darkness of the Present: Poetics, anachronism and the anomaly (University of Alabama Press, 2012). His book-object-concept A Little Manual of Treason was commissioned for the 2011 Shajah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates. Four new books are forthcoming: Tatterdemalion (Veer Books, UK); Alice in Plunderland (Book Thug, Toronto); Dark Ladies (Chax Press) and Revanches, a collection of visual and concrete poetry (Xexoxial editions). English born and a long-time resident of Toronto he was a co-founder of the Toronto Research Group (TRG), the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen and the College of Canadian ‘Pataphysics and since 2004 has been the David Gray Endowed Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man is a conceptual artist, media sculptor, independent curator and devoted teacher. She is a communicator and believes that the “personal is political.” Her works have been shown extensively in international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennial, Shanghai Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, European Media Art Festival, Videobrasil International Electronic Art Festival, Impakt Festival, and others. She is an Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong. http://www.cyman.net
Chris Kraus reads from Lost Properties, a pamphlet written as part of the independent press Semiotext(e)'s participation in the Whitney Biennial.
Kraus follows artist and Rolling Jubilee co-founder Thomas Gokey as his work evolves from demonstrational sculpture to direct intervnetion upon the culture of debt. She argues that as art worlds and markets shift, blurring definitional boundaries, and as artists undertake activist projects, conceptual art is the ideal medium through which to engage with capital's flows.
Chris Kraus is a writer, critic, and coeditor of Semiotext(e). Author of two books of art and cultural criticism and four novels, Krause writes for various art magazines, teaches for the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and lives in Los Angeles.
Dr. Jackson 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist, cultural theorist and the Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria. He has presented his works in art exhibitions and media arts festivals around the world, most recently at Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal; Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC); Futur En Seine Festival (Paris, France), Bbeyond (Belfast, Ireland), and Digital Art Weeks (Zurich, Switzerland).
2bears is a member of Beat Nation [Live]—a First Nations artist collective that combines hip hop, live music and digital technology as a way to celebrate the spirit of contemporary Indigenous culture. He is also a co-founding member of Noxious Sector—a communal forum dedicated to the exploration of interdisciplinary artistic practice and creative expression. 2bears’ writings have appeared in CTheory and the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) as well as in numerous catalogues and exhibition monographs. For more, visit www.jackson2bears.net.
Jena Osman is an exciting documentary poet. Much of her recent work is written between poem and essay, and she also incorporates many images. Her books of poems include Public Figures (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Network (Fence Books 2010, selected for the National Poetry Series in 2009), An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004) and The Character (Beacon Press, winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize). Other publications include Jury (Meow Press), Amblyopia (Avenue B), and Twelve Parts of Her (Burning Deck Press). Osman will read from her new book, Corporate Relations, forthcoming from Burning Deck Press in 2014 (25 years after they published her first chapbook!). Her reading will be followed by a Q&A for students and faculty of the MFA program, and invited guests.
Julie Carr and K.J. Holmes present a performance of their collaborative work HIC SVNT DRACONES, and give a presentation and screening of historical dance/text collaborative works, including some of their earlier collaborations.
Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels The Pink Institution, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and forthcoming, Slab, all published by Coffee House Press. Her prose, poetry, and interviews can be found in publications such as The Black Warrior Review, Postroad, Tarpaulin Sky, Fourteen Hills, and other places. She is the director of the Ph.D. program in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, and teaches and lectures throughout the United States.
Richard Chiem is the author of YOU PRIVATE PERSON, YPP, a collection of short stories published by Scrambler Books. His work has appeared in Thought Catalog, elimae, and Everyday Genius, among other places. In 2008, he survived a car accident. He is currently living in Seattle with his fiancé and their loud cat.
Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, most recently Denny Smith, Jack the Modernist, Margery Kempe, Elements of a Coffee Service, and Reader. His poetry and fiction has been published in New Directions Anthology, Best New Gay Fiction 1988 and 1996, Best American Erotica 1996, The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction, and other anthologies. Critical articles have appeared in Poetics Journal, The London Times Literary Supplement, Artforum International, and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Glück also has joined the MFA faculty as an additional thesis advisor.
Bhanu Kapil, Jennifer Calkins, Sarah Dowling hold a roundtable discussion on "Hybrid Forms, Organisms, Biologies," moderated by Jeanne Heuving, MFA Academic Director. This roundtable is part of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics 2013 Spring Festival.
Bhanu Kapil is the author of three full-length works of poetry/prose: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press), Incubation: a space for monsters(Leon Works), and humanimal [a project for future children], (Kelsey Street Press). She teaches thinking and writing at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and for Goddard College’s low-residency MFA program.
John Beer and MFA faculty member Joe Milutis will open this Convergence Zone event with a discussion of experimental translation. Following the discussion, Beer will read from his work. Beer is the author of The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium, 2010), which received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His chapbook Lucinda is just out from Spork Press. Beer earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He teaches creative writing at Portland State University.
Doug Jarvis presents Gut Re-Actions, an ongoing series of performance actions that explore the potential of the human belly-brain as an instrument to engage in a relationship with ghosts and avatars. Drawing on his research into “ghosts and other non-material entities as audience for his work” and his participation in the avatar performance art group Second Front, and the art collective Noxious Sector, Jarvis will perform a new action, followed by an artist talk and public discussion.
Kate Greenstreet's new book Young Tambling is just out from Ahsahta Press. Her previous books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. Her poetry can be found in Colorado Review, Boston Review, Volt, Fence, Chicago Review and other journals. Links to her work in online publications are here. Her videos can be viewed in Medium, Dewclaw, Slope, Trickhouse and TYPO. More about Greenstreet's work can be found at her website.
Jordan Scott is the author of Silt (New Star Books 2005) which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Blert (Coach House Books 2008). Blert, which explores the poetics of stuttering, was adapted into a short film for the Bravo Network and was the subject of an online interactive documentary commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada. Scott acted as writer in residence at the International Writers' and Translators' Centre in Rhodes, Greece, and has lectured and performed at festivals in the U.S., Norway and Slovenia. His areas of poetic inquiry are speech disfluencies, interrogation, found archives and decompositions. Scott is a member of the Kootenay School of Writing. http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/scott/
Alexandra Chasin is the author of Brief, an interactive book published as an app for iPad; the medium is an integral part of the storyline. She received a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 1993, and an MFA in Fiction Writing at Vermont College in 2002. She is the author of Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market, a study of the relation between the LGBT "market" and the LGBT social movement. Her other books include Kissed By, a collection of formally innovative short fiction. Chasin is a past recipient of a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe, a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, and a 2012 Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Chasin teaches in the Literary Studies Department at Lang College, The New School.
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