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.    

     Readings, Talks and Performances

April 9, 2014, 5:30 pm at University of Washington Bothell

     Chris Kraus, Semiotext(e) author, reads from Lost Properties

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.

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April 15, 2014, 6:00 pm at University of Washington Bothell

     Jackson 2bears presents on "Live Audio-Visual Art and First Nations Culture"

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

     Previous Readings, Talks and Performances

March 2014

     Jena Osman

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.

February 2014

     Julie Carr and K.J. Holmes

Julie Carr and K.J. Holmes will 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.

November 2013

     Selah Saterstrom

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.

November 2013

     Richard Chiem

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.

April 2013

     John Beer

Author 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.

April 2013

     Doug Jarvis

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.

April 2013

     Kate Greenstreet

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.

February 2013

      Jordan Scott

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.

February 2013

     Alexandra Chasin

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. 

January 2013

     Nick Montfort

December 2012

     Leonard Schwartz

November 2012

     CA Conrad

     The Convergence Zone is a place of wild and unpredictable weather because of converging weather fronts.

More information about readings from the Convergence Zone is available from Meredith Field.