Program Events

Fall Convergence

Fall Convergence 2016

October 1 and 2, 2016
University of Washington Bothell
North Creek Events Center

The Form and Formation program was developed through collaboration with and support from the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry. 


Performance by: Tracie Morris


AND Laynie Brown Sarah Baker Joshua Beckman John Beer Aeron Bergman Anselm Berrigan Richard Chiem Allison Cobb Brian Evenson Lisa Fishman Jeanne Heuving Tyehimba Jess Don Mee Choi Joe Milutis Robert Mittenthal Aaron Shurin Tree Swenson Kaitlin Young Matthew Zapruder

For presenter bios click here.


All things have form, and all things undergo formation.  Form often conveys the sense of stable or evolving structures.  Formation draws our attention to the active creation of culture and society through diverse means, including the texts, artifacts, and sites of creative arts endeavors.  Together, these two concepts ask that we conceive of written arts as evolving through pre-existing forms and their transformation within changing cultures and societies.

As Wallace Stevens writes, “Things as they are changed upon the blue guitar.” Marshall McLuhan comments on how our worlds “are not passive wrappings, but are, rather, active processes which are invisible. . . .  Counter situations made by artists, provide means of direct attention and enable us to see and understand more clearly.”  Beyonce in “Formation” plays with the contradictions between regulated social forms and their redeployment in deliberate acts of sabotage and vamping.

Fall Convergence 2016 addresses the most specific and most general aspects of form and formation: from the visual impact of print on the page; to engagement with diverse languages as conveying realities that cannot be easily translated or absorbed into another language; to cross-over endeavors between multiple arts and media; to bodily precarity and changing loves, sexualities and erotics; and to pressing political movements.


SATURDAY, October 1

12:30 Opening Remarks

Jeanne Heuving, Director of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics

Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW Bothell

12:45 Brian Evenson, Reading and Conversation

Moderator: Rebecca Brown

2:00 Working the Page; Working Together
Joshua Beckman
Anselm Berrigan

Moderator: Andrew Carson

3:00 Refreshments

3:15 What is Poetry?

Moderator: Jeanne Heuving

John Beer — Seeing the Wind:  Ed Roberson’s Serial Lyric
Lisa Fishman — Poetry Isn't Anything / Poetry Is Always Right Now
Matthew Zapruder — Not what but why: an unfashionable argument for the genre of poetry

4:30 What is a Novel?

Moderator: Rebecca Brown

Laynie Browne — The Poet's Novel
Richard Chiem — The Art of Confusion
Brian Evenson — After the Death of the Novel: The Undead Novel

5:45 Reception and Book Sales

6:15 Tracie Morris, Performance
(in Discovery Hall 061)

Moderator: Amaranth Borsuk

SUNDAY, October 2

10:00 Tyehimba Jess, Reading and Conversation

Moderator: Sarah Dowling

11:15 What is Cross Media / Cross Genre?

Moderator: Amaranth Borsuk

Don Mee Choi — Punctum = Poem
Tyehimba Jess — The Circle of History and Poetic Form
Joe Milutis — No Info
Tracie Morris — Performative ReUtterances: Black, Talking Back, to Color

12:30 Refreshments

1:00 What Is Poetics?

Moderator: Ted Hiebert

Allison Cobb — After We All Died: the Poetics of the Anthropocene
Jeanne Heuving — Poetics and Poesis
Aaron Shurin — The Sky For Example
Kaitlin Young — Home Sewn

2:15 Roundtable: The Seattle Metropolis – Literary and Arts Sites

Moderator: Justen Waterhouse

Sarah Baker — APRIL in March:  Contradiction, Community, and Formation
Aeron Bergman — Locating INCA, Institute for New Connotative Action
Robert Mittenthal — Ideas have consequences.  Another futurism is possible
Tree Swensen — Literary ecosystems:  Hugo House’s niche

3:30 Anselm Berrigan, Reading and Conversation

Moderator: Jeanne Heuving

4:30 Book Sales

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 Past Fall Convergences





Tracie Morris
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Anselm Berrigan
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Brian Evenson
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Tyehimba Jess
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