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

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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.

All conference events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided but no meals.

Please let us know if you plan to attend via the online registration form


SATURDAY, October 1

12:30 Opening Remarks

12:45 Reading and Conversation
Brian Evenson

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

3:00 Refreshments

3:15 What is Poetry?
John Beer
Lisa Fishman
Matthew Zapruder

4:30 What is a Novel?
Laynie Browne
Richard Chiem
Brian Evenson

5:45 Reception

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

SUNDAY, October 2

10:00 Reading and Conversation
Tyehimba Jess

11:15 What is Cross Media / Cross Genre?
Don Mee Choi
Tyehimba Jess
Joe Milutis
Tracie Morris

12:30 Refreshments

1:00 What Is Poetics?
Allison Cobb
Jeanne Heuving
Aaron Shurin
Kaitlin Young

2:15 Roundtable: The Seattle Metropolis – Literary and Arts Sites
Sarah Baker - On APRIL
Aeron Bergman - On INCA
Robert Mittenthal - On Subtext and Autonomous University
Tree Swensen - On Hugo House

3:30 Reading and Conversation
Anselm Berrigan

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 Past Fall Convergences