Fall Convergence on Creative Writing & Poetics


Fall Convergence 2012

September 27-30, 2012
North Creek Events Center
University of Washington Bothell

     WITH Charles Altieri Marie Annharte Charles Bernstein Amaranth Borsuk Lee Ann Brown Rebecca Brown Tisa Bryant Rebecca Cummins Michael Davidson Sarah Dowling Rachel Blau DuPlessis Kathleen Fraser Elisabeth Frost Carla Harryman Lyn Hejinian Jeanne Heuving Ted Hiebert Cynthia Hogue Clark Lunberry Joe Milutis Aldon Nielsen Peter O'Leary Candice Rai Brian Reed Leonard Schwartz Evie Shockley Ron Silliman Barrett Watten Tyrone Williams Lissa Wolsak 


woman speaker pointing at audienceConvergence on Poetics queries the current understanding and practice of poetics within writing communities and the academy. The conference consists of keynote panels, poetics postings, and author performances. All events will be scheduled singularly, so that a conversation of the whole can address, in the words of George Oppen, "the meaning / Of being numerous." 

Poesis can be defined most broadly as making and poetics as a study of making. While poesis and poetics have been important for the areas of literary studies, creative writing, textual and discourse studies, among others, their larger area of concern, i.e. making, crosses multiple arts and disciplines. It is the emphasis on making, or construction, which creative arts (and other creative projects) base much of their claim for cultural significance, since in making new relations can pertain which ratiocinative approaches to knowledge formation often silence.

Listen to a sample of 2012 Fall Convergence writer / artist performances here.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

panel discussion

What Is / Are Poetics?  7:30 p.m.

Moderator | Jeanne Heuving
Charles Bernstein | The Pitch of Poetry
Rebecca Brown | Some Sort of Prosaic Poetics
Rachel Blau DuPlessis | POETICS: pleasure, polemic, practices, stakes


Friday, September 28, 2012

State of the Art  9:00 a.m.

Moderator | Gregory Laynor
Tisa Bryant | ReVerb: Past Presences in Recent Black Arts
Carla Harryman | The Essay as Performed: Between Adorno and Music
Tyrone Williams | The United Divisions of Poetry

Poetics and Ethnography  10:30 a.m.

Moderator | Alicia Cohen
Marie Annharte | Take on Double Take: Spirit Word Story Survivance
Sarah Dowling | Ethnos and Graphos
Candice Rai | Rhetoric, Ethnography, and the Poetics of Everyday Democracies

Lunch 12:00 Noon

Cross Cultural Poetics  1:30 p.m.

Moderator | Kari Lerum
Aldon Nielsen | White Mischief II
Leonard Schwartz | Listening to the Arabic
Evie Shockley | Poetics and the Cross-Cultural Culture

Poetics, Embodiment, and Creative Practice  3:00 p.m.

Moderator | Gillian Harkins
Lee Ann Brown | Confluence
Michael Davidson | Missing Bodies: Disappearances and the Aesthetic
Kathleen Fraser | Whose words are these? Misplacing the poem

Announcer | Maged Zaher
Lissa Wolsak Tyrone Williams Barrett Watten Ron Silliman Evie Shockley Leonard Schwartz Peter O’Leary Aldon Nielsen Joe Milutis Clark Lunberry Cynthia Hogue & Sylvain Gallais Ted Hiebert Lyn Hejinian

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Poetics and New Media  9:00 a.m.woman speaking at microphone

Moderator | Crispin Thurlow
Clark Lunberry | Language onto Landscape — Floating Form Less
Joe Milutis | I HATE NEW MEDIA
Ron Silliman | The Codex is Broken

Poetics and Other Arts  10:30 a.m.

Moderator | Elizabeth A. Brown
Rebecca Cummins | Making Light
Ted Hiebert | Hunting Orange Rabbits
Barrett Watten | dOCUMENTA 13 and the Future of Poetics

Lunch 12:00 Noon

Poetics and Other Arts  1:30 p.m.

Moderator | Herbert Blau
Charles Altieri | Poetics Today
Lyn Hejinian | Returning with More: Imagining an Eddic Future
Brian Reed | The Beginningend of Poetry: The Case of Stanislaw Drozdz

three people on a panel discussionAnnouncer | Amaranth Borsuk
Tom Marshall | Fundamental Fun: the Poetics Necessary IN Reading & Writing Poems
Amanda Martin Sandino | Create. Then destroy.
Anastasia Yumeko Hill | Secretions
Christopher Patrick Miller | Sincerity as a Program for Poetics?
Robert Mittenthal | STAND UP & READ Like a Loser
Kim Minkus | A Poetics of Dread
J. Peter Moore | Beyond The Reality of the Incomparable: Comments on Robert Duncan’s Phonetic Studies
Sonnet L’Abbe | “The Nervetree": Ronald Johnson's Metaphor of Embodied Mind
Joel Bettridge | A Manifesto of the Work of Redemption
Joel Felix | Note on Poetry and Democratic Violence
Eirik Steinhoff | The Placebo Affect: A Poetics of the People's Mic
Crag Hill & Nico Vassilakis | Launching The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008
North Asian American Poetry Collective:
Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Ray Hsu, Tung-Hui Hu, Jai Arun Ravine, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Asher Ghaffar | Interchange, Transformation, Exuberance: North Asian American Poetry, Performance, and New Media


Announcer | Stacey Levine
Carla Harryman Elisabeth Frost Kathleen Fraser Rachel Blau DuPlessis Sarah Dowling Michael Davidson Rebecca Cummins Tisa Bryant Rebecca Brown Lee Ann Brown Amaranth Borsuk Charles Bernstein Marie Annharte

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Poetics, Affirmation, and Dissensus  9:00 a.m.

Moderator | Aldon Nielsen
Amaranth Borsuk | “Very Sad and Very Beautiful”: Toward an Auto-Destructive Poetics
Elisabeth Frost | Transformational Poetics
Cynthia Hogue | Denise Levertov’s Poetics of Eye-witness in the Context of Her Friendship with Robert Duncan

Poetics and the Medium of Language  10:30 a.m.

Moderator | Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Jeanne Heuving | What Is the Medium?
Peter O’Leary | Mycopoetics
Lissa Wolsak | How I left Logos Somewhat Behind


Announcer | Sarah Dowling
William Owen | “everything comes down” - aesthetics and political economy
Hillary Gravendyk | Uses of the Useless: Against the Division of Poetry and Scholarship
Gregory Laynor | What's Happened to the Poem as Poem, Sneaky Pete?
Reg Johanson | Hey, Why Is That White Boy Editing A Book By An Indigenous Writer
Jen Vernon | Incarcerated Poetics
Jane Wong | Dim Traces, Trembling Suspension: Toward a Poetics of Haunting
Elisabeth Joyce | Space: Poetry’s Fourth Dimension
Dawn Paul | Cockroach in a Nature Poem?
Calvin Pennix | React - A Poetics of the After
Thomas Walton | Gertrude-Franken-Wittgen-Stein
David McAleavey | WHAT TO DO
Paul E. Nelson | Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies

THE FUTURE OF HOW2 1:30 p.m.

This conference is supported by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, UW Graduate School, UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, UW Bothell Office of Advancement and External Relations, and UW Bothell Teaching and Learning Center.

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