Fall Convergence 2017 - Presenter Bios

Presenter Bios

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001)—a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Poetry Prize. Bök is one of the earliest founders of Conceptualism (the poetic school of avant-garde writing made famous, in part, by the activities of Kenneth Goldsmith). Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has earned many accolades for his virtuoso recitals of “sound-poems” (particularly Die Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters)—and he has performed lectures and readings at more than 200 venues around the world in the last four years. Bök is on the verge of finishing his current project, entitled The Xenotext—a work that requires him to engineer the genome of an unkillable bacterium so that the DNA of such an organism might become not only a durable archive that stores a poem for eternity, but also an operant machine that writes a poem in response. Bök teaches in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia.

Arthur Kroker is an internationally recognized writer and lecturer on the digital future. His most recent books include Body Drift (University of Minnesota Press), Exits to the Posthuman Future (Polity) and with Marilouise Kroker, Surveillance Never Sleeps. Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture at the University of Victoria, he teaches contemporary political, social and cultural theory and co-edits the globally acclaimed electronic journal, CTheory (www.ctheory.net).

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, and Entanglements (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), were published by Wesleyan University Press. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award.  Reviewing Partly in The London Review of Books, Stephen Burt describes Armantrout’s poems like this: “Replete with double and triple meanings, they describe chess moves and human institutions, computer code and dating rituals… Such multiple meanings, which occupy the foreground of her poems, lurk behind all human interactions, casting doubt on everything we intend.” Armantrout is also the author of a memoir, True, published by Atelos Press. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, etc.  Her books have appeared in Spanish, French, Italian, and German editions.  She is recently retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics. She currently lives in the Seattle area.

Amaranth Borsuk is the author, most recently, of Pomegranate Eater (Kore Press, 2016), a collection of poems. Abra (1913 Press, 2016), a book of mutating poems created with Kate Durbin, received an NEA-sponsored Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago and was recently released as a limited-edition book with a free iPad / iPhone app created by Ian Hatcher. Borsuk's other digital collaborations include The Deletionist, an erasure bookmarklet created with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul; Whispering Galleries, a site-specific LeapMotion interactive textwork for the New Haven Free Public Library; and Between Page and Screen, a book of augmented reality poems created with Brad Bouse. Her practice encompasses print and digital poetics, book arts, installation, and performance. Borsuk is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Rebecca Brown's new book, Not Heaven, Somewhere Else, will be published by Tarpaulin Sky in 2018.  A Japanese translation of her book, Woman in Ill Fitting Wig, will be published in Tokyo and fall 2017. She is also the author a dozen other  books published in the US and abroad, including American Romances, The Last Time I Saw You, The Dogs and The Terrible Girls (all with City Lights) and The Gifts Of The Body (HarperCollins), and co-editor of two books, Experimental Theology with Robert Corbett (Seattle Research Institute) and Looking Together: Writers on Art (University of Washington Press) with Mary Jane Knecht.  Her visual and installation work has been shown in the Friday Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Simon Fraser gallery and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into Japanese, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, etc.,  and awarded The Boston Book Review Award, Lambda Literary Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, Washington State Book Award, Stranger Genius Award and grants from the MacDowell, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, etc. She is currently Senior Artist in Residence in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell as well as a faculty member at the Master of Fine Arts program at Goddard College, Vermont.

micha cárdenas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell, where she also directs the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab using inclusive design for social change. cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates media art to address the global challenges of reducing racial, gendered and sexual violence and increasing health and safety for trans and queer people, migrant people and women of color.

Jo Cook  founded Perro Verlag, Books by Artists in 2005. Since then she has produced over 125 publications including comics, zines, poetry chapbooks, pamphlets, broadsides, and short fiction. She lives on Mayne Island, British Columbia where she prints on a 100 year old Chandler and Price letterpress. Cook has had artist residencies in Tabor, Czech Republic; in Tallinn, Estonia; and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Last year she was the Audain 2016 Artists' Books Research Resident at Emily Carr University.

Sarah Dowling is the author of Entering Sappho (above/ground, 2017), DOWN (Coach House, 2014), Birds and Bees (Troll Thread, 2012), and Security Posture (Snare, 2009), which received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Sarah's literary criticism has appeared in journals such as American QuarterlyCanadian LiteratureGLQ and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She is Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell and teaches in its MFA program. 

Jeanne Heuving is a writer and a scholar, and is the author of The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics recently published by  the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series at the University of Alabama Press. Other books include Incapacity (Chiasmus), Transducer (Chax), and Omissions Are Not Accidents:  Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore (Wayne State U P). Her cross genre book Incapacity won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic.  She recently published her long poem, “Miss Lonelyhearts,” in Hambone 20, and was one of two scholars to write an overview of American women’s poetry 1950-2000 for A History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry (Cambridge 2016).  She has an essay on Tisa Bryant forthcoming in The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of our Time (Northwestern 2017).  Heuving received the 2017 Distinguished Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Award at the University of Washington Bothell. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing & Poetics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell and is on the graduate faculty in the English Department at UW Seattle.

Ted Hiebert is an interdisciplinary artist and theorist working at the intersection of the technological, the paradoxical and the imaginary. He is the author of In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty and Postmodern Identity (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2012), A formalized forum for informal inquiry (Seattle: Noxious Sector Press, 2015), and (with David Cecchetto,Marc Couroux and Eldritch Priest) Ludic Dreaming: How to Listen Away from Contemporary Technoculture (London: Bloomsbury, 2017). His individual and collaborative artworks have been shown in galleries around the world, including: Open Space (Victoria, CAN), Grunt (Vancouver, CAN), The Museum of Art (Seoul, KOR), The Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle, USA), Plug-in Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, CAN), and The Goodman Arts Centre (Singapore, SGP), among others. Hiebert is a founding member of Noxious Sector Arts Collective, a member of the experimental theory group The Occulture, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal CTheory. He is Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Anastasia Hill is an interdisciplinary artist based in Seattle.  She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2007,  and her MA and PhD in Film and Media Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2009 and 2016.  In 2014-2015 she attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.  Her most recent projects include a counter-fashion t-shirt line sold under the name Dr. Dreadful, and a multi-media zine/e-book series called Depot.   She is also working towards a BS in Computer Forensics and Digital Investigation.  

Greg Lundgren  is a Seattle based artist, designer and curator. He is the founder of Lundgren Monuments, Vital 5 Productions and Out of Sight - a survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest and author of Maybe Death is Like a Light, Greenview Cemetery and The Vital 5 Cookbook.

Donato Mancini  makes poetry, bookworks, and visual art. His books and chapbooks include Snowline (2015), Loitersack (2014), Buffet World (2011), Fact ‘N’ Value (2011), Æthel (2007), and Ligatures (2005). Mancini’s published critical writing includes work on archival memory in Anamnesia: Unforgetting (2011), and a discourse analysis of poetry reviews in You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence (2012). His current book, Same Diff (2017), works at intersections of poetry, contemporary art, documentary cinema and social history. He is the 2017 writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor. From 2018-2020 he will be a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins.

Joe Milutis is a writer and media artist.  He is the author of Failure, A Writer’s Life (Zero Books), Ether: The Nothing That Connects Everything (Minnesota), and most recently “Bright Arrogance,” a column on experimental translation for Jacket2. His interdisciplinary practice encompasses both academic and creative work in a variety of media and distribution modes, including experiments in narrative and poetics; sound and radio; video; new media; performance and various media/literature hybrids.  His work has appeared in Fence, Gauss PDF, Cabinet, Triple Canopy, Leonardo and Film Comment, among other places. Milutis is Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell.

Adalaide Morris, Professor Emerita at the University of Iowa, writes on the expanded field of modern and contemporary poetics, including information art, counter-mapping, documentary, and the digital.  She is the author of How to Live / What to Do: H.D.’s Cultural Poetics and has published an edited collection of essays, Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies, and a co-edited collection, New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories.  Her recent essays include “Minding Machines / Machining Minds: Writing (at) the Human-Machine Interface,” in The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, and forthcoming essays on conceptual poetics and Holocaust documents, on the interplay between contemporary poetics and the practice of counter-mapping, and on the long poem.  With Alan Golding and Lynn Keller, she edits the University of Iowa Contemporary North American Poetry Series.

Allison Morton is a poet, visual artist and filmmaker originally from Apollo Beach, Florida. She received her BFA in filmmaking from Ringling College of Art and Design, and her MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington Bothell. She is most interested in working across the different languages of art. She currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She has published work in Clamor and has work forthcoming in Poetry Northwest and The Sonder Review.

Charles Tonderai Mudede is a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, urbanist, filmmaker, and writer.  Mudede collaborated with the director Robinson Devor on two films, Police Beat and Zoo, both of which premiered at Sundance--Zoo was screened at Cannes. Mudede is the film editor for The Stranger, a Seattle weekly.

Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including, most recently, the novel Dreamlives of Debris. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney’s and Best American Non-Required Reading. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, D.A.A.D. Artist-in-Berlin Residency, N.E.A. Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize recipient, as well as a Fulbright Scholar, he teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah and serves as chair of the Board of Directors at the independent press Fiction Collective Two, currently in its 43nd year making fiction making trouble.

Nisi Shawl wrote the 2008 Tiptree Award-winning story collection Filter House, and the 2016 Nebula finalist and Tiptree Honor novel Everfair, an alternate history of the Congo.  In 2005 she co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach, which has become the standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres.  Her stories have appeared in Analog and Asimov’s Magazines, among many other publications.  She has edited and co-edited several fiction and nonfiction anthologies such as Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, both finalists for the Locus Award.  Shawl is a founder of the Carl Brandon Society and a Clarion West board member.