Workshop Sign Ups - Feminist Poetics, Emergent Pedagogies Symposium
Poets and Workshop Descriptions Below

erica kaufman: "it might be a large speech time": epic feminisms, feminist epic

In "Epic & Performance, " Anne Waldman writes, "we all live the epic life," meaning that we all live amidst war, prophecy, corruption, triumph, and belief. Given our contemporary (political) moment, the form of the epic is rife with possibility—a “hero’s” journey explicitly challenges a reader to meet violence head on, to wade into uncertainty, and take charge of the agency language offers. The stakes are particularly high when the poet is not the usual patriarch in training. This workshop will look at various approaches to the contemporary epic as a form of action and activism, and the teaching and writing of the feminist epic as revolution in and of itself. After all, why turn to epic in 2018? What kind of news can this kind of poetics make?

Tia Blassingame: Primrose Press 'Zine Workshop.

Zines are a relatively quick and easy way to self-publish and edition. They can feel less precious than artist's books, and seem more immediate and democratic. Come with an idea, message, manuscript or manifesto. Leave with some layout strategies for various 'zine formats. A bookmaking demonstration will be conducted every thirty minutes, so you can drop in and make your own zines or check out what others are creating. ​

Celina Su: Engaging Documentation as Intervention: Refusals, Subtexts, Polyvocalities as Poetic Practices

How might we reflect upon our own positionalities not (solely) through lyrical details, but through form, tone, refusals, our slippages of language? How do we engage the voices and lives of those other than our own, or transcribe the material and political conditions around us, without “othering” or appropriation, but ethics and respect? In this workshop, we will draw upon feminist and Critical Participation Action Research principles to question and experiment with our own authority as observers and speakers, to trouble popular narratives regarding current events/ struggles, and to play with knotty, thorny, delicious contradictions in voice and silence.

Lynne DeSilva Johnson: emBODY Work / Student emBODY :: The Radical Recentering of Somatic Experience in Practice and Pedagogy

How do our bodies carry the imprint of being taught along an enlightenment-era mind-body binary, and how do our practices, organizations, and classrooms reinforce this dangerous, erroneous division? How do female, lgbtq, disabled / mad, and POC bodies suffer most from disembodied institutional / pedagogical practices? As educators, creative practitioners, and professionals in the arts, how must we consider the body -- especially the traumatized body -- as we teach, work with, and assess students, collaborators, or staff? At what point does its erasure constitute an emergency of equity and access? And: how, then, does this often translate into long-term replication of disembodied professional / creative habits -- with a wide range of lasting effects on our physical and mental health? This workshop will introduce participants to the science of embodied cognition as well as to a range of somatic / contemplative oriented creative exercises to help us locate our own experience in our bodies, as we discuss the radical political and cultural implications of giving permission to ourselves, each other, and our students to exist em/bodied -- while clearly recognizing the privileged position of those few who have had the agency to live, learn, and practice without the body's erasure/negation.

Jennifer Scappettone:Fully Wired & Hanging by a Thread: Choreographing a Rendezvous with the Radical Past

“[M]en have successively conquered a sense of the house, the neighborhood in which they live, the city, the region, the continent,” wrote F.T. Marinetti in his 1913 manifesto on the “wireless imagination”: “Today man possesses a sense of the world; he has only a modest need to know what his forebears have done, but a burning need to know what his contemporaries are doing in every part of the globe.” How can we construct a feminist response to these claims in the 21st century? The Futurists’ call for a globalized and strictly contemporary imagination has been consummated in the age of teeming landfills and the digital cloud—an environment that promises more access to information about the past than ever, but relies on amnesia and the ruse of disembodiment in order to progress.

This is a laboratory for scoring alternative fates by remembering, ragpicking, weaving, and performing somatic scores of connection to radical elders, resisting patriarchal history and the amnesia of the virtual feed. Departing from the two dimensions of the screen and page, we will tap the deep past of poetics and generate our own webs of memory and unlearning in the spirit of Cecilia Vicuña’s “Word and Thread”: “A word once written risks becoming linear, but word and thread exist on another dimensional plane. Vibratory forms in space and in time. Acts of union and separation.” Through experiments in pulling words and ephemeral artifacts into lines and knots, we will score cross-historical communications outtakes, playing with the kinetic possibilities of entangled language. Logistics: Needles and kite string will be provided; participants are asked to bring along some text and/or a series of small, light, cheap, disposable objects that they may associate with a cherished figure from another generation.

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