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Saturday, October 6 • 2:35pm - 3:50pm
Making a Language We Can Learn: Poetics as Collaborative Praxis

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In our creative-critical presentation, we reimagine the temporal and spatial boundaries of the conference panel - extending our poetic making as collaborative praxis before and after the realtime &NOW Notre Dame event. Invoking Paulo Freire’s definition of praxis as “reflection and action directed at the structures to be transformed,” we ask: what becomes possible when we begin our panel before the panel? What new conceptions of sense-making and text-making happen if we bring this work to the actual panel and invite attendees to join a making that will extend beyond our gathering together in a room? How might new considerations of collaboration spark innovative, process-oriented approaches to poetry, narrative and performance? What emergent communities are put into motion in this praxis?

In the spirit of alternative structures that embody constitutive, living energies - rhizomatic, mycorrhizal, vibrational, and prismatic - we seek new ways of making creative work. We begin with a public call for submissions around an initial question: What do we do together? Next, we will curate the texts into a print publication launched at the panel, where we will read and perform from the publication and discuss our process. Simultaneously, we will launch an online version, inviting attendees to live annotate and co-create during and after the panel. In this way, the text moves into new iterations of itself, absorbing &NOW energies, carrying and transmuting them into the ongoing publication. Where will this take us and who will this us be when the panel beyond the panel continues...

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Harold Abramowitz

Charles R. Drew University
Harold Abramowitz’s books include Blind Spot, Not Blessed, Dear Dearly Departed, and Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies & Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will (with Amanda Ackerman). Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus... Read More →
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Janice Lee

Assistant Professor, Portland State University
Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness... Read More →

Andrea Quaid

Andrea Quaid's work focuses on late 20th and 21st Century North American literature, poetry and poetics, pedagogy, and feminist studies. She is co-editor of Acts + Encounters, a collection of works about experimental writing and community. She is also co-series founder and editor... Read More →

Dennis James Sweeney

Dennis James Sweeney's writing and research focus on in-between spaces and organisms: the Maltese isles, moss and lichen, the Antarctic continent, and linked short prose forms. He is the author of three chapbooks—Poems About Moss, THREATS, and What They Took Away—as well as writing... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 2:35pm - 3:50pm EDT
129 DeBartolo Hall