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Saturday, October 6 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Crypto-Poiesis: Reimagining the Real through the Non-Human

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This panel will address ways in which occult, imaginative, and non-human methods of poiesis can de-center, interrogate, and re-compose what is traditionally thought of as the "real," in some of its complex permutations. Our papers will explore ways in which nature and the non-human provide powerful models by which we can come to new understandings of non-human creative processes and the formation of a non-human ontology. The term "nature" is fraught with complexities, and no longer signifies a space apart from human activity and intervention. But, without reverting to a naive or Romantic understanding of the natural world, our presentations will invoke nature as a location which de-prioritizes the human subject or a location in which human and non-human can blur and conjoin. Or, perhaps we will find that non-human methods of poiesis and poetic inquiry into the real close themselves off from the human subject and can only be peered into from a distance. In the case of so-called occult poets, the magical aspiration to actually invoke the supernatural through poiesis demonstrates another way that writers have attempted to escape subjectivity. The presentations will blend creative work and critical writing as a means of endeavoring to both define and exemplify (or at least to point towards) a way to use cryptic and non-human knowledge to articulate the real through objects and poetic forms.

*This panel is a hybrid of critical papers and creative reading*

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Claire Cronin

PhD student, University of Georgia
Claire Cronin is a poet and songwriter from Los Angeles who currently lives in Athens, GA. She is the author of A Spirit is a Mood Without a Body, winner of the 2018 Dead Lake Chapbook contest. She also won the 2014 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Award, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Claire's... Read More →
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Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. His poems have appeared in Bullets into Bells, Burning House Press Online, OmniVerse, SAND, Yalobusha Review, DIAGRAM, Gigantic Sequins, Bat City Review, and others. He recently completed... Read More →

Connor Fisher

Connor Fisher lives in Athens, Georgia. He has an MA in English Literature from the University of Denver, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is working towards a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. Reviews and poetry... Read More →

Jake Syersak

Jake Syersak received his MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. His poems have appeared in Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Black Warrior Review, Omniverse, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. He... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:25am EDT
138 DeBartolo Hall

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