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Saturday, October 6 • 10:35am - 12:00pm
(An) Alternate Notion(s) of Home

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Even if traditional, socially-normative notions and representations of home ever truly reflected lived experience, it is clear they no longer can accommodate the social, cultural, and political realities of contemporary American life. In this interdisciplinary, cross-genre panel, five authors, including two translators, interrogate and deconstruct these limited, commercially-driven ideas of what constitutes home through formally experimental narratives, to offer alternative notions of home. As Wittgenstein famously wrote, “the limits of our world are the limits of our language.” If language is a kind of home, then these writers, whose experiences fall outside existing codifications of belonging, are compelled to employ collage and juxtaposition across medium and genre to invent new formal means of expression. Approaches that traverse boundaries between, within, and across genres—allows these authors to address complicated themes such as transnational identity, adoption, loss, gender, and language through an expansion of given forms. These complex narratives often explore cultural, political, and personal realities. Authors draw from research, biography, criticism, art, popular media, and philosophy to create culturally-relevant artworks that challenge received social norms and push the boundaries of language. Presenters discuss how in crafting (an) alternate notion(s) of home, hybrid forms also invite the critique of social categories in our family-centric culture.

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Mary-Kim Arnold

Visiting Lecturer, Brown University
Mary-Kim Arnold’s Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018), an experimental memoir about her adoption from Korea at the age of two, has been honored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, featured in NPR’s Code Switch 2018 Book Guide, and named by Entropy... Read More →

Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz is the author of five books, including how do I net thee (Salmon Poetry, 2018), the sun a blazing zero (forthcoming), and Sisyphusina (forthcoming), and two chapbooks including FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her writing appears widely in venues including Poetry, American Poetry... Read More →

Allison Grimaldi Donahoe

Allison Grimaldi Donahue is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in places like Words Without Borders, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Funhouse Magazine and Mousse Magazine. She has been a Bakeless Fellow at the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference and artist in... Read More →

Johannes Göransson

University of Notre Dame
Johannes Göransson (b. 1973) is the author of eight books, including The Sugar Book, the memoir POETRY AGAINST ALL (forthcoming) and a critical book about translation, Transgressive Circulation (forthcoming). He has translated a number of books, including works by Kim Yideum, Aase... Read More →
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Diana Khoi Nguyen

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018) which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and forthcoming collection, Root Fractures (Scribner 2024). Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow, recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:35am - 12:00pm EDT
129 DeBartolo Hall