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From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice (On Contemporary Practice, 2017) is the first comprehensive anthology of essays regarding New Narrative writing and community practices by a younger generation of practitioners and scholars. As co-editors Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw write in their introduction, “We are not interested in offering an ‘authoritative’ canon of New Narrative work, nor are we interested in consolidating an official version of New Narrative’s history. Rather, we want to use this as an opportunity to foreground New Narrative as a movement that is still coming into focus, a more or less unstable object that doesn’t want to be ‘fixed,’ codified, or hardened into a limited & limiting list of names and works. In other words, while we remain committed to a set of past works that have been identified as ‘New Narrative,’ we are equally committed to maintaining New Narrative as a dynamic and ongoing project, one with consequences for our present writing.” Roomy in the collective vision that they manifest, the twenty-four contributions to From Our Hearts to Yours address the AIDS crisis, the politics of race, the structural impacts of neo-liberalism on urban space, and the movement across queer, straight and transgender subject positions.

This roundtable presentation and discussion proposes to take up these topics through short presentations and discussion, while asking Why New Narrative now? And, What are the stakes of New Narrative for our contemporary moment?

This event will include five of the book's contributing writers, plus the its two editors.


Amanda K. Davidson

Amanda K. Davidson is the author of the chapbooks Arcanagrams: A Reckoning (Little Red Leaves, 2014), The Space (Belladonna, 2014) and Apprenticeship (New Herring Press, 2013), as well as The Conditions of Our Togetherness, a serial comic on Weird Sister magazine. A 2014 NYFA Fellow... Read More →

Thom Donovan

Thom Donovan is the author of numerous books including The Hole (Displaced Press, 2012), Withdrawn: a Discourse (Shifter, 2016), and Withdrawn (Compline, 2017). He co-edits and publishes ON Contemporary Practice. He is also the editor of Occupy Poetics (Essay Press, 2015); To Look... Read More →

Rob Halpern

Rob Halpern lives between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron Valley Women’s Prison. His books include Common Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), Music for Porn (Nightboat Books, 2012), Disaster Suites (Palm Press, 2009... Read More →

Arnold J. Kemp

Arnold J. Kemp is a poet and artist who has collaborated with several New Narrative authors. He was organizing a residency for Kathy Acker at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco before Acker became too ill to follow-through on the project. Alternately, Kemp engaged Dennis... Read More →

Miranda Mellis

Miranda Mellis is the author of Demystifications (forthcoming, Solid Objects). Other books include The Instead, The Spokes, None of This Is Real, and The Revisionist. She is an occasional columnist at The Logger. She co-founded and co-edited The Encyclopedia Project and teaches at... Read More →

Robin Tremblay-McGraw

Robin Tremblay-McGaw lives in San Francisco, writes about poetry and poetics, and teaches in the English Department of Santa Clara University and at Bard College as part of the Institute for Writing and in the Language & Thinking Program. Robin is the author of Dear Reader (Ithuriel’s... Read More →

Catherine Wagner

Professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program, Miami University
Catherine Wagner is author of Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012), My New Job (Fence, 2009), Macular Hole (Fence, 2005), and Miss America (Fence, 2001). Her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 1:00pm - 2:25pm EDT
102 DeBartolo Hall

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