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Sunday, October 7 • 10:35am - 11:50am
Topside/Underworld: an open conversation on making art at the edge of the abyss through which crisis has asked you walk

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In our late-stage capitalist, late-anthropocene, or what Naropa is calling the captialocene, moment, we’re fielding all manner of unmaking. Where personal loss and trauma have begun to collude with collective loss and trauma, it has become difficult to tell whether our heads are above or underwater, whether we walk on the grass or under the grass. In an ailing culture that manipulates its people by insisting they become immune to affect, to the intensities that inform their bodies as ideology and affect intersect producing emotion, how do we still make art? How do we make do? What do we do? Do we, as CA Conrad suggests, surrender hope so that something more vital may take its place? Do we as Lauren Berlant suggests break into the hymn hum taking place between planes of cruel optimism? Do we, as John Keene does in
Counternaratives defy “progressive history” and master narratives, suggesting possible ways that art might respond to capitalism’s effects. How do we, Sarah Ahmed’s, melancholy subjects unhook our happy objects and form the chorus that doesn’t hurt so bad? Were you in the abyss? When you got back, was there no welcome, but a pile of bills, the to-do list grown exponential, your friends scattered and your family regarded you with suspicion? Yes, us, too. Please bring something you wrote from its edges or an exercise that helped you get from one end of the day to the other or a thought about collectivity that even when depleted, even when susceptible to one’s government, culture, economy, and more painful forms of embodiment, one can still pursue.

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Matthew Cooperman

Professor of English, Colorado State University
Matthew Cooperman is the author of, most recently, NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified), w/Aby Kaupang, (Futurepoem, 2018), as well as Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize (Free Verse Editions, 2016), Disorder 299.00, w/Aby Kaupang, (Essay Press 2016), the text + image collaboration... Read More →
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Aby Kaupang

Aby Kaupang, author of Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me (SpringGun Press, 2013), Absence is Such a Transparent House (Tebot Bach, 2011) and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable (Scantily Clad Press, 2008), has had poems appear in FENCE, La Petite Zine, Dusie, Verse, Denver Quarterly... Read More →
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Danielle Pafunda

Assistant Professor of English, University of Maine
Danielle Pafunda is author of nine books including the recent Beshrew (Dusie Press) and The Dead Girls Speak in Unison (Bloof Books), and the forthcoming The Book of Scab (Ricochet Editions) and Spite (Ahsahta Press 2020, Sawtooth finalist). She has taught at the University of Wyoming... Read More →
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Katie Jean Shinkle

Assistant Professor of English, Central State University
Katie Jean Shinkle is the author of three books, most recently Ruination(Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). Other prose, poetry, and criticisms can be found in Flaunt Magazine, The Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, The Collagist, New South, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She serves... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 10:35am - 11:50am EDT
113 DeBartolo