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Saturday, October 6 • 2:35pm - 3:50pm
Second Person Permeable: Queer Epistolary Poetry

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In queer epistolary poetry, how do the boundaries between private desire and social experience begin to unravel? What does it mean for poets to project the body, its desires, and its grievances across the gaps between the the living and the dead, the human and the non-human? Panelists will read and discuss their own experiments with the epistolary form, which address such issues as the potential for intimacy with strangers, the relationship between sex, power, and political solidarity, the ongoing impact of colonialism on the mestizx body, spellwork and conversing with the dead, the queerness of space travel, and the ways that machines embody emotion and gender.

Speakers
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Brent Armendinger

Associate Professor of English and World Literature, Pitzer College
Brent Armendinger is the author of The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying (Noemi Press, 2015), a finalist for the California Book Award in Poetry and Street Gloss, a book of experimental translations forthcoming from The Operating System in 2019. He also has two chapbooks, Undetectable (Diagram/New... Read More →
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Oliver Baez Bendorf

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Kalamazoo College
Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of Advantages of Being Evergreen (forthcoming 2019), winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center's 2018 Open Book Poetry Competition, and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015). His poems were anthologized in Troubling the Line... Read More →
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Jessica Rae Bergamino

Jessica Rae Bergamino is the author of UNMANNED, winner of Noemi Press' 2017 Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbooks The Desiring Object (Sundress Publications, 2016), The Mermaid Singing (dancing girl press, 2015), and Blue in All Things: a Ghost Story (dancing girl press, 2015... Read More →
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Angel Dominguez

Angel Dominguez is a Latinx poet and performance artist of Yucatec Mayan descent, born in Hollywood, and raised in Van Nuys, CA by his immigrant family. He’s the author of Desgraciado (EconoTextualObjects, 2017) and Black Lavender Milk (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2015). His work... Read More →
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Margaret Rhee

Margaret Rhee is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011), Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015), nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award, SFPA (Science Fiction Poetry Association), and her full length collection Love, Robot (The Operating... Read More →


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