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Sunday, October 7 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Me, Myself, and Eye: A Reading and Discussion of Messy Memoir Boundaries

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This panel explores literary practices that are a blend of autobiography and analysis complicated by observations that challenge bodily experience. How does intellection change the purity of the past? How does body/mind entwinement question the very nature of editing? 
What would it mean to animate a creative/critical poetics subtended by somatic attunement? Four writers will explore these questions through the exploration and performance of critical memoir writing that challenges traditional generic boundaries between the personal and the critical. Creative/critical poetics, here, becomes a useful mechanism for moving between the idiosyncratic and the systemic, bringing into public view individual experiences that, however particular, can be understood as reflective of more collective encounters. By moving between, through, alongside, and beyond traditional genres, these acts of personal storytelling offer the possibility of glimpsing what’s at stake in public culture. For us, the imbrication of creative, personal, poetic reflection, with broader, critical, structural interventions makes possible the kind of organic vitalism which can shift cultural geometries of attention, and bring precarious memories and bodies into view. We will relate: the curated space of the vagina to gentrification; blondeness to conditions of personhood; extractive mining in Peru to fatherhood; and domestic violence to daily aesthetic façade.


Whitney DeVos

University of California, Santa Cruz
Whitney DeVos is a PhD candidate in Literature at UC Santa Cruz, with a creative\critical concentration, where she studies post-1945 experimental poetics in the Americas. She is the author of a chapbook, On Being Blonde, and has published creative work in Whiskey Island, lo-ball... Read More →

Cathy Thomas

University of California, Santa Cruz
Cathy Thomas is a UC President's Dissertation Year Fellow at UC Santa Cruz examining carnivalesque in Caribbean literature with her spec fiction novel Poco Mas. She has worked for NBC, CBS, Warner Bros. and in film development for Forest Whitaker. She is a script reader for Annapurna... Read More →
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Jose Antonio Villarán

University of California, Santa Cruz
Jose Antonio Villarán is the author of la distancia es siempre la misma (Matalamanga, 2006) and el cerrajero / the locksmith (Album del Universo Bakterial, 2012). In 2008 he created the AMLT project (http://amlt-elcomienzo.blogspot.com), an exploration of hypertext literature and... Read More →

Kirstin Wagner

University of California, Santa Cruz
Kirstin Wagner is a writer and teacher living in Santa Cruz, CA. Her creative work is published/forthcoming in Genealogy, Bombay Gin Literary Journal, Gesture Literary Journal, and Something on Paper. She has taught creative writing at Naropa University, Indiana University, UC-Santa... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 9:00am - 10:25am EDT
125 DeBartolo Hall

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