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Saturday, October 6 • 1:00pm - 2:25pm
Form and (Dis)Content: Speculative and Experimental Approaches to Language by Authors of Color

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The aim of this panel is to discuss the many ways writers of color approach common literary traditions, genres, and tropes, as well as the idea of a standard(izing) notion of language itself. We plan to highlight the various strategies and rationales authors of color use to break from “standard English,” and also debate if there should be—or even needs to be—better recognition and a reclassification of literary forms that use multilingual and/or varied syntax and grammar. Robert Duncan [famously?] said, “I don’t seek a synthesis, but a melee.” And yet, this panel will be both synthesis and melee, as its participants will discuss their experiences blending literary and genre fiction, poetry with creative or critical prose, as a means by which to speak to, about, and from certain personal/political identities and viewpoints.


Laurin DeChae

University of Albany
Laurin DeChae, Ph. D. candidate at the University at Albany. She received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of New Orleans. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Cleaver Magazine, burntdistrict, S/WORD, Rose Red Review, Rust + Moth, Really System and Star*Li... Read More →

Kenning JP Garcia

Kenning JP Garcia is a diarist and antipoet living in Albany, NY.

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers is a writer who publishes in multiple genres. His fiction has appeared in various journals known for showcasing experimental and innovative work, including ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, www.identitytheory.com,Longform.org,Nth Word, Pankmagazine, The Operating System... Read More →

Erika T. Wurth

Erika T. Wurth’s publications include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. Her novel You Who Enter Here is forthcoming from SUNY. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing... Read More →

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