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Saturday, October 6 • 4:00pm - 5:20pm
De-Re-Forming Pop Culture: Innovative Approaches to Post-Internet Writing

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A reading featuring poets and fiction writers working with found material from social media, websites, TV reality shows, video games and more. . . How can innovative writing intervene in the constant flow of likes, posts, images, information and commodities that algorithmically fills our lives under late capitalism? Where is meaning to be found in this context – or generated? From Facebook to Hoarders to Koko the Gorilla and mass shootings, panelists present new ways of looking at our everyday media landscape in all its splendor, kitsch and horror. Reading will be followed by a discussion that teases out the subversive formal and political dimensions of the work, with special attention to questions of satire, pastiche, polyvocality, digital excess, overconsumption, environmental collapse and gun violence.


Kate Durbin

Visiting Professor, Whittier College
Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. Her books include the forthcoming HOARDERS (Gramma), E! Entertainment (Wonder), The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books), and the collaboration ABRA (1913 Press). ABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is "a living text," which... Read More →
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Becca Klaver

Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow, Cornell College
Becca Klaver is the author of two books of poetry—LA Liminal (Kore Press) and Empire Wasted (Bloof Books)—and several chapbooks. Her critical writing appears in College Literature, Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, and elsewhere. As an editor, she cofounded Switchback... Read More →

Wiliam Lessard

William Lessard is a writer and critic based in New York. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Prelude, PANK, and Heavy Feather Review. His visual work has been featured at MoMA PS 1. With Mary Boo Anderson, he is editing an anthology of Brooklyn... Read More →

Janet Sarbanes

Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collections Army of One and The Protester Has Been Released. Recent short fiction appears in Black Clock, P-Queue, Entropy and North Dakota Quarterly. A 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol art writer’s grant, Sarbanes... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
140 DeBartolo Hall