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Sunday, October 7 • 10:35am - 11:50am
Working Abundancies: Writing in the Margins of the Neoliberal University

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As anyone familiar with academic life in America knows, the neo-liberalization of the university system has left graduates of doctoral programs in the liberal arts struggling to find viable academic employment opportunities and thriving peer communities within institutional departments. The loss of traditional academic employment and support, however, has resulted in creative and abundant redefinitions of writing as research, of thought as written form. No longer beholden to the ossified institutional models of academic protocol, writers with academic backgrounds have taken shelter within extra-academic writing communities and are innovating new forms for their scholarly research, taking cues from a rich American history of innovative writing, drawing on, for example, the autobiographical impulses of New Narrative and recent redefinitions of the essay form, as well as the post-war poetics of the New American Poetry. The four writers featured in this reading have radically redefined work that began inside the parameters of the university to reimagine intellectual labor from within the margins and beyond the confines of the institution.


Johnny Damm

Johnny Damm is a writer specializing in verbal-visual and creative-critical blends. He is the author of The Science of Things Familiar (The Operating System, 2017) and three chapbooks, including Your Favorite Song (Essay Press, 2016). His work has appeared in Poetry, Denver Quarterly, the... Read More →

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist and performer, cultural scholar and educator. They are an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, as well as Founder and Creative Director of The Operating System, a radical open source arts organization and independent... Read More →

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 →
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Magdalena Zurawski

Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Athens
Magdalena Zurawski is the author of The Bruise (a novel) and Companion Animal (a poetry collection). In the spring of 2019 Wave Books will published her newest poetry collection The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom. Currently she is working on a book-length essay on teaching... Read More →

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

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