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Saturday, October 6 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Counter-Desecration: Critical Making for Catastrophic Times

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In catastrophic times, new collectivies emerge & respond. The issue of intervention into the dominant and destructive narratives of progress that rule our age is taken up in Anna Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World, where she envisions collaboration as a means of reimagining and remaking the future. Her emphasis on biological resurgence compels us to consider how we might reorganize our own social processes – as writers, as collectivities of (re)writers, and as writers-with – to generate new meanings and actions, to shift the narrative and its frames. This reading presents participants in Counter-Desecration: a Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan UP, 2018), a collaborative intervention that responds to the need to critically and creatively inhabit our new political and ecological realities. The contributors’ words – 135 common terms, repurposed words, and neologisms – map new perspectives that together provide ways to approach the interlinked social, economic, and environmental forces that shape us, the places we live, and our relationship to them, to each other, and to other species. As Allison Adelle Hedge Coke writes in her Preface, “Counter-Desecration brings sustenance and power with terms made in collective remedying.” What makes Counter-Desecration unique among contemporary anthropocene glossary projects is the brevity of the entries (each no more than 200 words) and the diversity of their forms (narratives, poems, lists, manifestoes, meditations, and microessays).


Vidhu Aggarwal

Rollins College
Vidhu Aggarwal’s poems appeared in the top 2016 poems in The Boston Review, and recently in The Black Warrior Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, and The Orlando Museum of Art’s “Baggage Claims” exhibition. A chapbook about gaming worlds and A.I., Avatara, is coming out... Read More →

Kimberly Alidio

Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016). She received a doctorate from the University of Michigan, held and left a tenure-track position at the University of Texas’ History Department/ Center for Asian American Studies, and currently studies poetry... Read More →

cris cheek

cris cheek is a transatlantic documentary performance writer, sound composer and photographer. He worked alongside Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths with the Consortium of London Presses in the mid 1970s to run a thriving open access print shop for indie poets. In 1981 he co-founded... Read More →
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Shanna Compton

Shanna Compton is the author of Brink (Bloof, 2013), For Girls & Others (Bloof, 2008), Down Spooky (Open Book Award Winner, Winnow, 2005), and several chapbooks. Current projects include The Hazard Cycle, a book-length speculative poem, and Creature Sounds Fade, a poetry collection... Read More →

Jill Darling

Jill Darling has an MFA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in twentieth century literature and cultural studies, and is the author of (re)iteration(s) (Spuyten Duyvil), a geography of syntax (Lavender Ink), Solve For (BlazeVOX, ebooks), and begin with may: a series of moments (Finishing... Read More →

Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her debut collection... Read More →

Suzi F. Garcia

Suzi F. Garcia is Noemi Press' Poetry Editor, and is is a poet in the MFA Program at the University of Notre Dame, where she writes about feelings and feminism. Her work can be found in the Yalobusha Review, the Pinch Journal, NAP LOG II, Word Riot, and more. You can find her at... Read More →

Brenda Iijima

Brenda Iijima’s involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of poetry, research movement, animal studies, ecological sociology and submerged histories. She is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. Her most recent... Read More →

Dana Teen Lomax

Dana Teen Lomax is a poet, filmmaker, and educator. Her recent project THE BEAUTIFUL is forthcoming from Black Radish Books; together with Jennifer Firestone, she edited Letters to Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia) which Cornel West called a... Read More →

Linda Russo

Linda Russo is the author of several books of poetry, including Participant (Lost Roads Press), and To Think of her Writing Awash in Light (Subito Press), a collection of lyrical essays. Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, a collaborative glossary... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:25am EDT
102 DeBartolo Hall