International Transactions: Crossing Borders in Literature, Pedagogy and Culture UTEP-NMSU Joint English Graduate Conference February 25, 2012 at NMSU, Clara Belle Williams Hall Panel Scheduled for 10:30-12:00pm
Creative Writing Panel: "Dreams from the Borderland: Creative exploration of the concept of borders"
From Abstract: Individual pieces presented by the panel will explore various borders in content, in themes, or in the work’s relationship to craft and genre. Members of the panel represent both prose and poetry, and each will present work that explores, defines, or challenges borders in many forms, including the border between story and novel, borders between poetry genres, borders of geography, borders of society, and borders of the self. By presenting this work, this panel will seek to use creative writing to spark ideas and conversation regarding the placement, purpose, and impact of borders.
More specifically, I will be presenting poetry that explores the borders embedded in language, debunking limitations of past paradigms while constructing more inclusive, representative models for the present and future.
AWP Conference 2012 in Chicago February 29-March 3, 2012 Hilton Chicago & Palmer House Hilton
The biggest writer's conference has sold out this year and should be more than eventful with panels, presentations and off-site readings. Stop by the Puerto del Sol table at the Bookfair and say hello.
Graduate Research & Arts Symposium March 12-14, 2012 NMSU Corbett Center Details on my presentation time and location TBA
"Contemporary Poetics and the Skewed Self"
From Abstract: Through reading a collection of my own poems, as well as works by other notable poets, I will explore how contemporary poetics is changing the idea of what constitutes self and identity. What is the "I" in poetry really representing? Is the relationship between the speaker and the "you" always a direct address or a reference to the reader? In the past, a first person account in verse was assumed to be a steadfast, unwavering view of the world. However, more contemporary movements in poetry have veered away from the all-knowing and monological "I" towards not only dialogical depictions of self, but also skewed and fractured renditions of identity. The skewed self in poetry may, on one hand, seem less personal, yet it possesses the ability to create multiple vantage points as well as close the distance between the reader and the creative work. This presentation will show how embracing the other side of human experience, displacement and fracture, through the use of a skewed self, not as an immobile speaker but as a poetic device, allows for the heightened execution of ambivalence and verisimilitude.
Besmilr Brigham Seminar February 10, 2012 NMSU Clara Belle Williams Hall, The Emerson Room at 2pm
Poets participating in a reading of her work with Besmilr Brigham's daughter, Heloise Wilson, and presenter, Robert Snyderman, on "The Storm Is Not Outside Us: A Seminar on Spirit and Nomadism in Besmilr Brigham's Poetry." C.D. Wright edited a posthumous compilation of her work, Running Through Rock, in 2000. Read Ron Silliman's review of the collection here.
Guerrilla Reading Series On-going Event at NMSU on "The Block" Currently running on Wednesday's at 4pm