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Sunday, September 22 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Autotheory and Intersectional Form: Embodiment and the Politics of Hybridity

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Autotheory (such as Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts) and intersectional form (Jen Soriano’s descriptor for work such as Lauret Savoy's Trace and Kazim Ali’s Bright Felon) have generated some buzz in the literary world. Both terms describe work that pushes the boundaries of conventional canons, through their expressions of multiple embodied subjectivities and for their innovations in structure and form. This panel will explore the craft and politics of autotheory and intersectional form, and give examples of the artistic and intellectual richness these forms allow.

The literary practice of hybridity—work that blurs categorical lines of artistic medium, academic discipline, or genre—is flourishing. Autotheory and intersectional form are important hybridity approaches that challenge conventional standards of authority. These forms allow for layered work that can shift theory, culture and even worldviews through the assemblage of historically marginalized perspectives. At AWP 2019, a talk that touched on these topics was met with excitement, and we believe there is substantial appetite for further conversation in this area.

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Shamala Gallagher

Shamala Gallagher is a poet and essayist and the author of Late Morning When the World Burns (The Cultural Society, 2019). In its explorations of race, neurodivergence, class, and queerness, her work inhabits the anguished affects around privilege and marginalization. Originally from... Read More →
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Jen Soriano

Jen Soriano (she/they) is a Filipinx-American writer and musician based in Seattle. She writes lyric essays and performance poetry about the intersections of trauma, health, science, politics, colonization, nature and power. They are the author of "Multiplicity From the Margins... Read More →
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Arianne Zwartjes

Faculty, Sierra Nevada College MFA in Creative Writing
Arianne Zwartjes is an essayist/poet and has been teaching writing workshops on autotheory lately. She teaches for the Sierra Nevada College MFA program and is the author of Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy (U Iowa Press), as well as The Surfacing of Excess (Winner of 2009 Blue... Read More →

Sunday September 22, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT