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Saturday, September 21 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Convergence and Divergence

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How do we tread along a path that can both unite and deviate? Four panelists discuss formulations and the unreliable and/or emancipatory routes that they take.

In practice, the mainstream (Iowa) model of the writing education is that of the writing workshop. How can we, as a community, write and edit not fascism as we imagine it but fascism as it is now? Yanyi’s "Editing and the Fascist Impulse" will discuss the case of Toby Martinez de la Rivas and POETRY deciding to publish his poem “Black Sun,” close-read by Roy Guzmán to have an alarming number of fascist images. He will explore whether there is such a thing as fascist poetry and how does one anticipate or respond to its appearance, or the impulse to find it, as an editor of one’s own work and the work of others?

Brian Evenson will discuss his paper, "The Acrobatically Abject Fiction of Gary Lutz," which explores the short fiction of Lutz by examining the way in which his work has developed from his earliest book to his most recent work. It will examine his use of archaism, the progressive sobering of his mood, the way in which he uses unusual word combinations, and the use of extremely precise words and formulations to nevertheless create obliquity. Evenson will argue how Lutz is one of the most important post-minimalist writers, and one well worthy of attention.

Judith Goldman’s paper "Fallible narration, epistemic violence, and sadomasochism in Samantha Giles's Total Recall" considers paradigms of unreliable narration, epistemic violence, and gendered sadomasochism, as they converge with great power and insight. Goldman will discuss how the work presents a fierce feminist critique of the misogynist cultural gaslighting of women regarding sexual violence and how Giles diagnoses a culture marked by an incapacity for guilt and a pathological, victim-blaming deflection of the source of its own violence.

Robert Mittenthal’s talk on "Convergence Insufficiency: Emancipatory Thought" will explain the condition that causes double or blurred vision and how this plays into disciplines being activated by problems, along with the susceptibility of the humanities towards incompatibilities over the sciences. Mittenthal will explore to what extent these incongruities can be explained as a rift between those desiring a truly emancipatory project, and those who do not by figuring out how one identifies as an individual which can interfere with working out a broader definition of the problems that activate creators in pursuit of emancipatory thought and theory.


Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Songs for the End of the World (2019). His novel Last Days won the 2009 ALA-RUSA Award. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG... Read More →

Judith Goldman

Judith Goldman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Poetics Program at SUNY, Buffalo.  She has published four books of poetry, including most recently agon (The Operating System 2017) and has read and performed her work nationally and internationally... Read More →

Robert Mittenthal

Robert Mittenthal is author of Wax World (Chax), and a variety of chapbooks.  He was instrumental in creating and curating the Subtext Reading Series (1995-2009) in Seattle, and since the financial collapse has been working to induce collective thought via a series of related reading... Read More →

Saturday September 21, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT