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Saturday, September 21 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Expanding the Inquiry: RAD! Residencies @&Now

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For our presentation, we bring RAD! Residencies, a critical-creative literary event most often hosted in Los Angeles, to &NOW. In the spirit of alternative artistic and knowledge making practices, we bring together three points of convergence: poetics, curation, and literary community building. These points - in motion, as sparks carrying forth, gathering, dynamic in their transforming energy, porous to interruption, asides and unpredictable happenings - offer ways to embody collaborative making as an ethos toward imagining a different world and how we might act together in it.

We will highlight and amplify the interconnections between writers that organically arose through the writers’ residencies and their chosen themes. They chose themes that they wanted to think about publicly with attendees, interlocutors who also actively responded and wrote and shared at these events. Residents’ return to their themes and ask us to consider poetry’s responsibility to address the past harms lived into our present time, ecological crisis and living with symbiotic nonhuman others, histories of colonialism conjured along the Los Angeles River, and poetics as a way to create collective cognitive changes that may help us to respond meaningfully and urgently to our shared social-political emergency.

Our panel will begin with a curatorial statement, followed by readings, conversation, and a full-room collaborative activity that we hope will expand our intentional literary community building into even more activated, energized, inviting &NOW points.

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Harold Abramowitz

Charles R. Drew University
Harold Abramowitz’s books include Blind Spot, Not Blessed, Dear Dearly Departed, and Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies & Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will (with Amanda Ackerman). Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus... Read More →
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Will Alexander

Poet, Individual
Will Alexander works in multiple genres. In addition to being a poet, he is also a novelist, essayist, aphorist, playwright, philosopher, visual artist, and pianist. His influences range from poetic practitioners, such as Aimé Césaire, Bob Kaufman, Andre Breton, Antonin Artaud... Read More →
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Michelle Detorie

Michelle Detorie is the author of numerous chapbooks including Fur Birds (Insert Press), How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs), and Bellum Letters (Dusie). She also makes visual poems, poetry objects, time-based poetry, and curates the public art project, The Poetry Booth. Her first full-length... Read More →
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Joseph Mosconi

Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and is the author of Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), Demon Miso/Fashion in Child (Make Now Books, 2014), Renaissance Realism (Gauss PDF, 2016), and, with Pauline Beaudemont... Read More →

Gillian Osborne

Gillian Osborne is a writer and educator based in California. She’s the author of a forthcoming book of non-fiction, Green Green Green (Nightboat Books, 2020), and the co-editor of a collection of critical essays on ecopoetics. She teaches and designs courses on American poetry... Read More →

Andrea Quaid

Andrea Quaid is a writer and educator. Her work focuses on poetry and poetics, pedagogy, and feminist studies. She is co-editor of Acts + Encounters, a collection of works about experimental writing and community. She is also co-series founder and editor of Palgrave Studies in Contemporary... Read More →
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Laura Vena

Managing Editor, Founder, Two If By Sea Journal & Press
Laura Vena is a writer, editor, translator, and animal activist whose work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, Antennae and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the 1913 Press First Book Prize by John Keene... Read More →

Saturday September 21, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm PDT