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Sunday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Multimodal Convergence: Situating Activist Poetics Through Multimodal Collaboration

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How do multimodal poetics and collaborations converge with social activism? How do they create unexpected coalitions and healing through expanding performance and digital arts platforms? This panel looks at multimodal poetics as explicitly collaborative work responsive to increasing social division. At the convergence point between art form and artist, we see political hope emergent in sustained collaborations between backgrounds (QTPOC/queer/South Asian/Cuban-American communities) and craft (game design/virtual reality/spoken word/music composition). We posit that coalition-building functions across these spaces precisely because of their dependence on cross-arts and cross-discipline collaboration. These convergences include:

1. Two collaborators (VR Designer Aaron Holloway and Visual Artist Jordan Havlicek) on a VR Poetry game created with a cohort of poets, wherein participants can build, draw, write, and visit politically mediated identity;
2. Twitter poetry (Visual Artist and Performer Jan Okemgbo) spliced with video game playing footage, which is produced in open access media as a video poetry;
3. Two collaborators – (Poet Dr. Patrick Milian and Composer Emerson Eads) – on the song cycle they produced in the ambiguous space between art song and chamber opera on queer love resisting binaristic social formations, The Gleaners; and,
4. A spoken word poetry performance and discussion (Poet and Performer Ananya Garg) on navigating South Asian and queer identity as collaboratively negotiated between performer and audience.

Finally, to situate the seven speakers and their four hybrid performances and discussions, the panel host (C. R. Grimmer) will frame the conversation and suggest audience engagement. This framing comes out of the panel host’s own the conversation through their research on activist poetry and related multimodal poetics from the 1960’s to the present, and their framing questions will ask how contemporary digital and public arts coalitions create historically grounded spaces for building necessary, emergent worlds of activist poetics.


Emerson Eads

As a composer and conductor, Dr. Emerson Eads has devoted himself to music of social concern. His Mass for the Oppressed, a setting of the Ordinary of the Mass featuring textual interpolations by his brother Evan Eads, and a Credo adapted from the diary of Pope Francis before his... Read More →

Ananya Garg

Ananya Garg is a young queer Indian poet and spoken word performance artist who sees her QTPOC arts community as a central force in her healing process. She has appeared in Tasveer's 2018 Yoni Ki Baat, directed by Uma Rao, Tasveer's Subcontinental Drift, and Yoni Ki Baat 2018 in San... Read More →
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C. R. Grimmer

Lecturer, The University of Washington
C. R. Grimmer (she/her/they/them) is a poet, scholar, and lecturer on the UW Seattle and Bothell campuses with an MFA, MA, and PhC. They host and produce The Poetry Vlog (TPV). Supported through an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship and Jack Straw Artist Support Fellowship, TPV... Read More →

Aaron Holloway

Aaron Holloway (presenting with Jordan Havlicek) is an alumni Computer Science student here at the University of Washington's Bothell campus. Software development is my profession, and virtual/augmented reality is my passion. In his coursework, he explored the use of these technologies... Read More →

Patrick Milian

Patrick Milian is a David A. Robertson Fellow, doctoral candidate, and teacher at the University of Washington where he also received his MFA. He has been a William Ralph Wayland Fellow, the recipient of a grant from the Klepser Endowment, and winner of the Richard J. Dunn Teaching... Read More →

Jan Okemgbo

Jan is a student at UW Bothell, majoring in Media and Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. Jan has been exploring different aspects of poetry and social media through making tweets about Nintendo's Splatoon 2 that are melodramatic, combining an affinity for the game and... Read More →

Sunday September 22, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT