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Sunday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
The Veer & the Verge: A Discussion of National Identity, Migration, and Diasporic Convergence in Divya Victor’s CURB

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This panel will discuss the making and significance of CURB by Divya Victor, an artists’ book, made through the convergence between documentary poetics and the possibilities of structure and legibility in the handmade book. The book explores how racial and national identities diverge, rupture, and converge in the threshold zones of semi-public spaces—sidewalks, verges, lawns—and in places of quotidian consumption—gas stations, bars, green spaces—which it understands as sites of discipline and surveillance. CURB documents the killing and assault of Indian-Americans and Indian immigrants in post Reagan America through to the Trump era to query how urban spaces defend against the foreign subject so as to mark and claim a pending corpse or carceral entity. This panel will explore convergence as both theme and inter-disciplinary method in the making of CURB, in its iterations as book and multivocal performance. Within the biological sciences, “convergency” names the evolution of superficial characteristics across unrelated species that assists in thriving in a shared environment. As an analogue to naturalization and citizenry, “convergency” can be imagined as assimilative or acculturating linguistic practices, codes, and social negotiation in urban spaces. How do we imagine ourselves as converging and diverging in shared, public spaces? How does “nationhood,” as a production, attempt to manage, curb, or fetishize ongoing cultural convergence through acts of violence? How do these acts unfold in shared public spaces? How might a book’s architecture and facture open multiple layers of reading, challenge oppressive habits of textual engagement and sense-making, and welcome collaboration and convergent peership through reading practices and physical engagement with the book? The panel will consist of four distinct and converging modalities—a reading and presentation of CURB by Divya Victor; a presentation by Aaron Cohick, the book maker and publisher; and critical talks by Serena Chopra and CJ Martin.


Aaron Cohick

Aaron Cohick is a letterpress printer/artist/publisher based in Colorado Springs, CO. His work focuses on the intersection of experimental typography/printing, writing, and artists’ publications. He is the founder and proprietor of the NewLights Press and is the Printer of The Press... Read More →
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Divya Victor

Asst. Prof., Nanyang Technological University
Divya Victor is the author of CURB (Press at Colorado College), KITH (Fence Books/ Book Thug), a book of verse, prose memoir, lyric essay and visual objects; NATURAL SUBJECTS (Trembling Pillow, Winner of the Bob Kaufman Award), UNSUB (Insert Blanc), and THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR MOUTH... Read More →
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CJ Martin

CJ Martin lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a poet, bookbinder, letterpress printer and sometimes a publicist. He is the author of Two Books (Compline Press, 2010) as well as numerous chapbooks. With Julia Drescher, he publishes poetry and art titles from Further Other Book... Read More →
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Serena Chopra

Assistant Faculty, Seattle University
Serena Chopra is a teacher, writer, dancer, filmmaker, soundscape designer and a visual and performance artist. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a 2011-2013 Redline artist-in-residence, a... Read More →

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