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Friday, September 20 • 9:00am - 10:15am
The World in the Word: Diction as World-Building

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The concept of world-building, or the creation of imaginary environments, is often associated with the construction of gigantic narrative structures, whether in prose, film, games, or other media. This panel looks at world-building at the microlevel: we’ll consider how word choice in poetry and fiction can assemble constellations of connotation and implicit context, in effect conjuring worlds within the phrase or line. In particular, how can the deployment of seemingly discordant or dissonant diction open up imaginary spaces of novel social possibility? In the neighborhood of our topic are such recent theoretical interventions as Fred Moten’s invocation of vernacular collision and Daniel Tiffany’s secret history of kitsch.


John Beer

John Beer is the author of Lucinda (2016) and The Waste Land and Other Poems (2010), and the editor of Poems (1962-1997) by Robert Lax (2013). He teaches creative writing at Portland State University.
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Megan Kaminski

Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Megan Kaminski is a poet and essayist. She is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015) and Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), with a third book Gentlewomen forthcoming from Noemi Press (2020). She is an associate professor in the University of Kansas' Graduate... Read More →

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers is a writer who publishes in multiple genres. His fiction has appeared in ACM: Another Chicago Magazine, Identitytheory.com, Longform.org, Nth Word, PANK, The Operating System, and Thought Catalog, among other places. Shavers’ non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews... Read More →
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Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano's newest book of poetry is In Range (Counterpath Books, 2019). His previous books include, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. Recent anthology appearance include... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT