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Saturday, September 21 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Whereby the Present Haunts Itself

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Our panel will deploy and present a range of at once resonant and contextually divergent aesthetic practices for radicalizing inheritance. The panelists work through text, performance, installation, memory experiments, political demonstration, and private everyday rite to communicate through the charged palimpsests of ancestral corridors, historical materials (voices, objects, memory, citizenship, routes of flight), and the violence of muted and instrumentalized collective narratives. In excess of the often empty and naturalized spectacle of challenging the present to be haunted by its history, we are specifically attempting to participate rather in more vulnerable practices required by ongoing catastrophe, whereby the present haunts itself.

YANARA FRIEDLAND will reflect on her book-in-progress, Book of the Sleepless, and its composition in somnambular spaces to think through circular hauntings, remnants, lost memories, and traces of the dead that accumulate in cities and bodies.

TOM HAVIV will discuss tools for activating political imagination for Palestine/Israel, the poetics of post-nation and binationalism, and the power of Mizrahi poetics (futurism and pessimism) in the 21st century. He will focus on the relationship his book, A Flag of No Nation, has to its multimodal outcomes and engagements, from performance work to political and community organizing to oral history and the archive.

KRISTINA LEE PODESVA will read a text on the arrangement that was her father—a traumatized veteran—and her relationship to it/him through an archaeology of artifacts (photo albums, papers, and correspondence) to ask what heavy matters are in life that evaporate with death, and then, what is left?

ROBERT YERACHMIEL SNIDERMAN will frame and moderate, starting from his performance work on walking aesthetics and ethnocide.

JANE WONG will read and perform acts of radical altar-making from her forthcoming manuscript, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, honoring her family's experience with hunger and growing up in a Chinese American restaurant.

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Yanara Friedland

Yanara Friedland is a German-American writer and translator. Her first book Uncountry: A Mythology was the winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction award and is forthcoming in German translation with Mattes & Seitz. She is the recipient of research grants from the DAAD and Arizona Commission... Read More →
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Tom Haviv

Jewish Currents
Tom Haviv is a writer, educator, multimedia artist, and organizer based in Brooklyn and born in Israel. A Flag of No Nation is his debut book of poetry. Tom’s work has been published and performed internationally. He is the founder & designer of the Hamsa Flag project, which has... Read More →
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Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman

PhD Student, Simon Fraser University
Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman is a poet, performance and visual artist. He has written, orchestrated, and performed in many experimental plays, participatory and solo actions. His most recent work, a six-month durational performance, Lost in Jüdischer Friedhof Weißensee, will be... Read More →
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Jane Wong

Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, AGNI, New England Review, and others. Her essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home... Read More →

Saturday September 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT