Glad to be writing my first post from NYC about to step into the "Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism" Conference sponsored by CUNY and Belladonna, an NYC based organization that " promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, dangerous with language." I love this description and the phrase, 'dangerous with language!'
This particular conference is focused on "the study of the feminist avant-garde" and seeks "to encourage collaboration between radical feminist artists, thinkers, and activists." Last night, I was able to catch the tail end of poets, Cathy Park Hong and Anne Waldman speaking. Pretty fantastic & good stuff!
Im am presenting at 12:45, on two of my favorite experimental poets, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and amazing Craig Santos Perez (also an Ethnic Studies graduate student at Cal!), an experimental critical paper (still in progress). Quite excited especially as I am presenting with other fellow and very fabulous Asian American feminist poets, including Ching-In Chen, Tamiko Beyer, Soham Patel, Cynthia Arrieu-King, and Sarah Gambito. HASTAC members may be interested in Sarah's presentation as it is on new media poetics and intervention! Which further deconstructs the "line" between poetics and new media.
For me, the gathering brings up several questions around the role of technology, avant-garde poetics, and feminism. Has there been a tradition of technology and feminist avant-garde art, generally? How might the intersection of poetics and technology provide innovative new poetic/media forms...? There's flarf poetry, what else is happening "right now" of poetics and technology? On the schedule there are several interesting panels that touch on this intersection, and am excited to learn more.
If you are in the area, please stop by! And say hello!
Schedule is below, as well as a link to the Belladonna blog! And bios of all the fabulous participants of the gathering!