A poem has the power to tune our attention to how language, a tool we use everyday, constructs the world around and within us. The Poetry and Publishing Track seeks to engage with the ways that poetry and publishing can be used to assemble individuals for the purposes of dreaming, healing and resistance. We think about publishing as anything that activates publics by connecting a text to an audience, whether that text is spoken, performed, or printed. Participants in this track will explore questions around the social and documentary aspects of poetry, themes of authorship and identity, the role poetry plays in transformative pedagogy, and conversations around publishing, distribution, and access. Through workshops, presentations, slams and readings, participants will have the chance to share and reflect on their own creative practice and to join a network of socially engaged poets, performers, and publishers to discuss historic and contemporary poetics and publishing practices in the context of social justice.
Coordinators of this track are Megan Stockton, Maia Asshaq, Mahogany Jones, and Matt Polzin.
Call for Participation
We are seeking proposals from poets, performers, translators, small presses, and educators who are interested in using poetry and publishing for media-based organizing. We think about publishing as an act that connects a text to an audience, whether that text is spoken, performed, or printed. It is a tool for expression, just as it is a means for generating space for others to assemble around the ideas and feelings expressed.
We’re interested in proposals for sessions, workshops, and panels that:
- Consider the documentary aspects of poetry. How can poetry be a tool for healing and grieving? How does poetry allow us to witness what has otherwise been invisibilized?
- Address the ways in which poetry and science fiction create alternative spaces for contesting power and advocating for new forms of relation.
- Discuss the social aspects of poetry. How can a poem commune with those not present? How can poetry assemble people across distances and borders?
- Discuss the many lives of publishing. Why publish? How do emergent technologies shape writing, publishing, and distribution practices? What are the current issues of exclusion and inclusion in the publishing world?
- Address issues of authorship and identity. Who can say what? How can poetry be used to reclaim language?
Beyond the questions and themes outlined above, if the idea of poetry and publishing resonates with you, please send us your thoughts and proposals.