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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:15pm

LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

This symposium will curate critical and collaborative discussions around the relationships between the disabled body and contemporary poetic practices through avenues that test the very limits of poetry, publics, and performance. In what way can disability and the disabled body influence poetry?

Organized by Jennifer Bartlett, Ariel Resnikoff, and Orchid Tierney, in collaboration with Knar Gavin, Declan Gould, Davy Knittle, Michael Northern, and Adam Sax. With support from The Creative Writing Program at The Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Kelly Writers House, the Department of English, the Wolf Humanities Center, the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, the Jewish Studies Program, and the Poetry and Poetics Reading Group.

Symposium is free and open to the public.



10:00-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-10:35 Welcome

10:35-11:35 Larry Eigner’s Disability Poetics

     Jennifer Bartlett, Michael Davidson, George Hart

     Moderator: Charles Bernstein

11:35-11:45 Break

11:45-12:45: Disability & Performance

     torrin a. greathouse, Camisha Jones

     Moderator: Declan Gould

12:45-1:45 Lunch

1:45-2:45 Poetic Experiment & Disability

     Sharon Mesmer, Gaia Thomas, Kathi Wolfe

     Moderator: Orchid Tierney

2:45-3:00 Break

3-4:00: Keynote with Meg Day

     Introduction: Jennifer Bartlett

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-5:15 Poetry reading

     Jennifer Bartlett, Jim Ferris, Ona Gritz, Dan Simpson, Brian Teare

5:15 Reception 

For more information, contact Orchid Tierney (