R134. Pressure Points in the Language Contract: Text-Based Performance

Room 23, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The performance of a text, when embodied and inhabited by the physical body of the artist, presents a particular lens through which to examine the role of hybrid, interdisciplinary texts in breaking out of traditional (and sometimes oppressive) customs of literature, art, and society. Writers who work in multiple terrains of art—including dance, film, music, multi-media, and site-specific performance—will each perform a selection of their work that speaks to these concerns.


Sawako Nakayasu’s books include The Ants, Texture Notes, and Mouth: Eats Color. Her newest translations are Tatsumi Hijikata’s Costume en Face, and The Collected Poems of Sagawa Chika, which won the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She has received fellowships from the NEA, PEN, and JUSFC.

Jai Arun Ravine is a mixed race, mixed gender, and mixed genre artist who writes and performs body texts about alienation, identity/tourism, decolonization, and silence that refuse/accept being a tourist to one’s self.

Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is a poet, multimedia performance artist, dancer, and cultural critic. His latest book is Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other. He is an associate professor of literature and creative writing at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx poet, artist, and educator based in southern California. Angela is the author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times (winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize, Inlandia Institute) and the chapbook Maroon.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside