S241. Editing into Negative Capability: Methods & Impacts of Manuscript Revision

Portland Ballroom 252, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel will consider multiple possibilities of editing including refashioning, opening, reframing, collapsing multiple manuscripts into one. This is not always an enjoyable process—it rarely is. There can be grieving for cut material and reckoning with demands to make narratives/manuscripts more economical, palatable, or “relatable.” Who decides on the final shape of a manuscript and how? How does editing open up the potential of a work? Where does power emerge?



Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche, the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Death Centos, and coeditor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics. She's a poetry editor at Noemi Press and earning her PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at USC.

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist writer, poet, and performance artist. Her texts and translations have appeared in Small Axe, The Third Rail, Two Lines, Obsidian, and more. She is the author of Tourist Art, Swallow the Fish, and Experiments in Joy. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit. A contributing editor for Guernica, she is the Education Programs Coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Sarah Vap is the author of five collections of poetry and poetics. Her most recent book, Viability, was published by Penguin in 2016.


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