S234. Not Yet a Genre: Writing Beyond Words

F149, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


There are times when words are not enough—when the image wants to remain an image, when the body is best described by the motion of the body itself. Using schematics, paper cutouts and drawings, aerial acrobatics, embroidery, and film, these writers genre-bend beyond poetry and prose to create a conversation between elements on and off the page. Panelists show and read examples of their work, discuss their process and techniques, and engage in a Q&A session.


Ellie Kozlowski is a poet, nonfiction writer, filmmaker, and comic artist. Her writing has appeared in Knockout, Sundress, Lilac City Fairy Tales, and elsewhere. Her films won first place in the TWIST Queer Film Festival's Filmmaking Challenge two years in a row.

Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collection Book of Exodus. Her interdisciplinary project combining poetry, erasure, and embroidery received a Spokane Arts Grant Award.

Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness. A CantoMundo and Lambda fellow, his poems and comics have appeared in American Poetry ReviewPoetry NorthwestWest Branch, and elsewhere. As of Fall 2018, he is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry) at Kalamazoo College.

Emily Van Kley is the author of The Cold and the Rust. Her work has been awarded the Iowa Review Award, the Florida Review Editors' Prize, the Loraine Williams Prize for Poetry, and the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry among other publications.

Dustin Parsons is the author of Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams. He is the winner of a New York Fine Arts grant and an Ohio Arts Grant in nonfiction. He teaches at the University of Mississippi.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center