S137. Mind Meld: Reimagining Creative Writing and Science

F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Einstein described art and science as “branches of the same tree.” In this panel, writers from a diverse range of genres and aesthetics leverage findings from science and scientific language to imagine new futures, unexpected relationships, radical reconfigurations of the present, and the hyperreal. Drawing from findings in cosmology, biology, and physics, the panelists explore the ways science and art inform one another and illuminate some of the mysteries at their intersections.


Brandi Reissenweber’s fiction has appeared in several journals, including The Drum and Willow Springs. She was a James. C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and a writer in residence at the Kerouac Project. She is an Assistant Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Amy Catanzano is the author of three books including Starlight in Two-Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, recipient of the Noemi Press Book Award, and Multiversal, recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. She is an associate professor and the poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University.

Adam Dickinson is the author of four books of poetry, including: Anatomic and The Polymers. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry (Canada) and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (Ontario). Dickinson directs the creative writing program at Brock University.

Will Alexander is author of over thirty books not only as a poet, but as an aphorist, essayist, playwright, novelist, visual artist, and pianist. He is both a City Lights and a New Directions author and is a Whiting Fellow, a Jackson Prize winner, a PEN Oakland and an American Book Award winner.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center