R270. Writing across Multilingual Networks, Sponsored by ALTA

Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


This panel focuses on multilingual, multimodal literary networks. It addresses the terrain of translation, transcreation, and writing across multiple languages, and examines the way that communities have written and are writing through and against local, national, global, and language networks. What future citizenship(s) do multilingual literatures enable? Panelists will discuss their own writing, perform excerpts, and/or discuss creators, networks, and systems troubling these intersections.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Writing_Across_Multilingual_Networks_Outline_2020.pdf



Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is a nonbinary interdisciplinary creator and performer. They are an assistant visiting professor at Pratt Institute, founder and managing editor of the Operating System, and libraries editor at Boog City. Lynne publishes and performs widely, amplifies often, and resists always.

Orchid Tierney is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Brachiation and The World in Small Parts, and a book of prose, Earsay. She is the coeditor of Supplement, a yearly anthology that documents poetry readings in Philadelphia and is an assistant professor of English at Kenyon College.

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.

Sawako Nakayasu’s books and translations include The Ants, Texture Notes, Mouth: Eats Color, and Tatsumi Hijikata’s Costume en Face. Some Girls Walk into the Country They Are From and an anthology of 20th century Japanese poetry are forthcoming. She teaches at Brown University.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018–19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are a Puerto Rican poet, editor, and translator and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets.


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