The Page Blinks Back :: Image, Text & Screen

Room 2101, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


As literary publishing adapts to the rise of literary comics, visual essays, and intermedia fictions championed by indie presses and online magazines, editors are selecting for more writing that moves visually. But what makes a multimedia text? And what makes a good one? Which strategies make visual elements inextricable from rather than extraneous to text? On this panel, five writers discuss a wide range image-text forms, and demonstrate how they are thriving on pages and screens.

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Sarah Minor is the author of Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi 2021), Bright Archive (Rescue 2020), and The Persistence of the Bonyleg: Annotated, a digital chapbook from Essay Press. She teaches in the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program.

Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet, multimedia artist, and author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018), as well as a recipient of a 2021 NEA fellowship. A Kundiman fellow, she is core faculty in the Randolph College low-residency MFA and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sarah Rose Nordgren is an American writer, teacher, and activist. She is author of two poetry collections, a hybrid-genre chapbook, and the nonfiction book, The Bird Hat Wearer’s Journal. She holds a PhD in poetry from University of Cincinnati and serves as director of the School for Living Futures.

Douglas Kearney has published eight books of poetry, essays, and libretti. He teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His honors include a Griffin Poetry Prize, a Campbell Opera Librettist prize, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award.

Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence, cocreator of The Black Book visual mixtape series, cofounder of The Encyclopedia Project as well as new forthcoming works. Focused on radical Black women's writing, she teaches in the MFA Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center