VIRTUAL: Shame, Fear, and Rage in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Much as Walter Benjamin defines the politicization of aesthetics (in which art becomes a tool for perpetuating institutional power), so too has emotion become politicized and commodified. We are accepted and praised when we function efficiently, and when we conform to known categories. But our less palatable emotional tenors are essential to understanding the complexities of human experience. What new political frameworks and social possibilities might arise if we embrace emotional outbursts?

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline.pdf



Rhoni Blankenhorn is a Filipina American writer and educator based in New York City and Tucson, Arizona. She has received support from The Center for Book Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate in poetry and translation at Columbia University.

Emily Simon is a writer and teacher living in New York City. She is the author of In Many Ways (2023) and the poetry chapbook Reign is Over (2021). Her poems have appeared in The Quarterless Review, Florida Review, Salt Hill, and Some Kind of Opening.

Born in Shanghai, Lynn Xu is the author of the full-length collection Debts & Lessons and And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight, and the chapbooks June and Tournesol. She teaches at Columbia University and coedits Canarium Books.

Asa Drake is a Filipina American poet and essayist in Central Florida. She has received support from the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, Tin House, and Idyllwild Arts. Her chapbook One Way to Listen was selected by Taneum Bambrick as the winner of Gold Line Press’s 2021 Poetry Chapbook Contest.

Cindy Juyoung Ok


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center