R194. I Got You Babe: The (Dis)Harmonies of Collaboration

Room 511, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What are the perils and pleasures of literary co-play? Collaboration in film, dance, music, and the visual arts is commonplace; however, in literary fields, authorial collaborations are often looked upon with skepticism and incredulity by both readers and publishers. And yet, collaborative projects are on the rise. Five poets who translate, sample, and co-author collaborate here to discuss the innovations, advantages, and artistry of working with other writers—both living and dead.



Dean Rader’s Works & Days won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and his Landscape Portrait Figure Form was a Barnes & Noble Review Best Poetry Book for 2013. A new book, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, is forthcoming. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of eight books of poetry, including A Hummock In The Malookas (winner of the 1994 National Poetry Series), Destroyer and Preserver, A Green Light (shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize), and Surrounded by Friends. He teaches at NYU.

Simone Muench is the author of five poetry books including Orange Crush and Wolf Centos. She is a recipient of the Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award, an NEA fellowship, Vermont Studio Center fellowships, and Illinois Arts fellowships. She serves as faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review.

Brittany Cavallaro is the author of poetry collection Girl-King and the forthcoming YA novel A Study in Charlotte. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Vermont Studio Center and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at UW-Milwaukee.

Carol Guess is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Tinderbox Lawn, Darling Endangered, and Doll Studies: Forensics. She is professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches creative writing and queer studies.


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