S125. Ekphrasis in the Digital Age: Beyond Mere Description

Room 505, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am

 

Contemporary ekphrasis has been described as a form of critical meditation that mixes commentary, homage, resistance, argument, and self-criticism, but what does it look like in practice, especially given digital tools? And how does one push beyond mere description or instrumentalization of the work of art? These panelists present examples from their own work and offer practical exercises, with an emphasis on digital technology, for community, undergraduate, and graduate classrooms.

Moderator:

Timothy Bradford is the author of the poetry collection Nomads with Samsonite and the introduction to Sadhus, a photography book on the ascetics of South Asia. Cofounder of Short Order Poems in 2014, he is a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University.

Amy Catanzano is the author of three books of poetry and cross-genre work including Starlight in Two-Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella and Multiversal, recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. An assistant professor at Wake Forest University, she directs the creative writing program.

Megan Kaminski is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City and Desiring Map. Her poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in the Atlantic, Barrelhouse, the New Orleans Review, and Sink Review. She is assistant professor of poetry writing at the University of Kansas.

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. Her most recent book is As We Know, a collaboration with Andy Fitch. Prior books include Handiwork; and, with Brad Bouse, Between Page & Screen. She teaches in the MFA in creative writing and poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Matthew Cooperman is the author of five books of poetry, including, most recently, Spool, and the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World. A copoetry editor of Colorado Review, he is professor of English at Colorado State University.

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