F119. Necessary Hybridity: The Politics & Performance of Making Multigenre, Multimedia, Multiethnic Literature Visible

Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Hybridity in literature is often thought of as a kind of cross-pollination that leads to “vigor.” But what happens when hybridity is considered through the lens of political and aesthetic necessity? From queer politics to POC feminism to postcoloniality, hybrid forms have been a critical part of making visible otherwise illegible experiences. Join five writers as they explore the significance of hybridity to queerness, trans culture, black bodies, mixed-race narratives, and erased histories.



Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of original fiction-essays on myth-making and black presences in film, literature, and visual arts. She teaches fiction, new forms, and experimental writers of color in the MFA writing program at the California Institute of the Arts.

Kazim Ali is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction writer. His books include Sky Ward, Bright Felon, and Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence. He is associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.

Amarnath Ravva is the author of American Canyon. For the past ten years, he has helped run and curate events at Betalevel, a venue for social experimentation and hands-on culture located in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.

Dr. micha cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates and studies trans of color movement in digital media, where movement includes migration, performance, and mobility. cárdenas is an assistant professor of interactive media design at the University of Washington | Bothell.

Sesshu Foster's most recent books are the novel Atomik Aztex, winner of the Believer magazine Award, and the hybrid text World Ball Notebook, winner of the American Book Award. He has taught composition and literature in East LA for thirty years.


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