S117. Secondary Orality in the US

Room 606, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Secondary orality refers to how technology has allowed oral traditions to re-establish their primacy with respect to printed literature. Panelists will discuss how technology has enhanced the page with elements of sound, music, and video that reinforce the transition back to oral tradition. In the US this is done primarily through online literary magazines and project databases which promote distribution and coordinate musical, theatrical, and spoken elements as though derived from ritual.



Tim Kahl has authored two books Possessing Yourself and The Century of Travel. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry/poetics blog The Great American Pinup and Linebreak Studios for poetry on video. He is the editor of Clade Song and the program director of the Sacramento Poetry Center.

Laura Wetherington co-founded and currently edits textsound: an audio journal of experimental poetry and sound. Her first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance, was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. She teaches in SIerra Nevada College's BFA and low-residency MFA Programs.

Harmony Holiday is the author of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Motherwell Poetry Prize. She runs a boutique production house devoted to the crossing between archiving, improvisation, myth, and black music.

Albert Abonado founded and edits the online journal The Bakery. He also curates the Deep Fried Reading Series.

Jeff Simpson is the author of Vertical Hold, which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. He works for Poets & Writers and edits the Fiddleback, an online arts and literature magazine.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center