AWP 2015: videopoetry- and multimedia-related panels

With more than 12,000 attendees, the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs or AWP conference is by far the largest gathering of creative writers and writing teachers in North America. This year it’s being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home to Motionpoems, and if you’re attending, be sure to check out the Motionpoems display at the book fair.

Visit us in Booth #1036! We’ll have:

  • a preview of Season 6, produced in partnership with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
  • free lesson plans with prompts by Janet Burroway
  • more information on our Big Bridges contest
  • and much, much more!

(That’s from their email newsletter.)

AWP is this very week, April 8-12, so I’m a little late in getting this out, but I was excited to see nine different panel discussions that are directly or indirectly related to videopoetry and multimedia. I think this is as good an indication as any of the growing literary prestige of multimedia experimentation. Only two of the following panels conflict with each other, so if you’re attending, be sure to check out as many of these as you can. (I’ll be happy to post reports if anyone wants to write them.) Click on the titles for more information, including biographies of the panelists.


R204. Hypertext: Bookish Writing for a Digital Age

Room 200 H&I, Level 2
Thursday, April 9, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Panelists: Susannah Schouweiler, Halimah Marcus, Dustin Luke Nelson, Jamie Millard, David Doody

Panelists will speak to the interplay of medium and message as lit mag fare and literary journalism migrate from print to web-based platforms. We’ll highlight new forms of online storytelling and innovations in meaningful reader engagement in this new wave of bookish writing, marked by an increasingly interdisciplinary way of writing and publishing inclined toward more inclusive critical conversations and contributions by “professional” journalists and critics, writers and readers alike.


R237. Reimagining the Author: Pedagogies of Collaboration, Chance, and New Media in Poetry Workshops

Room 205 A&B, Level 2
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Panelists: Timothy Bradford, Susan Briante, Joseph Harrington, Cheryl Pallant, Grant Matthew Jenkins

Collaboration, digitization, automation, and conceptualization are just some of the ways traditional notions of authorship can be reimagined in the classroom. Panelists will discuss how rethinking these notions can unlock students’ creativity and critical thinking about their own writing, and they will share lesson plans geared toward helping community, undergraduate, and graduate students generate innovative work and practice new methods they can later apply in more traditional assignments.


R280. Ut Cinéma Poesis: Using Film in Poetry Workshops

Room M100 J, Mezzanine Level
Thursday, April 9, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Panelists: James Pate, Sandra Lim, Lisa Fishman, Arda Collins, James Shea

Pasolini wrote poetry. Frank O’Hara made a film. Poetry and film have long found inspiration in one another. This panel of five poets explores ways to use film (Bergman, Eisenstein, Maya Deren, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Trecartin) in poetry workshops. How can film lead to writing exercises and discussions about poetic form, image, repetition, sound, and juxtaposition? We also address new, evolving technologies, such as iMovie and the iPhone, and consider how they might be used in a poetry class.


R234. The Essay Blinks: Multimedia Writers on Crafting the Visual Essay

Room 200 D&E, Level 2
Thursday, April 9, 2015
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Panelists: Sarah Minor, Mark Ehling, Amaranth Borsuk, Eric LeMay

As literary publishing adjusts to the presence of both small-scale presses and web-based magazines, more publishers are adapting to and even selecting for writing that experiments visually. But what makes a multimedia essay? And what makes a good one? Specifically, which techniques render multimedia elements inextricable from rather than extraneous to a text? On this panel, four writers focus on the craft of visual texts and address how ancient essay forms are thriving in the newest media.


F204. Word Meets Image: The Video Essay

Room 101 F&G, Level 1
Friday, April 10, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Panelists: Ned Stuckey-French, Eula Biss, Kristen Radtke, John Bresland

New technologies (iPhones, editing software, YouTube, etc.) have made possible a new literary form—the video essay. This panel will investigate the video essay, including its relationship to other genres (e.g., print essays, graphic memoirs, film, documentaries, etc.), the relationship of text to image, video essays in the classroom, collaboration, curating essays for online magazines, developing scripts, editing, and the use of animation, sound, found footage, titles, and other techniques.


F274. Writing with Media: Poets, Printers, and Programmers

Room 200 D&E, Level 2
Friday, April 10, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Panelists: Kevin McFadden, Todd Boss, Katherine McNamara, Lisa Pearson, Steve Woodall

The art of the book in the digital age is the art of collaboration. Writer, poet, printer, programmer, filmmaker, animator, composer, publisher: all play vital roles in new media, widening the role of authorship. This panel of writers who are also editors-printers-filmmakers-programmers-publishers demonstrates, on screen and on the page, the emergence of the book as a total work of art, from text to voice, photo, scan, and video, forming a unified expression where codex meets multimedia.


S172. Literature On Air

Room 101 F&G, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Panelists: Marianne Kunkel, Jeffrey Brown, Don Share, Michael Nye

The panel will explore innovative ways in which the literary arts have achieved renewed life through various broadcast media, including video, vimeos, and the exciting rise in literary podcasts. Editors of Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Missouri Review, and PBS NewsHour will discuss strategies, challenges, and opportunities that come with creating on-air media platforms for the literary arts and what these productions mean for their vision for their pages.


S204. Video Poems and Cross-Genre Collaboration: A Conversation and Screening with Louise Erdrich, Heid E. Erdrich, and Trevino Brings Plenty

Room 101 F&G, Level 1
Saturday, April 11, 2015
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Panelists: Jocelyn Hale, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Louise Erdrich, Heid E. Erdrich

Louise Erdrich, National Book Award-winning author of The Round House, collaborates on video poems with her sister Heid and an all-indigenous filmmaking crew including musician-poet Trevino Brings Plenty and filmmaker Elizabeth Day.


S284. Creative Writing in the Digital Age

Room M100 J, Mezzanine Level
Saturday, April 11, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Panelists: Joseph Rein, Doug Dechow, Janelle Adsit, Trent Hergenrader, Michael Dean Clark

Digital technology has a profound and ever-increasing impact on creative writing; however, this impact is often overlooked in the traditional creative writing classroom. This panel addresses creative solutions to utilizing technology in traditional and hybrid genres, from digital poetics to social media to game theory. The panelists discuss traditional, hybrid, and online-only classrooms, and how instructors can integrate digital tools to enhance creativity both in process and product.

Dave Bonta

Dave is the founder of Moving Poems, and posts videos for his own poems (along with lots of other stuff) at Via Negativa. Here's a bio.

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