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The University of Arizona Poetry Center presented its third biennial symposium from May 18 to May 20, 2012. Some of today’s most intriguing and adventurous poets were showcased: those who forge new literary territory with the help of modern technologies; those daring to make new work that is best “read” off the page or performed in collaboration or in tandem. Diverse and electric performances were presented in Poetry Off the Page, an event based in spectacle and community engagement.
Participants shared in investigations of crucial questions including:
What is a poem if it isn’t written down? What are the implications for literary publishing in this digital age? How can we interpret connections between hybrid poetics and documentary poetics in terms of performance? How do voice and recitation play into the crafting of sound, slam poetry, or poet’s theater?
The Black Took Collective, Amaranth Borsuk, Julie Carr & K.J. Holmes, Jeff Clark, Brent Cunningham, Johanna Drucker, Christine Hume, Douglas Kearney, Ander Monson, Julie Patton, Claudia Rankine, Cecilia Vicuña, Danielle Vogel, Dan Waber, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Eula Biss & John Bresland, Brandon Downing, John Gallaher, Forrest Gander, Kate Greenstreet, Deborah Poe, Sawako Nakayasu, Robyn Schiff & Nick Twemlow, Zachary Schomburg, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Events took place throughout the Poetry Center and at The Rogue Theatre in downtown Tucson. Art exhibits, art installations, and library exhibits were displayed concurrently with the symposium. These performances were archived on voca, the Poetry Center's audio video library. Experience them here.
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Check out some features written by Poetry Center staff and symposium participants previewing, highlighting, and exploring some of the many exhibits, performances, and works that comprise Poetry Off the Page.