Teaching Digital Poetics

This fall I’m teaching Digital Poetics: Introduction again at the Chicago School of Poetics. The class is an introduction to digital literature, with a specific focus on poetry. During the course of the session students will examine a variety of digital forms of literature, from hypertext, interactive, and audio/video poetry to videogame, social media, and code-based poetries. Students will view, experience, and immerse themselves in these digital works while exploring their own poetry through multiple modes of digital creation.

Registration is open now, and more information can found here.

Teaching a New Class: Poetry as Socio-Political/Cultural Practice

This fall I’ll be teaching a new class at the Chicago School of Poetics, Poetry as Socio-Political/Cultural Practice, where we will examine poetry as a sociopolitical/culturally situated practice, with a particular focus on the construction, and intersection, of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability within poetic texts. The goal is to better understand how these texts function on a cultural level, and to apply such understanding to our own poetry. The work will be informed by a range of theoretical concepts drawn from Marxist, Feminist, Postcolonial, and Queer theory, and Disability Studies. Works to be examined include: Anti-Humbolt, by Hugo García Manríquez, Bodymap, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, Map of an Onion, by Kenji Liu, and Shut Up Shut Down, by Mark Nowak.

Registration is open now, and more information can found here.

Poetry Foundation: Pop-Up Poetry Reading, August 3rd

I’ll be giving a 30-minute reading at The Art Institute of Chicago that responds to works in the newly reinstalled contemporary galleries. Stop by if you’re in town.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 12:00 PM

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Meet in the Modern Wing’s Griffin Court

More information can be found here, and here.

Digital Poetics at the Chicago School of Poetics

This spring I’m launching, and teaching in, a digital poetics track at the Chicago School of Poetics. The first course offering, Digital Poetics: Introduction, will serve as an introduction to digital literature, with a specific focus on poetry. During the course of the session students will examine a variety of digital forms of literature, from hypertext, interactive, and audio/video poetry to videogame, social media, and code-based poetries. Students will view, experience, and immerse themselves in these digital works while exploring their own poetry through multiple modes of digital creation.

Registration is open now, and more information can found here.

The Poem Twitter Wrote

by Emiko Jozuka, VICE Motherboard
 
Francesco Levato, a new media artist, poet, and director of The Chicago School of Poetics, wants to turn the Twitterverse into a creative experiment. So just last month, he launched #pxc001—a collaborative, long-form poem that turns Twitter into a writer’s slate.

Lacking any principal author, the poem evolves anarchically, mutating with every interaction.
 
Click here to read full piece.

Call for participation: Twitter-based collaborative poem

I’m interested in working on a series of collaborative, long-form poems using Twitter as a writing platform. As a constraint-based system (140 characters, one line at a time), Twitter lends itself to exquisite corpse-like compositions, and for this project I would like to extend that work to include appropriated language, chance operations, overwriting of each other’s texts, defacements, collages, erasures, etc., however, the way in which the collaboration unfolds is ultimately up to each participant.

The project takes as inspiration Louis Armand and John Kinsella’s Synopticon: a collaborative poetics, a collaborative project written via email exchange between the authors over the course of a 10-year period. In an investigation of authorship and authenticity, Armand and Kinsella engaged in a number of experimental practices when writing the poems, from exquisite corpse-like additive games to radical revisions of each other’s texts.

The current poem is #pxc002. To participate in this poem, tweet your line to me at @_levato using the hashtags #pxc002 #poetry (no need to DM me first). Please note: if you build on another participant’s lines, tag them in your tweet (if there’s enough space).

The original poem is #pxc001 and the first line was based on my ethnographic notebook from a recent stay in Bolivia.

A live feed of both poems can be viewed in full on Twitter at: #pxc002 and #pxc001.

Reading at the Poetry Foundation

On November 17th, 2015 I’ll be reading at the Poetry Foundation for their Open Door reading series along with an awesome former student of mine, Benjamin Busch.

The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs on a monthly basis. Each hour-long reading features two Chicagoland college and graduate writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students.

More at: poetryfoundation.org

jettison/collapse: new chapbook forthcoming from AngleHousePress

My chapbook, jettison/collapse, is coming out in the fall of 2015 from AngleHousePress, many thanks to publisher Amanda Earl.

jettison/collapse is a mash-up of poetry, linguistics, and critical/cultural theory. Two streams of textual production form the mash-up: a series of linked poetic sequences composed through chance operations applied to appropriated source material, and a series of linked critical sidenotes; each interwoven and in dialogue with the other. The source texts range from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, and the collected works of Emily Dickinson, to discourses on aesthetics by Benedetto Croce and linguistics by Ferdinand De Saussure, to critical essays from the conflict between affectual and conceptual poetries by Calvin Bedient, Rachel Galvin, and Drew Gardner.

A 3D Videogame Exploration of Poetry and Critical Theory – accepted for MMLA 2015

My submission, When Worlds Collide: A 3D Videogame Exploration of Poetry and Critical Theory, was selected for the Digital Humanities panel at the 2015 MMLA convention.

Semi-peripheral (3D) is an expansion of my hybrid text, Semi-peripheral: Spaces of Deviation, Abjection, Madness that utilizes a videogame development platform to immerse users in a 3-dimensional exploration of the theoretical frameworks that inform the hybrid text. The original project was conceived as a mash-up of critical theory, poetry, and science that examined the works of H.P. Lovecraft as an (other)world-system, through the theoretical frames of world-systems analysis (Immanuel Wallerstein), heterotopic spaces (Michel Foucault), and abjection (Julia Kristeva). This new phase of the project extends that work into a virtual space that symbolizes a Wallersteinian semi-periphery, and also serves as overlapping heterotopias of deviation and crisis, where incongruous objects are juxtaposed and in tension with both the desire and threat of penetrating borders.Users navigate this 3-dimentional world from a first-person perspective where they can engage with the original texts through the various assemblages of symbolic objects and also through the actual texts themselves, which are scattered throughout the environment and can be picked up and read. The presentation will consist of a performance of the hybrid text, Semi-peripheral: Spaces of Deviation, Abjection, Madness, within a real-time projection of Semi-peripheral (3D) gameplay.