A Continuum of Force: new chapbook from Moria Books/Locofo Chaps

My chapbook, A Continuum of Force, was just published by Moria Books/Locofo Chaps, many thanks to publisher William Allegrezza.

A Continuum of Force is a selection of poems from a larger documentary poetics project that examines the material implications of Latin American otherness as constructed through U.S. policy, in the case of the poems collected here via the erasure of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Use of Force Policy, Guidelines and Procedures Handbook—a set of policies that discursively constructs a criminalized other while authorizing physical harm to that other.

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.