Seattle: UW-Bothell Poetics Conference, SPLAB to Reconfigure

The University of Washington-Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics has announced the theme, readers and keynote presenters for the Fall Convergence poetics conference, which will be held September 27-30 at the North Creek Events Center on the UW-Bothell campus. According to the conference literature, the conference’s central question will be to consider the “what” of writing:

“The conference asks how the synergistic relations between “the what” and “the how” of the texts, art objects, and performances might be brought into sharper focus. Basic questions will be posed: How might poetics refashion itself within an interdisciplinary context that includes multiple arts and multiple disciplines? Is poetics just another discipline along with other disciplines or something rather different than these? What challenges do poetics face from diverse disciplinary practices? And what challenges do poetics pose for multiple areas of study? “

Scheduled presenters and performers include Charles Bernstein, Lyn Hejinian, Kathleen Fraser, Ron Silliman, Tyrone Williams, Rebecca Brown, Amaranth Borsuk, Joe Milutis, Evie Shockley and many others. The complete schedule may be found here, along with registration links.

In addition to the panels and scheduled performers, UW-Bothell has also put out a call for proposals for a five-minute Saturday afternoon “postings on poetics” for “manifestos, diatribes, and learned presentations, followed by an open mic.”


SPLAB director Paul Nelson published a “farewell to Columbia City” letter on the SPLAB blog, as the arts and literature organization has announced that it will no longer be operating out of the Columbia City community center and, for the time being, will be scaled back in programming. In the letter, Nelson recounts past events and the impetus that led him to Columbia City and his intent to “invest in the neighborhood in the best way we knew how, through service and, specifically, through the literary arts.” The organization still intents to participate in the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event in conjunction with Richard Hugo House.


Crystal Curry