Talk Series: Community and its Discontents

A panel discussion on conceptualizations of the social as they relate to poetry and poetic praxis. What – and of what consequence – is a poetry “community”? Are reimaginings necessary and/or possible? Panelists include Linh Dinh, Anne Boyer and Brian Ang.

Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007 and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among many other places. He has also written many political essays for CounterPunch, Dissident Voice and Common Dreams. His current project is a frequently updated photo blog, State of the Union, that tracks our deteriorating socialscape.

Anne Boyer’s works include Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse, Art is War, The 2000s, Ma Vie en Bling, Selected Dreams with a Note on PhrenologyThe Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and JOAN.  She was once the editor, with K. Silem Mohammad, of Abraham Lincoln, and once the curator, with Robert J. Baumann, of An Actual Kansas Reading Series. She lives in Kansas, and is an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Brian Ang is the author of Pre-Symbolic (Insert Press, forthcoming), Communism (Berkeley Neo-Baroque, 2011) and Paradise Now (Grey Book Press, 2011). Recent poetry and criticism have appeared in Jacket2 and Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. He edits ARMED CELL in Oakland, California.