Selected Abstracts

&NOW: a conference of innovative writing & the literary arts. San Diego, CA – October 2011
“The Mad Science of Narrative: Temporal Horizons and Neurological Transcendence.”
(w/ Joe Milazzo, Laura Vena, Jon Wagner)
Abstract: An exploration of the field of “experimental” narrative via considerations of the nouveau roman, science fiction and the paranormal, translation, cinematic time, and the paradoxes of transcendence as encountered in narrative terms. [Read our papers at HTMLGIANT]

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (SWTX PCA/ACA) Annual Conference (Experimental Writing and Aesthetics). Albuquerque, NM – February 2010
“No More Wastelands: Rejuvenating Experimental Narrative Through New Approaches to Metaphor, Event and Translation.”
(w/ Joe Milazzo, Laura Vena)
Abstract: Experimental writing, increasingly determined by a silent and authorless orthodoxy, valorizes an anti-narrative impulse as the gestural fusion of art and politics. To many, narrative is considered shopworn and meretricious: a too-readily accepted and utterly inadequate guarantor of truth. But must experimental writers discard narrative and instead focus on alphabetic, phonetic, syntactical, denotative and connotative significations? The answer is a resounding no—narrative cannot be abandoned. Narrative, as an integral operation in human cognition, has the potential to imagine new and multiple possibilities for how we might relate to the metaphorical, the temporal and the human. A collaborative investigation into issues of temporality, translation, metaphor, and human consciousness, this panel will attempt to articulate as well as question the underlying assumptions of experimental writing today, especially as they relate to narrative. Of specific concern is just how literary practitioners’ imaginary relations to innovation and experimentation are predicated on received notions of “the real,” eventfulness and utterance that should themselves be subject to interrogation.

&now: a conference of innovative writing & the literary arts. Buffalo, NY – October 2009
“The Word Split Open: Reinvigorating Narrative Through Interdisciplinary Practice.”
(w/ Joe Milazzo, Laura Vena)
Abstract: With the creative possibilities available to those willing to cross boundaries of genre, media, and practice, writers need not be limited by established modes of storytelling. Yet, while writers should not and cannot fall victim to telling the same stories in the same ways over and over again, giving up on narrative itself is less an option than it might appear initially to be. As a presentation of a reality founded on metaphor; as a space in which the perceptual and the material learn to co-exist; and as a method of making meaningful and repurposable designs… narrative is too vital a constitutive a cultural force—and a system of signification—to be wished away to the margins. So what exactly are the aesthetic possibilities of adopting an interdisciplinary practice that attempts to find new ways to “write” narrative? By examining models of narration, consciousness, and translation, we will address modes of expression not bound to any one medium or genre, examine the fate of the extratextual, assess the potential of experimental practice, and discuss ways in which writers might continue to make contributions to our understanding of that world that just happens to be of our own making.

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations (SWTX PCA/ACA) Annual Conference (Experimental Writing and Aesthetics). Albuquerque, NM – February 2009
“Extratextual: The Alchemy of Interdisciplinary Writings.”
(w/ Joe Milazzo, Laura Vena)
Abstract: The transition from modern to post-modern has been marked by a growing interest in modes of expression not bound to any one medium or genre, that attempt to flatten, scatter, skew, blend and otherwise upset the stability of accepted orders of signification. And it may be that, in the digital age, as agents of cultural production employing digital tools, we are all helpless polymaths.
But what exactly are the aesthetic possibilities—and ramifications—of adopting an interdisciplinary practice? We will address these considerations and discuss ways in which we might transform our notions of material, content, form, and process in generative ways that result in new and unexpected outcomes.

Contemporary Women’s Writing Network International Conference. San Diego, CA – July 2010
“Consciousness as Metaphor, Metaphor as Reality: The Phenomenological Landscape of Current Women’s Writing.”
[Abstract – doc]

Julian Jaynes Conference. Charlottetown, PEI (Canada) – August 2008
“The Origins of the Binary Machine of Gender in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.”
[Abstract-doc]

“Convergences: Hybridity and Metaphors of Consciousness.”
[Poster -pdf]