I / Not I: Symposium on Identity Poetics, featuring the Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics

Please join us at Naropa University for the upcoming I / Not I: Symposium on Identity Poetics, featuring Kazim Ali, Ana Merino, Ronaldo Wilson, and Dorothy Wang, the Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics.

Monday, March 30
7:00 PM: Scalapino Lecture with Dorothy Wang (PAC)
Followed by I / Not I JKS Student Reading

Tuesday, March 31
2:00 PM: I / Not I Guest Panel (Student Union)
7:30 PM: I / Not I Guest Reading (PAC)

**We will be selling books by our guests at the reading on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in PAC. Please note that all sales will be CASH ONLY.

All events are free and open to the public.

How do we as writers negotiate the “I” in the face of deconstructed/reconstructed identities? The “I” has become an interstice. It is the liminal: a transitional space, occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. It destabilizes the binary. It functions as imbrications. “I” am both; “I” am neither.

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008), and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). He has also published a translation of Water’s Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri (Omnidawn Press, 2011), Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri (BOA Editions, 2013) and (with Libby Murphy) L’amour by Marguerite Duras (Open Letter Books, 2013). His novels include Quinn’s Passage (blazeVox books), named one of “The Best Books of 2005″ by Chronogram magazine and The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009), and his books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011). In addition to co-editing Jean Valentine: This-World Company (University of Michigan Press, 2012), he is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books. He is the series co-editor for both Poets on Poetry and Under Discussion, from the University of Michigan Press. He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.

Ana Merino is the director of the MFA in Spanish Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. She has published seven books of poetry: Preparativos para un viaje (winner 1994 Adonais Award), Los días gemelos, La voz de los relojes, Juegos de niños, translated into English as Child’s Play (Harbor Mountain Press 2012 and winner 2003 Fray Luis de León Award), Compañera de celda, translated into English as Cell Mate (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007), Curación and Hagamos caso al tigre. An anthology of her poetry has been translated into German and published by teamart Verlag Zurich, 2009. She is also the author of a youth novel El hombre de los dos corazones (2009) and two plays Amor: muy frágil (2013) and Las decepciones (2014). Merino also writes about Comics and Graphic novels criticism with numerous articles, and a book entitled El comic hispánico (2003) and a critical monograph on Chris Ware.

Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize; Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009) winner of the 2010 Asian American Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015), and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2015). A recent Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Center for Art and Thought (CA+T), Wilson is Co-founder of the Black Took Collective and currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature, and Core Faculty of the PhD Creative/Critical Concentration in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dorothy Wang is an Associate Professor in American Studies and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of English at Williams College. Her book Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (Stanford University Press, 2014) received Honorable Mention in the Poetry Foundation’s first Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. She previously taught in the English departments at Northwestern University and Wesleyan University. Wang holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at 303-546-3581 or agoldberg@naropa.edu<mailto:agoldberg@naropa.edu> to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.


Ariella Ruth, MFA
Graduate Academic Advisor
Program Assistant
Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
Naropa University


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