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Friday, October 20 • 11:00am - 12:50pm
Activating the Afterlife

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Through conjuring up the “afterlives” of racialized histories, ancestors, and trauma, this panel proposes the “ephemeral archive” as an intimate, active space, dependent on what Jose Esteban Munoz calls “affective reimagination” and indeterminate play, a joining of past and present in view toward a future. As Munoz so passionately archived in his critical work, artists of color have continued to generate futures that are not yet realized, despite the pessimistic political climate for POC and queers. In a time of “posts,” Activating theAfterlife acknowledges that what is past/post is never over, but always in potential. The afterlife offers a conceptual space of “a beyond” while acknowledging the finitude of our present moment, allowing for both hope and mourning. With film footage, video, sedimentary artifact, ritual, and poetry, panelists will improvise and activate archives of past events and performances as a form of thinking our present political moment.

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Vidhu Aggarwal

Associate Professor, Rollins College
Vidhu Aggarwal’s poetry and multimedia practices engage with world-building, video, and comic book media, and draw from mythic schemas from contemporary science, popular culture, and ancient texts. Her poetry book The Trouble with Humpadori (2016) imagines a cosmic mythological... Read More →


Genji Amino

Genji Amino is a poet and doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His archival research focuses on Asian American and African American poetry of the 1960s and 1970s. He directs an annual poetics program outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, founded... Read More →
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Tonya Foster

Assistant Professor, California College of the Arts
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Ruth-Ellen Kocher

Professor and Divisional Dean for Arts and Humanities, University of Colorado- Boulder
Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of seven books, most recently Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), nominated for the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press... Read More →
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Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith recently co-edited the anthology Angels of the Americplyse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath, 2014). Her most recent poetry collection, Milk and Filth was a finalist for the NBCC. A CantoMundo Fellow, she is the publisher of Noemi Press. Her newest collection... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:50pm PDT
Poetry Center Conference Room 207 Poetry Center