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Friday, October 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
To Release:/A Response/-In The Body

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With Lara Mimosa Montes, Lucas de Lima & Anna Martine Whitehead
Moderated by Samiya Bashir

"How can writing be the place where an interoceptive nervous system is tracked?  The sensorimotor sequence is a sequence of glitches, subtle movements, trembling, voltage — that, in somatic trauma therapies, is: tracked.  So that a sequence can be completed. To release: a response to trauma that has been lodged — as a loop or distortion/contraction — in the body."


-Bhanu Kapil


In the wake of white nationalism’s global resurgence and a renewed interest in coalition-building, this panel interrogates the recuperative work of artists and writers of color resisting structural entanglements within white supremacy and exposing possibilities within multiracial coalition politics.


Through lyric essay, performance, and multimedia, the panel will focus on healing and the urgency of becoming undisciplined. In mapping these far-reaching yet imbricated formations, the panel seeks to both uncover and scramble the intimacy of racial categories, producing a poetics of horizontal relationality whose “opacities” (Glissant) and remakings of subjectivity work to collectivize rather than wish away racial power.

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Samiya Bashir

Magician, Reed College
Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes various... Read More →

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Lucas de Lima

PhD student, University of Pennsylvania
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Lara Mimosa Montes

Senior Editor, Triple Canopy
Lara Mimosa Montes is the author of The Somnambulist (Horse Less Press, 2016). She holds a PhD in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her poems and essays have appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, Fence, The Fanzine, Puerto del Sol, The Third Rail, and els... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Poetry Center Library

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