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Saturday, September 24 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Non-Narrative, Non-Poetry?: Multimedia Forms and the Poetics of "Place" in the West

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Reality television, arthouse movies, Reddit feeds-- rather than transposing the narrative devices used in these genres, this panel will present and examine poetries that borrow non-narrative elements from these and other genres, and how, once lifted from their original contexts, these elements re-situate the interaction between form and content within a poem. How are 21st century “experiences” loosened from “place,” and how is this “displacement” of self and body being explored through mediums like the internet, film, television, and other forms courting low culture? What might these amorphous non- “places” mean in a region like the west where place-based narrative has mapped so distinctly onto regional poetries?

Similarly, the panel will discuss what these particular kinds of poetries mean for cities and regions once thought unique when the content distinguishing them as “places” are increasingly compromised by global connectivity and displacement of citizens through gentrification. The panel will look at the pressures of super-modernity particularly for communities in smaller, mid-sized cities and in the greater western United States, areas isolated from “neighboring” metro areas by distance.

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Ashley Barr

Ashley Barr lives in Boise, Idaho where she spends all of her free time searching WebMD and considering the intolerable cuteness of her cats. She is an organizer for Ghosts & Projectors a poetry reading series, an MFA candidate at Boise State University, and a graduate of The College of Idaho. Her first chapbook Call the Bees to Come was published by dancing girl press in April 2015.
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Kathryn Jensen

Kathryn Jensen is an MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University with interests in media, technology, and narrative. She watches a lot of television. 
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Colin Johnson

Editorial Assistant, Ahsahta Press
Current MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University, editorial & design assistant for Ahsahta Press, student-editor for Free Poetry, former poetry editor for the Idaho Review. 

Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn - Boardroom 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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