This annual event, co-sponsored by UW Bothell, features readings by Christian Bök, Jo Cook, and Joe Milutis.
About the theme, from UW Bothell: “This Fall Convergence will focus on SPECULATION and its many diverse dimensions. We are in a uniquely speculative moment—speculative fiction, speculative realism, and projective poetry mingle with futurisms of all manners, including speculation on the end of the world as such. Across the domains of experimental writing and philosophy, the question of whether we can see ourselves in these speculums, becomes crucial to understanding the singular act of writing in a world of multiplicities, emergent and abiding.”
Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök is currently working on The Xenotext — a project that requires him to encipher a poem into the genome of a bacterium capable of surviving in any inhospitable environment. Bök is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada, and he teaches at Charles Darwin University.
Joe Milutis is a writer, media artist, and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell. His interdisciplinary work includes experimental sound and radio; video works; new media; experimental narrative and poetics; theoretical writings; and various media and literature hybrids. He is the author, most recently, of Failure, A Writer’s Life and Bright Arrogance, a column on experimental translation at Jacket2. His writing has also appeared in Fence, Triple Canopy, Cabinet, Film Comment, Hyperallergic, and Ctheory.