Complete Schedule

Friday, October 13

9am: Welcome

  • Lyn Hejinian, Chris Chen, Daniel Benjamin, Eric Sneathen (Wheeler 315)

9:30-11am: Panel Session A

  • Panel 1: New Narrative Subjects (Wheeler 315)
    • Camille Roy
    • Kathy Lou Schultz
    • Gail Scott
    • Robin Tremblay-McGaw
  • Panel 2: Writing Portraits (Wheeler 300)
    • Roberto Bedoya, Chair
    • Diarmuid Hester, “New Narrative in San Francisco and Los Angeles: Variations on O’Hara”
    • Patrick Marks, “F.S. Rosa, Garden Variety Anarcho-syndicalist (with bourgeois tendencies, of course)”
    • Jamie Townsend, “Who’s Really Who When Anyone Says Us? Steve Abbott and Intentional Community”
    • Matias Viegener, “People vs. Characters (in New Narrative Writing)”
  • Panel 3: Narrating Community (Wheeler 222)
    • Samia Rahimtoola, Chair
    • Mike Amnasan, “Community for the Friendless”
    • Sara Larsen,”Blood and Guts and Riot Grrrl”
    • Ted Rees, “Taking Revenge on the World for Not Existing: a talk on queer punk counterculture’s messy affiliations with New Narrative”
    • Jean-Thomas Tremblay, “On the Communal Voice: The Epistolary Mode in New Narrative”

11am-12:30pm: Plenary on Writers Who Love Too Much (Wheeler 315)

  • Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy with Roberto Bedoya, Dennis Cooper, Gabrielle Daniels, Eileen Myles, Matias Viegener

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch (Wheeler 330); Library Exhibit of New Narrative Ephemera and Journals (Bancroft Library)

1:30-3pm: Panel Session B

  • Panel 4: Affiliations of Desire (Wheeler 315)
    • Julia Bloch, “The Queer Time of Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters”
    • Julie Carr, “Expansive Communities”
    • Laynie Browne, “Binaries effaced”
    • Karla Kelsey, “The Radical Bodies of Bernadette Mayer’s Desires and Gail Scott’s My Paris: A Tissuing”
  • Panel 5: Sunburst of the Monstrance: Religious Experience and Representation (Wheeler 300)
    • Kevin Killian, Chair
    • Daniel Benjamin, “Writing as Paraclete, or, Chain of Fools”
    • Jeanne Heuving, “The Trouble with and the Vitality of Mimesis”
    • Kyoo Lee and Jocelyn Saidenberg, “Cogito Uninterruptus: A Series of Blind Synch Somelsewhere Between J and Q”
  • Panel 6: New Enactments: Narrative and Otherwise (Wheeler 108)
    • Stephanie Young, Chair
    • Jennifer Chukwu, “Displaced”
    • Renee Gladman, “Slowly We Have the Feeling #11: Drawing into Time”
    • Megan Stockton, “Material Memory: queering the ‘pastoral’”
    • Kirstin Wagner & C Dylan Bassett, “Margins and Limits”

3:15-4:45pm: Panel Session C

  • Panel 7: This Side of Real: Renee Gladman’s New Narrative (Wheeler 315)
    • Chris Chen, Chair
    • Earl Jackson, “Renee Gladman’s Translucent Poetics: Writing Internal Distances”
    • Miranda Mellis, “Porous Borders & The Universal Art of Daydreaming”
    • Julian Francis Park, “Prose of the Housing Question”
    • Mary Wilson, “Narrating the Queer Body: Orientation and/as Desire in Renee Gladman’s Event Factory
  • Panel 8: Bash Back: Resistance and the Logic of Neoliberalism (Wheeler 300)
    • Samantha Giles, Chair
    • Brian Blanchfield, “‘The dead dancer’s DDI’: Hervé Guibert, Contaminant, Remedy, and Getting It Down”
    • Kaplan Harris, “The Lives of Steve Abbott”
    • Trisha Low, “From Socialist Realism”
    • Eric Sneathen, “Queer Exhaustion: On Kevin Killian’s Tony Greene Era
  • Panel 9: Bad Boundaries 2: Ethics in New Narrative Writing (Wheeler 108)
    • Maxe Crandall, “What’s Poets Theater Got to Do with It?”
    • Nikki Darling, “The Real Thing”
    • Tim Jones-Yelvington, “Wanna Hear Some Gossip?”
    • M. Milks & Sam Cohen, “Processing: On Revision and Repair”

5-7:15pm: Reception at Royal Nonesuch Gallery (Oakland)

  • Curated by Matt Sussman

7:30pm-9:30pm: Reading at Omni Commons (Oakland)

  • Mike Amnasan, Dodie Bellamy, Bruce Boone, Robert Glück, Kevin Killian, Camille Roy


Saturday, October 14

9:30-11am: Plenary on From Our Hearts To Yours: New Narrative as Contemporary Practice (Wheeler 315)

  • Rob Halpern and Robin Tremblay-McGaw with David Buuck, Robbie Dewhurst, Thom Donovan, Kaplan Harris, Trisha Low, Miranda Mellis, Ted Rees, Camille Roy, Kathy Lou Schultz, Eric Sneathen and Brian Teare

11am-12:30pm: Panel Session D

  • Panel 10: Our Walks With Bob (Wheeler 315)
    • Earl Jackson, Chair
    • Eliot D’Silva
    • David Pritchard, “Reading and Real Abstraction: Commitment in La Fontaine
    • Dean Smith, “Aliengnosis”
    • Conrad Steel, “‘Our own present tense’: Robert Glück, Brandon Brown and New Narrative at present”
  • Panel 11: Thoughts, Large and Public: New Narrative International (Wheeler 300)
    • Thom Donovan, Chair
    • Obe Alkema, “Name-drop It Like It’s Hot: An essay on community, communication, and intimacy”
    • Charlie Gere, “Building Literary Communities In Another Bay Area”
    • Kit Schluter, “An inventory of ghostly might-have-beens: On Certain Limits of Translations in La Fontaine
    • Lodewijk Verduin, “New Longings for the Political: On the Legacy of New Narrative in The Netherlands”
  • Panel 12: Speaking of Us: Feminism and Writing (Wheeler 222)
    • Kathy Lou Schultz, Chair
    • Leora Fridman and Liat Berdugo, “On Adjacent Rituals”
    • erica kaufman, “‘who speaks when we speak?’ Gail Scott’s New Sentence”
    • Amanda Montei, “Unproductive Labor in New Narrative and Language Poetry”
    • Brian Teare

12:30-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15-2:45pm: Panel Session E

  • Panel 13: “I aim to be a female monster too”: Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus (Wheeler 315)
    • Ismail Muhammad, Chair
    • Chris Kraus, “The Public I – Semiotexte Native Agents in the 1990s”
    • Carmen Merport, “Portrait of the Author as a Female Artist: New Narrative, the Body, and the Art World”
    • Dilara O’Neil, “New Narrative’s Fellow Traveler Chris Kraus: Politics of the Personal”
    • Anna Vitale, “The Name of the Author: Amiri Baraka and Kathy Acker”
  • Panel 14: Auto(erotic)biography (Wheeler 300)
    • Lyn Hejinian, Chair
    • Joseph Bradshaw, “Narcissistic Shame and Unanswered Emails”
    • Dylan Byron, “Confessing a Suggestion of Overflowing” (on Bruce Boone)
    • Brandon Callender, “Samuel Delany’s Grubby Hands”
    • Zachary Snider, “Fostering the Postmodern ‘Pervert’: How Dennis Cooper Challenged His Contemporaries By Ignoring the Penis”
  • Panel 15: Genealogies of New Narrative, Past and Future (Wheeler 222)
    • Kaplan Harris, Chair
    • Stephen Guy-Bray, “Koinoi to Coin”
    • Thom Donovan,”Bruce Boone and the ‘Gay Straights’: A Response to Eric Sneathen’s ‘Those Fabulous Narcissists'”
    • Domenic Hutchins, “A post-Sandy Literature? Writing Contemporary Ecological Subjectivity”
    • Ery Shin, “Stein’s Legacy”

2:45-4:15pm: Porous Borders (Plenary) (Wheeler 315)

  • Sarah Rosenthal, Robert Glück, Rob Halpern, Camille Roy, and Bruce Boone

4:45pm-7pm: Poets Theater at the Berkeley Art Museum

  • Plays by Carla Harryman, Kevin Killian, and Camille Roy

7:30-10:30pm: Marathon Reading and Dinner (Wheeler 315 and 330)

  • Judy Grahn, “A Woman Is Talking to Death”; Nayland Blake, Gabrielle Daniels, Renee Gladman, Rob Halpern, Carla Harryman, Chris Kraus, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Gail Scott, Robin Tremblay-McGaw


Sunday, October 15

Morning: Walking tour of San Francisco, sponsored by Small Press Traffic

12-3pm: Film program at Roxie Theatre

  • Curt McDowell, Confessions
  • Cecilia Dougherty, Kevin and Cedar and Eileen
  • Abigail Child, SWAMP
  • Marc Huestis, Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?

7pm: Reading at McRoskey Mattress Company, sponsored by SF Poetry Center and The Green Arcade bookstore

  • Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles