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Recorded September 21, 2008 as part of this year’s BOOG City Festival, “Race and Poetry: Integrating the Experimental” is a panel discussion organized and moderated by Amy King, featuring Tisa Bryant, Jennifer Firestone, Timothy Liu, Mendi Obadike, Meghan Punschke, Christopher Stackhouse and Mathias Svalina.
The conversation begins with opening statements by King, Svalina, Obadike and Punschke, which are followed by further commentary by King, Firestone and Liu. Liu’s comments on the late Reginald Shepherd’s take on the marriage of race and aesthetics, and the conjunctions of homoeroticism and race, provoke a round of responses from the panelists, which is followed by comments by Tisa Bryant. From there, the discussion moves into a number of thematic topics, including “the Question of Difference,” “Buying into Whiteness,” “Destabilizing Whiteness” and “Disfunctioning Color.” The hour-and-forty-minute recording concludes with a lengthy question-and-answer period.
Race and Poetry: Integrating the Experimental
BOOG City Festival, September 21st, 2008
Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY
A panel discussion moderated and curated by Amy King
Featuring: Tisa Bryant, Jennifer Firestone, Timothy Liu, Mendi Obadike,
Meghan Punschke, Christopher Stackhouse, and Mathias Svalina
1. Amy King, Opening Remarks (3:47): MP3
2. Mathias Svalina, Opening Remarks (6:16): MP3
3. Mendi Obadike, Opening Remarks (2:38): MP3
4. Christopher Stackhouse, Opening Remarks (6:17): MP3
5. Meghan Punschke, Opening Remarks (5:22): MP3
6. Amy King, Further Remarks (4:45): MP3
7. Jennifer Firestone, Remarks (4:54): MP3
8. Timothy Liu, Remarks (5:09): MP3
9. Initial Responses to Timothy Liu (5:38): MP3
10. Tisa Byrant, Remarks (5:51): MP3
11. Question of Difference, Stackhouse and Savlina (9:34): MP3
12. Buying into White Education (7:23): MP3
13. Destabilizing Whiteness (7:54): MP3
14. Disfunctioning Color (1:00): MP3
15. Audience Questions (24:47): MP3
Complete Reading (1:39:22): MP3
SONG BY OBAMA – SUNG BY will i.am
JOE THE PLUMBER? BAH! HE’S GOT *NOTHING* ON CHARLES THE VOLUNTEER!
CAUTION: MAY UNITE DESPITE RED vs. BLUE vs. BLACK vs. WHITE
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.