&NOW FESTIVAL OF INNOVATIVE WRITING
Points of convergence
On this panel, The “Serval Lives” of Multimedia Text, I was one of five interdisciplinary writers discussing what happens when texts take on multiple lives through hybrid modes of publication: stories as performances, poems printed on fabric, essays as installations, and translations in video form. The conversation focused on the expansive opportunities available to multimedia literary works in several iterations that both meet and surpass the limits of traditional literary venues and the vocabularies of genre.
&NOW is a biennial festival of fiction, poetry, and staged play readings; literary rituals, performance pieces (digital, sound, and otherwise), electronic and multimedia projects; and inter-genre literary work of all kinds, including criti-fictional presentations and creatively critical papers. We particularly encourage pieces that promote linguistic and genre transgressions, along with literary artworks that promote interdisciplinary explorations and conversations with past, present, or future literary concerns and movements.
&Now 2019 took place September 19–22, 2019 at the University of Washington, Bothell, hosted by the MFA in Creative Writing and poetics. The theme, Points of Convergence, invited speculation into the ways the arts might forge convergences at a moment of social, cultural, and political schism.