Plan your AWP Week–Panels with Mary Cappello

One of our OSR advising faculty, Mary Cappello, will be speaking on two panels at AWP this year:

1. “Courting the Peculiar: the Ever-Changing Queerness of Creative Nonfiction”               

Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3                Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am to 11:45 am

        What do we mean when we claim that creative nonfiction is a queer genre? Four queer-identified panelists collectively position creative nonfiction as a genre welcoming of writers and writing that embraces the peculiar, courts the unconventional, and opens to forms yet to be imagined. At the turn of the 20th century, Gertrude Stein in Tender Buttons proposed: “Act so that there is no use in a center”; how can practitioners of creative nonfiction today use language to express truths still to come?
Find more info about the panel contributors here.

2. “Modernism and the Lyric Essay”             

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
        What can Joyce, Woolf, Pound, Eliot, and other modernists teach us about the poetics of the lyric essay? And can answering such a question help the lyric essay find its aesthetic roots? Join us as we discuss how modernist preoccupations with impressionism, self-consciousness, fragmentation, and free association (among other things) can not only inform the way we read, write, and teach lyric essays, but can also help us place this popular genre in the larger tradition of western poetics.
Find out more about this panel of contributors here.
Learn more about Mary Cappello’s recent readings in New Queer Writing series; her workshops on “archaeologies of the actual”; and her numerous presentations at various medical schools, including U/Penn, Brown, and Yale, please visit her website: www.marycappello.com
Also, see her work as Professor of English and Creative writing at the University of Rhode Island.