29 March 2012 to 30 March 2012
Venue: Federation of University Women Suite, Old Government House
A Trans Tasman Symposium at the University of Auckland, 29-30 March 2012
Where does the contemporary long poem locate itself in physical and digital space? how do we present long forms to each other in the round and on the web? The New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) and visiting American poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis invite you to attend two days of talks and performances at The University of Auckland culminating in a long poem collaboration on Onetangi beach, Waiheke Island.
We are interested in short long poems and long short poems; in epic, segmentivity and seriality; in the book-length or site-specific poem. We like the challenge of folding the universe into a matchbox. We like matchboxes made of dark matter. We want to be surprised, diverted and delighted by what we can bring to points of exchange, and we want to bring those points – before, during, and/or after our symposium – into digital renditions.
Focused presentations and a highly participatory audience; physical/digital blends; trans Tasman (and trans Pacific) colloquy.
Confirmed speakers include: Pam Brown, Stephanie Christie and Alex Taylor, Rachel Blau DuPlessis. Jacob Edmond, Bernadette Hall and Dinah Hawken, Martin Harrison, Ya-wen Ho, David Howard, Jill Jones, Lucas Klein, Kate Lilley, Cilla McQueen, Philip Mead, Sam Moginie and Andy Carruthers, Ella O’Keefe, Jack Ross, Susan Schultz and Jaimie Gusman, Hazel Smith, John Tranter, Ann Vickery and Jessica Wilkinson.