EP14circleAffect and Audience in the Digital Age
curated by Amaranth Borsuk
with Sarah Dowling, Kate Durbin, Craig Dworkin, Ray Hsu, Brian Reed and Rachel Zolf
and an afterword by Gregory Laynor

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In EP 14, the 2013 conference Affect & Audience in the Digital Age is documented through dialogues between six participants. Affect & Audience in the Digital Age is a Crossdisciplinary Research Cluster funded by the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.
“From database aesthetics, to online communities, to crowdsourced projects, our invited guests interrogated the relationship of their own work to our titular keywords: Affect & Audience in the Digital Age. This one-day symposium on “scholarly, pedagogical, curatorial, and creative practices that attend to the digitally mediated character of contemporary poetry” was an initial foray into what has become an ongoing collaborative workgroup exploring the intersection of poetry, performance and public scholarship… We chose panelists whose work defies stereotypes of such data-driven or digitally mediated writing as authorless, emotionless and anti-lyrical. In their work, we sense the“powerful feelings” upon which Wordsworth built his poetics, even if the source of these feelings is not the “emotion recollected in tranquility” with which such writing is traditionally associated.”

Amaranth Borsuk‘s most recent book is As We Know (a collaboration with Andy Fitch). Her other books include Handiwork and Between Page and Screen (created with Brad Bouse). Her forthcoming project Abra (1913 Editions) was written with Kate Durbin. She teaches in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell.
Sarah Dowling is the author of DOWN, Birds & Bees and Security Posture (winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry). Her critical work has appeared in American Quarterly, , Canadian Literature, Signs and elsewhere. Dowling is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.
Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles based artist and writer. Her most recent book is E! Entertainment and her most recent performance is “Hello, Selfie! NYC,” in collaboration with Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn.
Craig Dworkin is the author of Reading the Illegible, No Medium and several books of poetry, including Alkali (forthcoming from Counterpath Press), Chapter XXIV and Motes. He teaches literature and literary theory at the University of Utah and serves as Senior Editor to Eclipse.
Ray Hsu: poet // Art Song Lab co-founder.
Gregory Laynor‘s work in poetry includes a reading in 913 MP3s of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, 816 of which can be accessed through UbuWeb and 97 of which cannot be found. He is writing a dissertation at the University of Washington Seattle on the making of intermedia from 1952 to 1972 and teaching courses in art history, poetics, and performance at the University of Washington Bothell.
Brian Reed is a professor of English and Comparative Literature and the chair of the Department of English at the University of Washington Seattle. He is the author of three books: Hart Crane: After His Lights, Phenomenal Reading: Essays on Modern and Contemporary Poetics, and Nobody’s Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics. He has also co-edited two essay collections: Situating El Lissitzky: Vitebsk, Berlin, Moscow and Modern American Poetry: Points of Access. A new book, A Mine of Intersections: Writing the History of Contemporary Poetry, is forthcoming in 2015.
Rachel Zolf has published five full-length books of poetry, including Janey’s Arcadia, Neighbour Procedure and Human Resources, all with Coach House Books. She has won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, among other honors. Her collaborations with other artists have included film/video/sound projects that have appeared across North America. She taught poetry at The New School and the University of Calgary, and now lives and works in Toronto.




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Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.