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Intensive Hybridity Workshop with Chris Campanioni VIA ZOOM


“Every life is the defense of a form,” wrote Susan Sontag in her notebook in March, 1979. “Form is the defense of every marginalized life,” I wrote in my notebook in February, 2017. Hybridity is the salve & salvo for those of us who have been marginalized, who exist in the margins, who exist in the middle & on the edges, halfway between two points, at the intersection of categories & labels, race & ethnicity & gender, an expression of the isolation & alienation of non-binary, non-normative, mixed race bodies. What better way to empower our neo-mestizo experience than to re-present it through the liminal frame of the hybrid, cross-genre text? When I re-trained my own eyes how to see myself from outside myself, I began the long work in re-teaching myself how to write.

May all our accountings be irregular. May all our lives be in defense of form: our own blood & breath, breath & flesh. May we always defend our form; may our form always defend us from the hierarchies of genre & all of its generic expectations. A great deal has to be given up if you are going to succeed in creating a generative work of art, unless what might be given up is taken away from you. Unless what is taken away from you is your voice. If reading your writing is a way out of exile, writing toward a new way of reading is a method to engender empathy, dismantle conventional narrative, undo silencing.

Objective: To straddle the line between poetry & prose, essay & narrative, list & analysis. I’d like to think of the hybrid form as a map, an itinerary, an index, a choreographed movement that allows one to move between text & context, past & present, meaning & making—& moreover, the moment of making. On the fly. In this one-day workshop, we’ll learn to embody the liminal hybrid form by embracing our own liminal, intertextual, fluid, often performative, identities. Let’s locate ourselves on this map & re-present our way of seeing; our way of being in the world.In doing so, we’ll think about our own work in relation to the markers of lineation, prose poetry, the essay, & the list, not to form distinctions but to fulfill the synthesis of genre, the generic, & the generative. We’ll arrive in class ready to discuss ways in which we can integrate all of these markers in a piece, connect seemingly disparate moments & ideas, & leave with a great work-in-process.

This class takes place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out the morning of the event. Please email admin@writerscenter.org with questions.

Registration is $124 for this 4hour class at:
www.writerscenter.org/calendar/hybridccapril/

Please email admin@writerscenter.org with questions.

Chris Campanioni was born in Manhattan in 1985. The son of exiles from Cuba and Poland, Chris is a writer, multimedia artist, instructor, and the editor and publisher of PANK and PANK Books. His debut novel, Going Down, was selected as Best First Book at the International Latino Book Awards in 2014. His poem “Transport (after ‘When Ecstasy is Inconvenient’)” was a finalist for the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize in 2015, awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. He was awarded an Academy of American Poets College Prize in 2013 for selected poetry and his poem This body’s long (& I’m still loading) was adapted as an official selection of the Canadian International Film Festival in 2017. In 2019, he was awarded a CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute fellowship to join the Transnational Joint Research Center for Migration, Logistics, and Cultural Intervention.

His essays, poetry, and fiction have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese, appearing in BOMB, Diacritics, Life Writing, Catapult, American Poetry Review, Ambit, Nat. Brut, Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Press Quarterly, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Im@go, Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Hayden’s Ferry Review, 3:AM Magazine, DIAGRAM, Poetry International, M/C: Media & Culture, Prelude, RHINO Poetry, Gorse, and several other journals and anthologies, including Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Routledge, 2019), Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities (Sundress, 2019), and No Tender Fences (2019): an anthology of immigrant & first-generation American poetry to benefit RAICES-TEXAS. His multimedia work has been exhibited at the New York Academy of Art and his research on queer migration, surveillance, and the personal text has been presented internationally. Chris has lectured and presented at international conferences and symposiums, TED Talks, and the Transatlantic Poetry Series, and has served as a visiting author and writer in residence at universities across the United States. Today, he is a Provost Fellow and MAGNET Mentor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is conducting his doctoral studies in English. He teaches Latinx literature, creative writing, Internet & intimacy, and journalism at Pace University and Baruch College.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Times: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953