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September 2015 in Missoula, Montana: A Celebration of the Written Word
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Saturday, September 12 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Deja Everything: Surrealism in Contemporary American Poetry

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A roundtable discussion of Surrealism's continuing impact on writing conventions found in contemporary poetry and how Surrealist theories have influenced our North American understanding of writing and society. Panelists will examine how Surrealist techniques allow writers to explore complex social and personal ideas often prevalent in poetry and why explicit Surrealism instruction is valuable to any writing program. A focus will also be placed on the relationship between Surrealism and LGBTQ writing.

Purpose: Contemporary writing is teeming with surrealist techniques and theories but the root of these practices go unexamined and untaught. This panel is designed to encourage the study and discussion of Surrealism as a way for poets to take more authority over common poetic conventions by understanding their origins. We will also demonstrate Surrealism's contemporary usefulness as a tool for expressing complex identity and socio-political issues, such as queer theory.

Speakers
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Jess L. Bryant

Jess L. Bryant is the managing editor of Willow Springs Books and an MFA candidate in poetry at Eastern Washington University. Her poems have been published in Hobart, Stirring, and Stone Highway Review among others. 
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Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt was born and raised in the pacific northwest. He's uncertain about most things nowadays except that he likes poetry. He's an MFA candidate at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers.
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Danielle Weeks

Danielle Weeks is an MFA candidate at Eastern Washington University.


Saturday September 12, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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