This panel takes up the question of eco-poetics as a queer, indigenous, and femme practice. The panelists will discuss their relationships to land-body intimacies, and the overt and discreet ways these concerns manifest in their work. How does ecopoetic practice link us to the collective? We will discuss naming as both a personal and writerly problem and the related issue of sounding—how do we invoke connection with our local ecosystems while experiencing disconnection from ancestral languages and lands? How do we access ancestral knowledge with broken lines? We will discuss the freedoms and the limits.
Panelists: Muriel Leung, Catalina Ouyang, Alison Rollins, Alison Smith with Maura Pellettieri moderating.
Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found in The Baffler, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, VONA/Voices Workshop and the Community of Writers. She is the Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal and host of The Blood-Jet Writing Hour podcast with Rachelle Cruz and MT Vallarta. She is a member of Miresa Collective, a feminist speakers bureau. Currently, she is a Dornsife Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY. For more information about her work, please visit www.murielleung.com.
Catalina Ouyang is a visual artist and child of the Chinese diaspora by way of St. Louis, New Jersey, and a cul-de-sac outside of Chicago. Her non-disciplinary practice spans sculpture, text, installation, performance, video, and participatory projects, among other modalities, exploring the interstices of myth, desire, subjugation, and monstrosity. Ouyang has had solo exhibitions at Rubber Factory (New York, NY), Selena Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Make Room (Los Angeles, CA), Trestle Projects (Brooklyn, NY), the Millitzer Gallery (St. Louis, MO), and fort gondo compound for the arts (St. Louis, MO). Her work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Italy, Germany, Mexico, and China. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. www.catalinaouyang.com
Maura Pellettieri is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her current work focuses on the relationship of the femme body to climate-based traumas. Since 2013, she has collaborated with visual artists in a variety of mediums, as well as with composers and writers. She has performed, curated, and installed works in St. Louis and New York, as well as at numerous rural sites. Her writing appears in On the Seawall, The Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, Newfound, Fairy Tale Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Vinyl, Guernica, Apogee, Tammy, and others. Her work has been supported by grants and residencies from Seguin Maine, The Yiddish Book Center, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis. www.maurapellettieri.com
Alison C. Rollins is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. A Pushcart Prize winner her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. Her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes (Copper Canyon Press) is available now. www.alisoncrollins.com
Allison Smith’s practice investigates the cultural phenomenon of historical reenactment as the ritualized performance of unresolved trauma. Through apprenticeships with culture bearers across traditions, she creates sculptures with a curative potential, serving as keys for time travel and the possibility of healing past, present, and future generations. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at P.S.1/MoMA, SFMOMA, Palais de Tokyo, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, MASS MoCA, the Tang Museum, among many others. She lives and works on the ancestral lands of the Ohlone peoples in the San Francisco Bay. Area. www.allisonsmithstudio.com