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Conference focuses on experimental writing

The Department of English is hosting a conference Oct. 22 and 23 titled “Defining the New - Experiments and Innovations in English Studies.”

It will explore the ideas that writers execute in order to make their style new and interesting in a field that has been around for thousands of years. The conference is free and open to the public.

“Our goal is to bring together writers and scholars who are interested in the many facets of experimental writing,” said Kate Neurnberger, one of the many graduate students working to organize the event. “We have panels where rhetoricians, literary historians and poets are all presenting, joined by their shared interest in innovation, instead of isolated in their separate fields.”

The department has partnered with the literary magazine “Quarter after Eight” to produce the weekend event. “Quarter after Eight” is a literary publication completely focused on innovative writing and will hold readings and critiques of some of its most unique pieces during the conference.

“Students and members of the Athens community who attend this conference will have the chance to immerse themselves in lively conversations and debates about writers pushing the boundaries of what literature can do,” said Neurnberger.

Featured events include a reading by writer Imad Rahman from his book, “I Dream of Microwaves” at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 in Ellis Hall room 113 and keynote speech by Anne Frances Wysocki at 10 a.m. Oct. 23 in Ellis Hall room 213.

Other seminars include “Literature as Political Action,” which kicks off the conference at noon on Oct. 22 and “Innovations in Pedagogy” at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23. These two panels will take place in Baker University Center.

The schedule of panel presentations will be available soon online at www.english.ohiou.edu/conference.