(essays & projects)

Ghosts of Memory: Mournful Performance and the Rhetorical Event of
Haunting (Or: Specters of Occupy)
Trevor L. Hoag

The Reality of Contingency: Performance as Materialized Trope and the
Theorization of Rupture
Kurt Zemlicka & Marjorie Hazeltine

Say Nothing. Say Anything. Do Something: Expressing the Ineffable in Performance Poetry   [pdf]
Sophie Fenella Robins

On a Multiplicity: Deconstructing Cartesian Dualism Using Mathematical Tools in Performance     [pdf]
Telma João Santos

Concrete and Dust: A Performative Response     [pdf]
Amber Johnson

How Antoine Dodson and the Bed Intruder Keep Climbin’ in Our Windows:
Viral Video Appropriation as Performance
    [external website]
[» download pdf, minus integrated videos]

Lyndsay Michalik

(on poetry worlds)

Guest editor: Jen Vernon

Why 'Poetry Worlds'?   [pdf]
Jen Vernon & Bill Marsh

Border Disputes: Spoken Word and Its Humble Critics     [pdf]
Corey Frost

Voicing Diverse Working Class Sentiment and Bringing Poetry to Life:
The Contribution of San Diego’s Millennial Poetry Crews
Jen Vernon

From Slam to Def Poetry Jam: Spoken Word Poetry and its Counterpublics     [pdf]
Susan B. A. Somers-Willett

On Out of Focus Nuyoricans, Noricuas, and Performance Identities     [pdf]
Urayoán Noel

Prospecting with the ‘Poetry Pioneers’: Youth Poetry Slam and the U.K.’s WordCup     [pdf]
Helen Gregory

<notes on contributors>

» Corey Frost (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) is an assistant professor of English at New Jersey City University and a performer of poetic texts. He is working on a collection of writing on spoken word, technology, and rhetoric provisionally entitled The Omnidirectional Microphone.

» Helen Gregory is a social scientist, performance poet, and Psychology Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK. She is interested in the study of arts and creativity, and in performative social science or arts-based research. She has studied spoken word and poet-ry slam communities, educational applications of youth poetry slam, and arts-interventions in dementia care. In recent years, she has begun to combine her research with poetry and visual arts, using art as a means of data collection, analysis and dissemination. She also runs poetry events, and programs the poetry stages for Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Fes-tivals. Her website is www.hgregory.co.uk.

» Marjorie Hazeltine (MA Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an actress in the San Francisco Bay Area and teaches English at The Harker School in San Jose, CA.

» Trevor L. Hoag is Assistant Professor of English at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where his research and teaching interests include rhetorical theory, digital media, and continental philosophy, particularly where these fields investi-gate memory and social movements. He earned his Ph.D. in English/Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin (2013), and his M.A. in philosophy from Ohio University (2007). His book in progress, Occupying Memory: Rhetoric, Trauma, Mourning, analyzes how persuasion, figuration, and writing-in-general function in relation to memorialization, trauma narratives, grieving, haunting, and survival. His work appears in the journals In/Visible Culture and Currents in Electronic Literacy.

» Amber Johnson (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is an Assistant Professor of Languages and Communication at Prairie View A&M University. Her research trajectory merges qualitative and rhetorical research design in the areas of identity, intersectionality, sexuality, performance and new media. Her focus is on poetic narratives of sexuality at the intersections of race, class, geography, education and beauty.

» Bill Marsh is a poet and teacher based in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Plagiarism: Alchemy and Remedy in Higher Education (SUNY Press, 2007) and edits the Heretical Texts book series through Factory School.

» Lyndsay Michalik (PhD, Louisiana State University) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at Oberlin College & Conservatory, where she teaches courses in Video Production, Remix Culture, Digital Adaptation, Performance and Intermediality, and Video Art.

» Urayoán Noel is Assistant Professor of English and Spanish at NYU. He is the author of In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014) and of several books of poetry.

» Sophie Fenella Robins is a poet and a performer from London. Her interests lie in the distinction between spoken word and page poetry, and the integration of per-formance into poetry. She has a BA in English Literature and Drama Studies from the University of Sussex (2011), and an MA in Practice as Research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2012). She has performed her poetry up and down the UK, both independently and with a collective called Burn After Reading. Her poetry has also been published in a number of anthologies and magazines, and she is the poetry editor of The Patchwork Paper. Her website is www.sophiefenella.co.uk

» Telma João Santos is a Professor of Mathematics at University of Évora in Portugal. She is currently finshing a second PhD in Performance Art. She is a member of CIMA-UE (Research Center on Mathematics and Applications of the University of Évora-Portugal), and also a member of CIEBA (Research Center on Art Studies of the University of Lisbon-Portugal). Her contribution in this issue is financially supported by Portuguese National Funds through FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia) under the ambit of the project Pest-OE/MAT/UI0117/2014, “b.”

» Susan B.A. Somers-Willett is the author of a book of criticism, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2009), as well as two books of poetry, Quiver (University of Georgia Press, 2009) and Roam (Crab Orchard Award Series, 2006). Her poetry and criticism has been featured by several periodicals including The New York Times, Poets & Writers, The Globe and Mail, and The New Yorker. A veteran of the National Poetry Slam for over 15 years, her honors include a Mellon Fellowship, the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, a Gracie Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She has taught at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Illinois, and Montclair State University; she currently is an administrator in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Her website is www.susansw.com

» Jen Vernon is an assistant professor of Communication: Performance Studies and Culture at Sierra College, Rocklin, CA, a poet, and a critic of “poetry worlds.” She is the author of Rock Candy (West End press, 2009), a book of poetry, winner of the 2010 Tillie Olson Award, Working Class Studies Association, Youngstown State University.

» Kurt Zemlicka is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on poststructuralist rhetorical theory, psychoanalysis, and the study of bioethics and public argument.

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (issn: 1557-2935)

editor-in-chief: Michael LeVan (University of South Florida)
the city editor: Daniel Makagon (DePaul University)
digital horizons editors: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook (Southern Illinois University) and Daniel (Jake) Simmons
   (Angelo State University)
performance & pedagogy editor: Keith Nainby (California State University Stanislaus)
book review editor: Christopher J. McRae (University of South Florida)

banner photo/design ("illumination") by Michael LeVan

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