Symposium on Queer Poetics

Through this symposium, we hope to prompt and document a discourse at the intersection of gender and genre, sexuality and textuality; to consider the politics of syntax and sex, the body and the not-body; to question, torque, deterritorialize, curate, and inhabit the languages, forms, and somas of queer poetics.Queer Poetics Poster

Queer Poetics Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Free and open to all.

Queer Poetics Reading

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Free and open to all.

How do we destabilize heterocentric systems and aesthetics? How do performance and curation extend a conversation about embodiment and its limits? What are the values of transgressive writing, and how do we transgress biopolitical borders in ways that attend to an ethics of rupture and vulnerability, what Judith Halberstam has described as "the queer art of failure"? Are these questions the ones we really want to ask or answer?

The Queer Poetics Symposium's guest writers—Ana Božičević, Teresa Carmody, Lucas de Lima, and Trace Peterson—have been invited to respond to the questions above, and elaborate on them during a two-day symposium consisting of a series of panel discussions, readings, and community talks on publishing and writing practices.


Ana BožičevićAna Božicevic, born in Croatia, is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (2009) and Rise in the Fall, Publishers Weekly's top five in poetry for 2013. She teaches and studies poetics at the City University of New York. Sophia Le Fraga is the author of I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (2012), I R L, YOU RL (2013) and L O V E S O N G (2014). Her work has been exhibited and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. They perform as a poetry duo called not_I.


Teresa CarmodyTeresa Carmody is the author of the story collection Requiem and three chapbooks: I Can Feel (Insert Press, 2011), Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008) and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). With Amina Cain, she co-curated Both Sides and the Center, and with Vanessa Place, she co-curated QED and QED II, a series of conversations around queerness and affinities. She is an organizer of the original Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington, a co-founding director of Les Figues Press, and a co-editor of its anthology I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English/Creating Writing at the University of Denver.

Lucas de LimaLucas de Lima was born in southeastern Brazil. He is the author of Wet Land (Action Books) as well as the chapbooks Ghostlines (Radioactive Moat) and Terraputa(forthcoming from Birds of Lace). He contributes to Montevidayo and pursues doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.


Trace PetersonTrace Peterson's two favorite things are sex and literary criticism. Author of the poetry book Since I Moved In (Chax Press) and numerous chapbooks of poems, she is also editor/publisher of EOAGH, co-editor of the new anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books) which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award this year, and co-editor of the forthcoming Gil Ott: Collected Writings(Chax Press). From 2009–2012, she curated the TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice series inspired by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick at CUNY Graduate Center in NYC, where she is currently a Ph.D. Candidate.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at 303-546-3581 or  to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.