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About The Event
Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS United Kingdom
Writing from the edge of avant garde: cosmonauts, breathlessness, race and place
Rosie Šnajdr and James Goodwin are writers working at the bleeding-edge of the new avant-garde. Šnajdr will read an excerpt from her concrete prose piece, We Are Cosmonauts, which sets images from propagada and paparazzi against the human experience at the heart of the spectacle, following Yuri Gagarin’s flight through space, memory, and communist heroism. Goodwin’s poetry emanates from the social life of poetry, from a condition of entanglement before, in already resisting, historically racially specific forms of representation. Another word for emanation is breath. Breath constitutes the preservation of placelessness. It’s a problem for individual place/body/context/location/world/text, because our sociality—aired, fleshed out, enacted, overflowing and overdubbing—already brings us, gathers us, takes us in.
James Goodwin is a poet doing a PhD in English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. His poetry has appeared in Zarf, Intercapillary Space, Splinter, Datableed, No Prizes, Paratext, and the Berkeley Poetry Review. A section of his poem, COMPOSITION FOR FRIENDS, was recently displayed for the exhibition Heartbreaks. Or: Loving you is complicated at the Austrian Association of Women Artists. With Rosie Šnajdr, he is coediting an anthology of contemporary experimental literature.
Rosie Šnajdr is a writer of experimental fiction. Her novella, A Hypocritical Reader (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2018) explores the dysfunctional relationship between reader and writer, and the demands that have come to characterise it. Most recently, her concrete artwork/short story We Are Cosmonauts (The Aleph Press, Hesterglock Press, 2019) has explored the difficulty of finding space for humanity in heroism and celebrity, through the lens of Yuri Gagarin’s extraordinary career. She is Co-Editor of The Cambridge Literary Review.
This session will be held in QA075 (Edinburgh Room), University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College. All attendees must have a valid ticket.