The &Now literary festival, a biennial celebration of cutting-edge writing and interdisciplinary projects and the discussions that surround them, begins Wednesday at CalArts. From March 25-28, the university will host hundreds of authors working in the literary avant-garde.
The more than 80 panels, performances, screenings and happenings are ticketed; costs range from $20 for a one-day student pass to a $100 conference pass that covers all four days.
Sessions include "Narrative Fragments: Art, Language, Algorithm," "Transconceptualisms / Transconceptualismos: Emergent Poetics in Spanish," "Mixed Doubles: Collaboration and Textual Tension," "Power, Slippage and the Visual: The Spaces of Fiction in a Visual Culture," "Marvelous Trash: Fan Fiction and Conceptualism" and "Speculative Academies: Interventions Into 21st Century Pedagogy."
Claudia Rankine, whose award-winning collection of prose poetry, "Citizen," was the first book to be a National Book Critics Circle finalist in two categories, Criticism and Poetry, will appear on Thursday at the panel "(Re)Figuring Voice: A Talk, A Screening, A Performance and Two Readings" with Laura Elrick, Miranda Mellis, Christina Milletti and Christine Hume.
Authors appearing include poet and essayist Maggie Nelson, whose book "The Argonauts" is coming in May; Nick Montfort, who develops literary generators at
The keynote will be delivered by Caribbean Canadian author M. NourbeSe Philip. The award-winning writer works in many forms -- poetry, performance, fiction, essay, criticism -- and often addresses issues of gender, race, slavery and colonialism. She speaks Saturday at 8 p.m.
The &Now conference has recently been held at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Université de la