Queer Sentiments

When:9 Sep 2016, 3pm - 6pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington
Who:UNSWriting, Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia, UNSW Art & Design, School of the Arts & Media
Deborah Kelly

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An afternoon discussion and reading of Australian and U.S. queer poetry and poetics, with an emphasis on affective aspects, based around the visit of Professor Brian Reed, of the University of Washington in Seattle. The panel also features poet and scholar Assoc. Professor Kate Lilley, of the University of Sydney, and Dr Michael Farrell, Melbourne poet, co-editor of the lesbian and gay poetry anthology Out of the Box, and author of a recent book on colonial Australian poetics: Writing Australian Unsettlement. It is a unique event seeking to theorise and investigate relations between the queer history of Australian poetry with the contemporary; as well as correspondences – and differences – between Australia and the U.S.

The event will begin with a panel of papers, chaired by UNSW Art and Design's Dr Astrid Lorange, poet and author of How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein, followed by discussion. There will be a short break followed by a poetry reading from all four speakers.

Image: Courtesy of artist Deborah Kelly.

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  • 3pm arrival for 3:30pm Start
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm Panel Discussion
  • 5pm - 6pm Poetry Readings


Astrid Lorange (Chair)
Kate Lilley, “Queer Eye” Pam Brown’s Minor Affects”
Brian Reed, “John Ashbery and Queer Hoarding”
Michael Farrell, “A Sentimental Entry: Neilson, Mackellar, Queerness et al” 

Astrid LorangeAstrid Lorange (Chair) is a writer, editor and teacher from Sydney. She lectures in Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design. How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2014. Poetry books include Ex and Eating and Speaking. She curates the critical art talk series Conspiracy at Minerva in Potts Point and is one half of the collective Snack Syndicate.
Brian Reed

Brian Reed is Chair and Professor of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of three books--most recently Nobody's Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (2013)--and more than thirty essays and articles on modern and contemporary poetry. A new book--Mining the Intersection: Writing the History of Contemporary American Poetry--is forthcoming in 2017.

Kate LilleyKate Lilley is Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Versary and Ladylike and has published widely on queer feminist literary history and poetics. Her new book, Tilt, is forthcoming from Vagabond.

Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell is the co-editor of Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann). His PhD was revised and published as Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945 (Palgrave Macmillan). Recent articles have appeared in JASAL and Wasafiri. Cocky's Joy and Open Sesame (both Giramondo) are available, as are several downloadable chapbooks.

Following Queer Sentiments is this very special event with artist Rajni Shah. All welcome!

Experiments in Listening
Screening & Discussion

Experiments in Listening

Friday 9 September, 6.30 - 9pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington
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Experiments in Listening is the name for a series of three week-long performative dialogues that took place in 2014 and 2015 between (now Sydney-based) artist Rajni Shah and UK-based performance-makers Karen Christopher, Chris Goode, and Andy Smith. Each dialogue was both a celebration and a deep questioning of the listening that happens between friends.

Following Queer Sentiments you are welcome to stay around for the screening of three short films made by Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra, Griffyn Gilligan, and Jonathan Kemp in response to their time observing the dialogues. There will be a half-hour break between the events and on-campus eateries will be open as will the Io Myers Studio bar.

This is a free event.
Screenings will be followed by a short facilitated discussion with refreshments.

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Finding us
Io Myers Studio is located at the entrance to Gate 2 High St, Kensington. Look for the Creative Practice Lab neon sign in our foyer windows.

There is limited parking in the Gate 2 area around Io Myers Studio but free parking is available from 6:30pm in the car park next to NIDA accessed through Day Ave.

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