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Friday, September 29 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
CTRL-Shift: Prominent Poets on their Writing Practices at the Dawn of Personal Computing

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From November 2013 to June 2014, Librarian and poet Devin Becker interviewed 11 prominent poets across the country on their writing practices with a particular focus on how their practice changed with the dawn of the personal computer in the 1980s and 1990s. The interviews ranged widely across subjects, eras, and technologies, covering such topics as the iPad usage of Louise Glück and Rae Armantrout, Bruce Beasley’s use of Google Translate to rewrite adolescent poetry, K. Silem Mohammad’s flarf practices, Stephanie Strickland’s online mashup of Melville and Dickinson, and Robert Pinsky’s authoring of an early 80s text-based computer game. 
There were a few overarching questions, however, that guided the interviews: How did the introduction and subsequent spread of digital environments impact the way these writers produced their work? What types of changes did they experience during the transition from paper-based working environments to digitally based ones? Did they see these new environments as mere extensions of their paper-based ones? Or did they experience the change as a fundamental break in their practices? Becker attempted to cover these and a series of other in each interview with a view towards presenting the answers together 

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Devin Becker

Devin Becker is the Director of the Center for Digital Inquiry and Learning (CDIL) and the Head of Data & Digital Services at the University of Idaho Library, where he directs and maintains the library's digital initiatives program. Becker has published poetry and research articles... Read More →
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Corey Oglesby

Corey Oglesby is a third-year M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, his work has most recently appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal and Queen Mob's Teahouse. A 2017 Centrum Fellow, he currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief... Read More →
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Lauren Westerfield

Lauren Westerfield is an essayist from the Northern California coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], The Los Angeles Times, Redivider, and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. Lauren is an M.F.A candidate in nonfiction at the University... Read More →
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Robert Wrigley

Robert Wrigley has published twelve books of poetry, most recently Box (Penguin Books, 2017), and Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems (Penguin Books, 2013). Among his awards are the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Poets’ Prize, the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Prize, and the... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT
Missoula Art Museum

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