Reading: CAConrad & Will Montgomery - Sounding Ritual: (Soma)tics and Acoustics

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Join us for our Five Bodies series of free monthly talks and readings exploring creative-critical writing, hybrid methodologies and experimental thinking.

A collaboration between the Critical Poetics Research Group at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Contemporary, this series of talks and readings investigates poetic ecologies in the Anthropocene. Exploring ideas from weeds and water to eco-trauma and deep time, and featuring some of the most important international creative-critical voices working today, the talks and readings aim to open up new conversations about entanglement, coexistence, resilience and sustainability.

A recording of this event will be made available to view after the live stream.

CAConrad has been working with the ancient technologies of poetry and ritual since 1975. Their new book is AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration (Wave Books, 2021). They received a Creative Capital grant, a Pew Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Believer Magazine Book Award. Their play The Obituary Show was made into a film in 2022 by Augusto Cascales. They teach at Columbia University in New York City and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.

Will Montgomery is a Reader in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London. His publications include The Poetry of Susan Howe (Palgrave, 2010), two co-edited essay collections – Frank O'Hara Now (co-edited with Robert Hampson, Liverpool UP, 2010), and Writing the Field Recording: Sound, Word Environment (co-edited with Stephen Benson, Edinburgh UP, 2018) – and the recent monograph Short Form American Poetry: the Modernist Tradition (Edinburgh UP, 2020). Will has released several CDs of field recordings, sound art and music and has collaborated with the poet Carol Watts and the artist and writer Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.

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