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Irene Cooper

SESSION: Keynote, Friday, June 10, 1:30pm, Room 111

More than the Sum: Contemporary Collaborations Between the Arts

Some of the most exciting exhibition work and projects happening now embrace collaboration between media, including visual and tactile art, dance, music, and text. From basketball tournament-style essay events that consider popular music, to compositions of sound poetry, to call-and-response-style artmaking, artists and curators are mixing it up. Poet, fiction writer, essayist, and educator Irene Cooper leads a discussion about the big strokes and nuances of contemporary artistic collaborations.

SESSION: Workshop, Friday, June 10, 2:30pm, Room 205

Writing Under the Influence: Ekphrasis, & Beyond!

Writing while immersed in (an)other art form(s) opens up the body and its language centers in ways that can bring the intellectual and visceral together like never before in your prose or poetry. In this workshop we’ll generate text while engaging with sound, scene, and movement, and mine the results for stuff with which we can create fresh textual art.



Irene Cooper’s books include Committal, poet-friendly spy-fy about family (V.A. Press, 2020) & the poetry collection, spare change (FLP, 2021), a finalist for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. A psychological thriller is forthcoming in 2022. Writings appear in Denver Quarterly, The Feminist Wire, phoebe, The Rumpus, streetcake, Witness, & elsewhere. Irene teaches in community and supports AIC-directed writing opportunities at a regional prison. She lives with her people and Maggie in Oregon.


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