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The Ecopoetics of Emergency: Risk Paradigms in Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Claudia Rankine

Beginning with an overview of "ecopoetics"—a term some poets and scholars use to name that poetry and/or poetics that grapples with the question of human environmental impact in increasingly critical ways—Hume will then discuss "risk paradigms," or ways of imagining, recognizing, and weighing various forms of environmental risk, in the poetry of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Claudia Rankine. After her critical presentation, Hume will read from her own creative work as a poet, which explores the biopolitical body in a time of ecological collapse.

Angela Hume lives in Oakland. She is the author of The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Mrs. Maybe, Little Red Leaves, RealPoetik, eccolinguistics, Zoland Poetry, and Spinning Jenny, among others. Her critical work is forthcoming or has appeared in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, ecopoetics, Evening Will Come, and Evental Aesthetics.

Angela, who received her bachelor’s degree from Drake University, holds an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California and is currently working toward a PhD in English at University of California, Davis, on 20th and 21st century “ecolyric.” Currently she is organizing the 2013 Conference on Ecopoetics, which will take place this month in Berkeley, California.

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