Radical Redaction with Joey De Jesus and Alex Watson

Radical Redaction with Joey De Jesus and Alex Watson


Erasure. Redaction. Blackout. At its most insidious, blacking out text constitutes censorship; an attempt to silence language that threatens existing structures of power. But these forms also have great radical potential as gestures of power, particularly when used on texts rooted in violence and oppression. In this workshop, we will ground our work in Audre Lorde's call to transform silence into language and action, conceptualizing redaction as a gesture of reasserting power over language. We will examine examples of writers using redaction and other palimpsestic forms to different ends, with government forms, news articles, and their own original texts; identifying the radical potential of these forms, and also the danger of reproducing the violence and power of the original texts. We will dedicate the majority of the time to generating new material from the old: workshop facilitators will offer some texts for the group to "black out," and participants are also encouraged to bring their own writing (at any stage of development). Participants will be encouraged, but never required, to share the new texts created from their redactions.

Alex Watson is executive editor of Apogee Journal, and a Lecturer in First Year Writing at Barnard College.  She was recipient of the Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center, and has received grant support for her work on Apogee from the New York State Council of the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Open Meadows Foundation. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Nat. Brut., Redivider, PANK, and The James Franco Review. She is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia’s School of the Arts.

Joey De Jesus is that queer Nuyorican nightmare plotting from the shadows to swipe all one hold's dear. Joey edits poetry for Apogee Journal, has a BA from Oberlin College, a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a 2017-8 Departmental Fellow in NYU’s MA in Performance Studies. Joey is a recipient of the 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry and lives in Queens. Poems have appeared in print, online, and live in various venues including at Artists Space, The New Museum, Basilica Soundscape, Bettering American Poetry, Anomaly, Puerto Rico en mi Corazon, BOAAT Press, Brooklyn Magazine, Southern Humanities Review, The Literary Review, Beloit Poetry Journal and elsewhere.

Photo by Dan Gutt

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 2-4pm NY Writers Coalition, 4th Floor | 80 Hanson Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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