June 19, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: What is Artifact Literature?

Prose is written in a series of paragraphs. Poems, in a series of lines, stanzas. But is that it? Not if writers have anything to say about it. In the last ten years, great works of literature have been told via lists, Power Points, tweet storms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, YouTube comments, gifs—you name it. Actually, the first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms that writing can take is endless.

Tyler Barton and Erin Dorney of Fear No Lit will present about how great literature takes the form of everyday artifacts all around us. Specifically, they’ll present about their 2018 piece, The Hidden Museum, where they wrote fictional art labels and had them installed at the Susquehanna Museum of Art.

Tyler Barton (2)

Tyler Barton is the co-founder of Fear No Lit, the organization responsible for Page Match and the 2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship. He’s the author of the flash fiction chapbook, The Quiet Part Loud, which won the 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and will be published this winter by Split Lip Press. This past Fall, he attended the Anne LaBastille Writing Residency in the Adirondacks, where he finished his full-length story manuscript, Get Empty. Stories from that manuscript are forthcoming from Subtropics, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Meridian, and Paper Darts. Find more at tsbarton.com, or reach out at @goftyler.

Erin Dorney is the author of I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf (Mason Jar Press, 2018). She is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Career Development Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation; a 2017 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center; a 2016 Spruceton Inn Artist Residency; and was the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA. Erin’s recent projects include “Cento Box” for Container’s Multitudes series; “The Hidden Museum, 2018”, a collaborative conceptual art installation on display at the Susquehanna Art Museum; and “Dystopia Erased”, a literary erasure installation featured as part of Made Here: Future, an urban walking gallery in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. Erin is cofounder of FEAR NO LIT and volunteers with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

This and all meetings are open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org

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