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Saturday, March 8 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Not Dead Yet: How Technology Is Saving Poetry

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The technological era presents a major challenge to poetry: brains accustomed to digital speeds are trained to consume information quickly, to scan through lists and posts looking for usable content—to PLUCK instead of to PONDER—while reading poetry requires close consideration and a focused mind. How can such a static form possibly retain interest in the digital age?
Enter a new crop of thinkers, who are using technology to expand poems into experiences created specifically to appeal to the fast-moving, digital-era mind.
Poet MANDY KAHN and ARCHITECT/FINE ARTIST DAVID O’BRIEN are collaborating on a project that expands individual poems into built 3D experiences you can enter like rooms.
POET DAVID SHOOK has created the POETRY DRONE, an unmanned military missile that disseminates poems instead of bombs.
And ANDREW KESSLER is the creator and CEO of Togather, an online platform that pioneers innovative ways to present literary content.

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Mandy Kahn

WriterMANDY KAHN is coauthor (with Aaron Rose) of the nonfiction book Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century’s Identity Crisis (JRP/Ringier), which is sold worldwide. The book was also released as a record with a score by No Age. Her first collection of poems, Math, Heaven... Read More →

Andrew Kessler

Founder/CEOTogatherAndrew Kessler is the founder and CEO of Togather.com, an events and crowdfunding platform that connects authors and readers through great experiences. Kessler created Togather out of a need he uncovered while promoting his book, Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am CST
Omni Downtown, Longhorn

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