Elisa Gabbert is a poet and essayist and the author of three collections: L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016), The Self Unstable (Black Ocean, 2013), and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). The Self Unstable was chosen by the New Yorker as one of the best books of 2013. Elisa’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Boston Review, the Paris Review Daily, Pacific Standard, Guernica, The Awl, Electric Literature, the Harvard Review, Threepenny Review, Real Life, Catapult, Jubilat, Diagram, and many other venues. She lives in Denver.
What happens when, suddenly, the world of sound cuts out, flickers back, goes away for good? In this talk, based on a series of essays he’s published over the past three years, John Cotter takes listeners on a tour of the panic of a strange disease, the struggle of saying goodbye to birdsong and pianos, and the ethics of talking about our pain at all: what use does it do? And what do you learn about sound when sound goes away?
John Cotter is the author of the novel Under the Small Lights. A deaf writer, John’s current project concerns the dynamics of sound and what the world resembles when sound disappears (excerpts in Catapult, Guernica, and Open Letters Monthly). In 2016 John was an inaugural fellow at the Lighthouse Writers Fort Lyon residency where he spent a month living and working with recovering addicts at a homeless shelter on the high plains of Colorado. His short fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, his poetry in Volt, his comics in Westworld, his art writing in Sculpture, and his literary criticism in Bookforum. He lives in Denver.