About the 2019 Reynolda Conference: Entanglements

The 2019 Reynolda Conference at Wake Forest University, Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and Art, will bring together a diverse range of 10 featured poets, scientists, artists, and scholars from around the world whose work engages with transdisciplinary investigations into shared principles and methods in literature, science, and art. These featured presenters will be joined by special guests, Wake Forest University panelists, visiting attendees, and the public for three days of innovative programming. All conference activities will take place at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Distinguished, Featured Presenters

Click on each featured presenter’s name for a full profile with a biography and links to creative and scholarly work.

WILL ALEXANDER
DR. MADHUR ANAND
RAE ARMANTROUT
AMY CATANZANO (CONVENER)
ANDREW JORON
EDUARDO KAC
DR. MARK C. KRUSE
DR. MING-QIAN MA
ED ROBERSON
DR. GUSTAVO A. SCHWARTZ
ANNE WALDMAN

Special Guests

Entanglements is pleased to include the following visiting poets as special guests:

LEE ANN BROWN
ELÆ LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON
ADAM DICKINSON
STEPHANIE STRICKLAND
EDWIN TORRES

Wake Forest University Panelists

Entanglements is pleased to include the following Wake Forest University faculty and staff members as panelists:

LYNN BOOK
PAUL BRIGHT
DR. JOHN CURLEY
DR. WAYNE SILVER
DR. ELIZABETH A. WAY

Overview

The 2019 Reynolda Conference at Wake Forest University, Entanglements: A Conference on the Intersections of Poetry, Science, and Art, will bring together a diverse range of 10 leading poets, scientists, artists, and scholars from around the world whose work and/or teaching engages with transdisciplinary investigations into shared principles and methods in literature, science, and art. These featured presenters will be joined by Wake Forest University special guests, faculty and staff presenters, visiting attendees, and the public for three days of innovative programming. Entanglements is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with an award granted by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Additional sponsors are the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute with a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Creative Writing Minor in the Department of English, and the Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe) at Wake Forest University.

Entanglements is named after the quantum mechanical phenomenon of entanglement in which states of subatomic particles are intertwined with each other despite being spatially separated.

The conference has been uniquely organized as a National Endowment for the Humanities-style symposium combined with a literary and performing arts festival. During the daytime symposium, the 10 featured presenters, special guests, and Wake Forest University panelists present in sessions exploring the conference’s themes. Two special evening literary readings and performances highlight the featured presenters. All the events except those noted on the schedule are open to the entire university community and the public.

Throughout literary and artistic history there is a tradition of poets and artists rigorously engaging with science in their work. Similarly, there is a tradition of scientists rigorously engaging with art and literature. The featured presenters of Entanglements are interested in forging new ways to approach the fields in which they work by ambitiously moving outside of and between established categories, boundaries, and borders. By challenging assumptions about the ordinary limits of literature, art, and science and what they share or where they depart, the featured presenters of the conference think broadly and imaginatively about their subjects of study and creative and scholarly practices.

The themes to be examined include the historical, contemporary, and future intersections of literature, science, and art; collaborations between institutions and individuals across these disciplines; innovative pedagogy at these intersections; and publication, funding, and dissemination of ideas and projects. The primary questions to be engaged are: What innovative projects—art, artifacts, texts, songs, performances, dialogues, theoretical frameworks, experiments, models, and intergenre inventions—are being done at the intersections of poetry, science, and art? What is possible at these intersections for the future? What pioneering projects have come before, and how have they been received? What theoretical, ethical, and practical problems arise when working at the intersections of literature, art, and science, and how can these problems be addressed? For those participants in teaching positions, what methods are being developed to teach at these transdisciplinary intersections?

Entanglements provides three days of innovative academic scholarship and creative practice. The public events provide the communities of Wake Forest University and the Triad area of North Carolina an enriched setting in which to explore the intersections of science, art, and literature. Entanglements is being convened by Wake Forest University Associate Professor and Poet-in-Residence Amy Catanzano, who won the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded 2019 Reynolda Conference Award to convene the conference.

In honor of Anne Waldman’s participation in Entanglements, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art at Wake Forest University will hang Jim Dine’s painting, “The World (for Anne Waldman),” from February through July 2019.

Major Funding:
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with an award granted by the Wake Forest Humanities Institute and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Additional Sponsors:
Wake Forest University’s Humanities Institute with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Wake Forest University’s Creative Writing Minor in the Department of English

Wake Forest University’s Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center (IPLACe)