Fantastical, fabulist, fantasmatic, magical, magical realist, surrealist, science fictional, speculative, just plain weird, or what? — the agenda for 2016

courtesy http://blog.roundabouttheatre.org/2015/03/27/magical-realism-on-stage/
courtesy http://blog.roundabouttheatre.org/2015/03/27/magical-realism-on-stage/

Dear friends –

There’s a lot of talk about literary borders these days: what is and is not something or something else.

My friend R, who is a poet and performer and video artist says he’s HAD it with those boundaries and those arguments. “Who cares?” he says “whether it’s gothic or haiku or a prose poem?”

On one hand, as a writer, I totally agree. I make what I make and it is what it is and the most fun is when I don’t know and the reader doesn’t know either and it gets to feel a little fresh and different.

But I also think it’s interesting to think about those boundary crossings and the degree to which the unreal has become very visible and very important for us here in the US and elsewhere too.

Over the next year, I’m going to blog about these issues and I’ll share work that crosses my path that I think is interesting along these lines. I invite you to ask questions, agree, disagree and share texts, sites, practices, discussions, video, and whatever else that’s pertinent here.

If you would like to do a guest blog post here, please email me at stephaniebarbe.hammer@gmail.com and let’s discuss.

Wishing you a surprising and surprisingly happy 2016.

courtesy http://ego-alterego.com/magical-realism-surrealistic-paintings-rob-gonsalves/
courtesy http://ego-alterego.com/magical-realism-surrealistic-paintings-rob-gonsalves/

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