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Poetry in Public Spaces

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (issn: 1557-2935)

editor-in-chief: Michael LeVan (Vancouver, WA)
the city editor: Daniel Makagon (DePaul University)
digital horizons editors: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook (Southern Illinois University) and Daniel (Jake) Simmons (Missouri State University)
performance & pedagogy editor: Christopher J. McRae (University of South Florida)
book review editor: Christopher J. McRae (University of South Florida)

Guest Editors: Cornelia Gräbner & Daniel F. Chamberlain

Poetry, Public Spaces, and Radical Meeting Places — Invitation (essay)
Daniel F. Chamberlain & Cornelia Gräbner

Poetry in Public Places: Field Recordings
Graham Mort

Radical Meeting Places, Poetry and the Public Domain (essay)
Daniel F. Chamberlain

Public Spaces and Global Listening Spaces: Poetic Resonances from the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico (essay & videos)
Cornelia Gräbner

World Literature at the Alsace Borderland: The Frontier Poetics of Claude Vigée and André Weckmann’s Poetry (essay)
Delphine Grass

Literary Acts of Decolonisation: Contemporary Mapuche Poetry in Santiago de Chile (essay)
Joanna Crow

Two Videos (video performances)

The Chant of the Chora — On Márcio-André’s Performances (essay)
Bálint Urbán

Underground Poetry and Poetry on the Underground (essay)
Robert Crawshaw

“Tomas para un Documental” (“Shots for a Documentary”) and the Thick Framing of History (essay)
Constanza Ceresa

“Vos y yo estamos acá”: Lyric/Non-Lyric and Public Space in the Poetry of Andi Nachon (essay)
Ben Bollig

Ben Bollig is Faculty Lecturer in Spanish-American Literature at the University of Oxford, and is Fellow and Tutor in Spanish at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He is an editor of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. His books Néstor Perlongher. The Poetic Search for an Argentine Marginal Voice and Modern Argentine Poetry. Displacement, Exile, Migration are available from University of Wales Press. He co-edited a special edition of Alba Londres (no. 5) dedicated to Argentine poetry in English translation last year. He contributes to El extremo sur. Confines (Chubut, Arg.) and The Times Literary Supplement (London).

Constanza Ceresa (Ph.D. Latin American Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Latin American Cultural Studies, Universidad de Chile. Her research focuses on the relationship between poetics and politics in contemporary Chilean and Argentine poetry and film. Her postdoctoral project discusses the new realisms in current literary and cinematic works in both countries. Among her recent publications are “Velocidad y desorientación en Punctum de Martín Gambarotta y Silvia Prieto de Martín Rejtman” (Journal Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas, 2014) and “Objeto y exceso: una lectura del poema ‘El Automóvil’ de Gonzalo Millán” (in Caballero Vázquez,et al (eds.) Imágenes y realismos en América Latina. Leiden: Almenara, 2014) .

Daniel F. Chamberlain is Professor of Spanish at Queen’s University (Canada). He completed an undergraduate degree in Spanish at Mexico’s National University and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. His research has focused on the experience of literature in oral and written narrative traditions of Africa, the Caribbean, and Spanish America. He is author of Narrative Perspective in Fiction: A Phenomenological Mediation of Reader, Text, and World and of numerous articles and chapters on theory and oral narrative for international journals and editions. He currently codirects a major research project for the International Comparative Literature Association on ways to better accommodate oral celebrations of language in Literary Histories.

Robert Crawshaw is Senior Lecturer in French and European Studies at Lancaster University. A former Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz and academic advisor to the European Commission, his research interests range from the pragmatics of intercultural communication to the sociology of literature with particular reference to migration and social change.

Joanna Crow is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol. She has written numerous journal articles on indigenous Mapuche history, and on debates about race and nation making in Chile. Her first monograph The Mapuche in Modern Chile: A Cultural History was published by University Press of Florida in 2013. She is currently working on a new research project which explores Chilean-Peruvian intellectual conversations about race.

Cornelia Gräbner is Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Lancaster University. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Bonn, Germany, and an PhD in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has published extensively on performance poetry and on contemporary resistance literature (especially poetry) in Europe and in the Americas.

Delphine Grass is Lecturer in French studies at Lancaster University. She is currently writing a book entitled Michel Houellebecq, Literature and Aesthetics in the Era of Globalisation. Her research explores the intersections between globalisation and modern subjectivities in literature.

Márcio-André is a writer, performer, sound and visual artist born in Rio de Janeiro in 1978. He is the author of five books, including poetry, a novel, and essays. He has collaborated with newspapers and magazines including O Globo, Jornal do Brasil and O Estado de Minas. His works were translated into ten languages, appearing in numerous Brazilian and international anthologies. An experimental artist, with works in the area of sound and visual poetry, installation and performance, M-A has performed in the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Ukraine, Hungary, Macedonia, Spain, Netherlands, Argentina, Peru, Canada, USA, and several cities in Brazil. Thanks to his Radioactive-Poetic Conference (2007) in the ghost town of Chernobyl, in Ukraine, he became “the first radioactive poet in the world.” (Website:

Graham Mort is Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature at Lancaster University, where he co-directs the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. His latest book of poems Cusp was published by Seren in 2011. His collaborative and multilingual public art installation and performance work include the Preston Peace Garden; The Pavement Project, Bradford; Brockholes National Park Centre; Sing Like a River, Beyond Borders Festival, Kampala; and work with the Gaelic language theatre company, Fir Clish, Lewis. He is currently working on an oral history project with older women in Kurdistan who lived through the terror and displacement of the Al-Anfal campaign. His new book of short stories, Terroir, is published by Seren Books (2015).

Bálint Urbán is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Portuguese Studies at the University ELTE of Budapest. His research focuses on the deconstruction of national myths and mythical narratives in the post-revolutionary Portuguese fiction. He has edited and translated an anthology of Portuguese theater plays, several works of Portuguese and Brasilian prose and poetry (Al Berto,Gonçalo M. Tavares, Sérgio Sant’Anna, etc.), as well as French philospohy (Foucault and Deleuze). He is a member of the Association of Young Hungarian Writers (FISZ).