Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 9:30-11:00 am

SF Boardroom

“Pre-emptive Strategies: a Conversation Between Truong Tran and Ikaika Gleisberg”

Poet and visual artist Truong Tran is currently working on a project commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity Initiative which addresses the need to write and make art in the age of Trump. “Pre-emptive Strategies” cultivates writing and making that moves beyond the mode of responding and pushes against the overwhelming fatigue of resisting, witnessing and existing in this time.  In conversation with Dr. Gleisberg, Tran will discuss how his process of making and the making of meaning are inextricably linked and necessary in order remain connected to the creative capacities that can strategically respond to the current political moment.   


Truong Tran is an artist and writer living in San Francisco. His books include Placing the Accents, Dust and Conscience, The Book of Perceptions, Within The Margins, Four Letter words, the children’s book Going Home Coming Home and an exhibition catalog I Meant To Say Please Pass The Sugar. His writings have been translated into Dutch, French, Spanish and Vietnamese and his visual work is in international private collections. He has been twelve years a lecturer at SFSU and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mills College where he teaches writing workshops at the intersection of poetry and the visual arts. His latest body of exploration is entitled “The Book of Others” which is in search of a publisher willing to not look away.

Dr. A. Ikaika Gleisberg is an adjunct professor in the Diversity Studies and Critical Studies programs at the California College of the Arts. Their research and teaching interests rest at the intersections of indigenous studies, trans* studies, and queer theory.  Gleisberg’s current book-length manuscript, entitled Kissing the Ugly Parts: Violent Productions of Queer Otherness & the Embrace of Unintelligibility, examines contemporary textual representations of institutionalized and cultural violence in the U.S. and argues for an embrace of unintelligibility as an active and participatory practice that can rupture, dismantle, or subvert discursive constraint, while lending itself toward a deeply interpersonal ethics of care.