Bhanu Kapil announces a COMPETITION to win her extra copy of The Queer Art of Failure by Judith [Jack] Halberstam, accidentally ordered in duplicate. It is still covered with cellophane. Send an email documenting a failed project or text produced during your time [thus far] at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. How did you fail in ways that made your: resulting work: more vulnerable, less “relentlessly real?” [To paraphrase Elizabeth Grosz: because we can: we can paraphrase, compete and perform with an audience capable of interrupting us: because we want: as many failed drafts as possible — why?] Well, that’s it. The most interesting, the most vulnerable: failure — a la Halberstam: will receive THIS PRIZE. The judges are: Laura Ann Samuelson, curator of the forthcoming FAILURE festival, and some other mystery judges I haven’t asked yet. These people are less judges than rogue consultants, as I imagine it is going to be quite challenging to come up with a rubric for how well someone has failed.
Please submit an account of your failure, with accompanying products/evidence to: email@example.com [or drop them off at Bhanu Kapil’s pidgeon hole at Chestnut House.] Competition is open to current students of the Jack Kerouac School, both undergraduate and graduate. The prize will be awarded at a semi-public ceremony during the forthcoming QUEER POETICS symposium in March.