February 28th, 2011 / 12:00 pm

What is Experimental Literature? {Special Announcement}

Starting tomorrow, I will begin a month-long series I’ve blandly entitled “Five Questions About Experimental Literature,” which will showcase responses from ten contemporary innovators in the field: Bhanu Kapil, Miranda Mellis, Debra Di Blasi, Tantra Bensko, Susan Steinberg, Kate Zambreno, Amelia Gray, Danielle Dutton, Alexandra Chasin, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

The goal is to continue the exploration of this topic by opening the conversation to other perspectives.

I’m super excited to share with you the amazing responses the writers have given. The range is staggering. The insights are enlightening. I can’t thank the writers enough for all of the time and energy they’ve offered to this project, which promises to be very rewarding.

I hope you’ll enjoy this month’s series. If all goes well and it seems like people are into it, I plan to continue the series by creating five new questions for the month of April and inviting ten new writers to participate.


  1. Sean

      Looking forward to this. Thanks.

  2. Janey Smith

      Christopher? Wow. Very excited.

  3. mdbell79

      Great idea, Christopher. Can’t wait.

  4. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      That is an awesome mix of names that I expect may have some very different things to say. I look forward to this.

  5. Nick

      This should be fantastic— thanks for putting this together!

  6. Tummler

      Awesome, just awesome. Really looking forward to this.

  7. Ken Baumann


  8. Cassandra Troyan

      Fantastic Chris! Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Amber

      Yes, yes! Holy shit you are the best. Thanks, Chris.

  10. miette

      I just rubbed my eyes in an effort to make sure I’m seeing clearly on the genius of what you’ve planned here. My fingers, though, were greased with some forgotten lotion-substance, so now it’s a little stingy over here.

      Which doesn’t, though, make me second-guess the genius. I can’t wait for this.

  11. Shannon

      I’m really looking forward to reading this. I can’t wait to see what people have to say.

  12. Christopher Higgs

      Thanks, everybody!

  13. deadgod

      How many of these “innovators” will report that canon formation is inimical to “experiment” in literature?

  14. Jack M

      Looking forward to it.

  15. Anonymous