On November 19 and 20, UNC Asheville will host a conference of poets and mathematicians celebrating "Oulipo," a literary movement founded in France 50 years ago this month. "Oulipo is mathematics and poetry in their most intimate interaction," says Patrick Bahls, associate professor mathematics at UNC Asheville one of the conference organizers. The term Oulipo is also used to describe forms of constrained and experimental poetry often involving the use of mathematics.
Conference speakers and workshop leaders include Bahls; UNC Asheville Professor of Literature Richard Chess; UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Multimedia Arts and Sciences Curt Cloninger; math historian Sloan Despeaux; poet Michael Long; UNC Asheville Professor of Literature Merritt Moseley and poet Kristin Prevallet. This event is co-sponsored by the UNC Asheville Departments of Literature & Language and Mathematics, the P.B. Parris Fund, the UNC Asheville Curricular Enhancement Fund, and the UNC Asheville Literature and Math Clubs.
For more information or to register, visit http://facstaff.unca.edu/pbahls/CCP2010Home.html