Tim Tomlinson has given several presentations this summer, including “Poison Headache: Risk, Mess, and Sustainability in the Work of Bob Dylan,” presented at the 15th Biennial Symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region’s recent conference, “Elegance and Messiness in the Age of Risk,” held at the University of Hong Kong. Tim discussed Bob Dylan’s creative process from the perspective of risk, mess-making, and trial-and-error, using the texts of songs to track the evolution of his idioms, and samples of “official” and “unreleased/bootleg” tracks to show his trial-and-error process in the recording studio.
Also, Tim was invited by the Center for Creative Writing at University of Santo Tomas, Manila to give the 3rd Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta Memorial Lecture on July 3, 2013. Tim presented “Person, Place, Prose, Poem: A Workshop in Creative Writing,” an open lecture/workshop that brought together UST undergrads, graduate students, faculty, and even Santo Tomas high schoolers for talk, exercise, writing, and reading. Tim is most proud of the fact that he was able to get high schoolers out of class for his lecture.