Brave New Literatures 2022 / 28 February 2022

Hidden Averse

Brave New Literatures Festival

In "Hidden Averse," my Virtual Reality verse experience, I merge spatial computing and poetic codes. Created as an ekphrastic interaction with Gaston Bachelard's "The Poetics of Space," I offer a lyrical meditation on the riddle of shells—a spiraling triangulation of curiosity, intimacy, and fear. Ben Richter's musical score adds a mysterious tonal soundscape as the 3D verse hides yet wants to be read, quivering magnetically over a digital lagoon. Mining the inverted spatialities of dreams, the shell's interior becomes exterior; the X/Y axis collapses. My tools include the Oculus Quest VR platform, Tilt Brush VR app, Sketchfab 3D modeling system, and the Movavi video editing suite. Music: by Ben Richter (


Margot Douaihy

Margot Douaihy, PhD, is a writer, editor and educator exploring multimodal storytelling and LGBTQ+ crime narratives. She is the author of four books, including the true-crime poetry project "Bandit/Queen: The Runaway Story of Belle Starr" (Clemson University Press, 2022). Douaihy teaches Creative Writing and Editing/Publishing (theory and practice) at Franklin Pierce University. She serves as the editor of Northern New England Review and a section editor of the Journal of Creative Writing Studies (RIT Scholar Works). Douaihy’s queer crime fiction, poetry, hybrid texts, critical essays and interactive stories have been published by Adirondack Review, APIARY, Atticus Review, Colorado Review, Diode Editions, Indianapolis Review, The Florida Review, North American Review, PBS NewsHour, The Madison Review, The Moth Magazine, Muswell Press, Mystery Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Portland Review, and South Carolina Review, among others.

She is participating with the BNL Festival via Sardam.