A Reading & Conversation with Don Mee Choi (moderated by Leslie Synn & Simone White))

February 24th, 2013
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Monday, April 15, 2013, 3pm,

@ the Graduate Center, Rm 5409

Don Mee Choi was born in S. Korea and came to the U.S. as a student in 1981. Her poems have appeared in The Asian Pacific American Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, disorient journalzine, and Gargoyle. The Morning News is Exciting (Action Books, 2010) is her first book. She also translates contemporary Korean women poets; her most recent is All the Garbage of the World, Unite! by Kim Hyesoon (Action Books, 2011). She is a recipient of a 2012 Lucien Stryck Asian Translation Prize, a 2011 Whiting Writer’s Award, a Daesan Translation Grant, a Korea Literature Translation Institute Translation Grant, an American Literary Translators Association Travel Fellowship, and has served as poet-in-residence at the Henry Art Gallery. She holds a BFA and an MFA from the California Institute for the Arts and a PhD in Modern Korean Literature and Translation from Union Institute and University. She lives in Seattle, where she is an instructor in adult basic education at Renton Technical College.

 

A Conversation with Maggie O’Sullivan (moderated by Erica Kaufman)

February 11th, 2013
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Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6-8pm

@ the Graduate Center, CUNY, Rm 5414

Maggie O’Sullivan born 20th July, 1951 Lincolnshire, England to Irish Catholic parents. Poet, artist, editor, publisher, she has performed her work and published internationally since the late 1970’s and is involved in numerous performance/workshop presentations, courses and residences. Between 1973 and 1988 she worked for BBC-TV, latterly as a researcher and production assistant on arts documentary films, notably the award-winning Arena series. For the last 16 years, she has lived on the Pennines outside Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

You can learn more about Maggie O’Sullivan, as well as read samples of her writing and view images of her visual artwork, on her website: http://www.maggieosullivan.co.uk/index.html

“I accrue hordes”: a Reading & Conversation with Simon Pettet (moderated by Kyle Waugh)

February 10th, 2013
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Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6-8pm

@ the Graduate Center, CUNY, Rm 5409

Simon Pettet is an English-born poet and long-time resident of New York’s Lower East Side. He has compiled and edited Selected Art Writings (1998) of the poet James Schuyler, as well as Schuyler’s uncollected poetry, Other Flowers (2011), and has collaborated with photographer-filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt on Conversations about Everything and Talking Pictures. Pettet’s Selected Poems (1995) is still available from Talisman House, as is his 2006 collection, More Winnowed Fragments, as well as Hearth (2008), his collected poems.

“Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity”: A Celebration of Jed Rasula’s New Anthology

February 9th, 2013
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Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6-8pm

@ the Graduate Center, CUNY, Rm 4406 (the English lounge)

Jed Rasula has a B.A. from Indiana University, and a PhD from the History of Consciousness Program at University of California, Santa Cruz. Taught at Pomona College (California) and Queen’s University (Canada) before coming to UGA in 2001. Publications include The American Poetry Wax Museum (1996), Imagining Language with Steve McCaffery (1998, paperback edition 2001), This Compost: Ecological Imperatives in American Poetry (2002), Syncopations: Contemporary American Poetry and the Stress of Innovation (2004) and Modernism and Poetic Inspiration: The Shadow Mouth (2009). Also, poetry books Tabula Rasula (1986) and Hot Wax, or Psyche’s Drip (2007). Most recent publication is the anthology Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (2012). Recently completed are two book length manuscripts on modernism, and under contract with Basic Books is “Destruction Was My Beatrice,” a study of the Dada movement.

“After Translation”: a Conversation with Ignacio Infante (moderated by Margaret Carson)

January 10th, 2013
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Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6-8pm

@ the Graduate Center, CUNY, Rm 4116 (HLBLL Thesis Room)

Ignacio Infante will discuss After Translation: The Transfer and Circulation of Modern Poetics Across the Atlantic (Fordham University Press, 2013), which rethinks the theoretical paradigm of Anglo-American “modernism” based on the transnational, interlingual, and transhistorical features of the work of key modern poets writing on both sides of the Atlantic— namely, the Portuguese Fernando Pessoa; the Chilean Vicente Huidobro; the Spaniard Federico Garcia Lorca; the San Francisco–based poets Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Robin Blaser; the Barbadian Kamau Brathwaite; and the Brazilian brothers Haroldo and Augusto de Campos.

Ignacio Infante (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University) is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis. His main fields of research include modern poetry, modernist and avant-garde poetics, Peninsular cultural studies, transatlantic literary studies, comparative literature, and translation theory.  He has also published two literary translations, Una ola (Barcelona: Random House Mondadori, 2002)—a translation into Spanish of John Ashbery’s A Wave, and Cómo viven los muertos (Barcelona: Random House Mondadori, 2003)—a translation of Will Self’s How the Dead Live.

Blueprint for Poetry: a reading & conversation with Cyrus Console & Michael Clune

September 2nd, 2012
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Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6-8pm

@ the Graduate Center, CUNY, Rm 5409

Cyrus Console is from Topeka, Kansas. He holds a B.S. in organismal biology and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas, and an M.F.A. from Bard College. His books include Brief Under Water (Burning Deck, 2008) andThe Odicy (Omnidawn, 2011). He lives in Kansas City and teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Michael Clune (PhD. Johns Hopkins University), specializes in American literature. His work investigates two basic questions: What difference does literature make? What methods might best illuminate that difference in the context of the modern research university? His book American Literature and the Free Market (Cambridge, 2010) examines how postwar writing from Frank O’Hara’s poetry to nineties gangster rap takes on social power by offering an escape from society. His current project focuses on literature’s effort to defeat time. Elements of this project have appeared in the journals Representations, Criticism, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Rethinking Autobiographies: Dana Ward & John Coletti in Conversation

February 23rd, 2012
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Friday, May 4, 4-6pm

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Dana Ward is the author of This Can’t Be Life (Edge Books), Typing ‘Wild Speech’ (Summer BF Press), The Drought (Open 24hrs), &, with the artist Paul Coors, I Want This Forever (Perfect Lovers Press). He lives in Cincinnati, edits Cy Press, & works as an advocate for adult literacy at the Over-The-Rhine Learning Center.

John Coletti is the author of Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs, 2005), Same Enemy Rainbow (fewer & further, 2008), and Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books, 2010). He recently finished serving as editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.

A Conversation: Robert Grenier & Ramsey Scott

February 23rd, 2012
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Thursday, March 8, 3:30-5pm

The Graduate Center, CUNY, Rm 5409

Poet, essayist, and drawing poem text artist Robert Grenier, a leading figure in the Language Writing movement, attended Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught literature and creative writing at U.C. Berkeley, Tufts, Franconia College, New College of California, and Mills College. He has held an Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship and two NEA Fellowships in Creative Writing.  He recently co-edited The Collected Poems of Larry Eigner, Volumes 1-4, for publication by Stanford University Press. An archive of Grenier’s work over the years, the Robert Grenier Papers, is housed in Stanford University’s Green Library.  Many of Grenier’s more recent creative works originate in personal notebooks, where he uses colored ink pens to make word/text-based drawings wherein “letters in some words have been left out or elided with others or take on resemblance to other letters or to natural forms or to personal gestalts.” (Karl Young, publisher, Light & Dust Books)

Ramsey Scott’s essays, poems, and fiction have appeared in various journals, including the Southwest Review, the Seneca Review, The Massachusetts Review, Shampoo, Tarpaulin Sky, Confrontation, Mirage #4/Period(ical), House Organ, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction.  He teaches at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Epic Animalia: A Reading & Conversation with Anne Waldman & Jeffrey Yang

February 23rd, 2012
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Thursday, March 8, 7-9pm

CUNY Graduate Center, Rm 5414

Anne Waldman was born in Millville, New Jersey, in 1945. Recently deemed a “counter-cultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly, Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor, and cultural activist. From 1966 until 1978, Waldman ran the St. Mark’s Poetry Project in New York, and in 1974, together with Allen Ginsberg, co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of more than 40 books and has concentrated on the long poem as a cultural intervention with such projects as Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble, Manatee/Humanity (all published by Penguin Poets) and the anti-war feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011). Her numerous anthologies include Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, and the co-edited collections Civil Disobediences, The Angel Hair Anthology, and Beats at Naropa. She has recently collaborated with artist Pat Steir on CRY STALL GAZE, which will be published by Brodsky Center, Rutgers University in 2012. Her CD The Milk of Universal Kindness, with music by Ambrose Bye, was released in 2011. Waldman is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and has recently been appointed a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. Waldman is the Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, the first Buddhist inspired university on the North American continent, and divides her time between Boulder and New York City.

Jeffrey Yang
is the author of the poetry books An Aquarium (winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Prize) and the Vanishing-Line. He is the translator of Su Shi’s East Slope and a collection of classical Chinese poems called Rhythm 226. Yang is also the co-editor (with Natasha Wimmer) of Two Lines: Some Kind of Beautiful Signal, and the editor of Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions. He is currently working on a translation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies.

THE NOVEL AS A FORM OF POETRY CRITICISM: A Conversation with Ben Lerner

November 2nd, 2011
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Friday, November 18, 2011

7:30PM

in The Skylight Lounge @ The CUNY Graduate Center (5th Avenue, b/w 34th & 35th)

This event will feature a talk by the poet, novelist, and National Book Award finalist, Ben Lerner, concerning his recent novel, Leaving the Atocha Station (Coffee House Press, 2011), followed by a short conversation, moderated by Kyle Waugh.


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