Events Fall 2009

SEPTEMBER

Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism: A Gathering
September 24th-25th
Belladonna* celebrates ten years of publishing and supporting the feminist avant-garde with a two-day conference on feminist poetics and activism. The conference launches on Thursday, September 24, with panels focusing on radical language processes and political thought, culminating in keynote performances by Kathleen Fraser, Erica Hunt, and Eileen Myles. On Friday, September 25, we will continue the conversation with a broad spectrum of panels focusing on a variety of topics including: the body as discourse, ecopoetics, multilingualism, exile and language, and writing from marginalized positions. The conference will conclude with a performance/collaboration between Carla Harryman, Catriona Strang & Christine Stewart, Sally Silvers, Lila Zemborain & Cecilia Torino. Other panelists and presenters include: Caroline Bergvall, Dodie Bellamy, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Zhang Er, Jeanne Heuving, Ann Lauterbach, Joan Retallack, Anne Waldman, Renaldo Wilson, and many others.
Onsite registration required. See http://belladonnaconference.blogspot.com for a complete schedule and registration information, or contact belladonnaseries@gmail.com.
Co-sponsored by Belladonna*, Center for the Study of Women and Society, Ph. D. Program in English, and the Center for Humanities.

OCTOBER

Eileen Myles: The Importance of Being Iceland. A reading and conversation with Erica Kaufman and Corey Frost. October 2nd, Friday, 6:30pm, Room 4406.

EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts. Launch of Issue 5. October 6th, Tuesday, 6:00pm, Segal Theatre.

Tendencies: Poetics and Practice
Trish Salah, Robert Gluck, Rachel Zolf
October 29th, Thursday, 6:30pm, The Skylight Room (9100)
A new series of talks by major poets, curated by Tim Peterson and titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, will explore the intersection of contemporary poetic manifesto, practice, queer theory, and pedagogy. Featuring Trish Salah, Robert Glück, and Rachel Zolf, followed by a discussion and Q&A session.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Center for Humanities, and the PhD Program in English.
NOVEMBER

Rockpile on the Road: Collaboration and the Troubadour Tradition in the 21st Century
David Meltzer & Michael Rothenberg
November 9th, Monday, 12:00pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre
Beat generation dissident poet/musician David Meltzer and poet/songwriter and editor of Bigbridge.org Michael Rothenberg talk about the evolution of song and poetry throughout history, censorship and activism, and the role of poetry and song as an instrument of change. With poet David Henderson, one of the founding members of the Umbra Poets Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

Tendencies: Poetics and Practice
Amy King, Wayne Koestenbaum, R. Erica Doyle
November 17th, Tuesday, 6:30pm, The Skylight Room (9100)
A new series of talks by major poets, curated by Tim Peterson and titled in honor of Eve Sedgwick, will explore the intersection of contemporary poetic manifesto, practice, queer theory, and pedagogy. Featuring Amy King, Wayne Koestenbaum, and R. Erica Doyle, followed by a discussion and Q&A session.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Humanities, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the PhD Program in English.

DECEMBER

CUNY Lost and Found
December 8th, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre
The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative is a publication project emerging from archival and textual scholarship done by students at the Graduate Center, with the primary focus on writers falling under the rubric of the New American Poetry. Since accessibility to archival material proposes alternative, divergent and enriched versions of literary and cultural history, the Initiative takes the New American rubric writ large, including the affiliated and unaffiliated, precursors and followers. The archive is not simply textual but living and guests for 2009-2010 include David Henderson, Margaret Randall, and David Meltzer. Come celebrate the launch of our first series, including works by Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, Kenneth Koch, Muriel Rukeyser, and Philip Whalen.

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